In response to the growing number of people without health insurance – in excess of 50 million according to the 2010 U.S. Census, the Allegheny County Health Department has updated its directory of local health centers and clinics that serve people with minimal or no health insurance.
"Our guide will remain a valuable resource for the uninsured and underinsured until the health care reform law fully goes into effect and expands access to health care," said County Health Director Dr. Bruce W. Dixon.
The latest version has an expanded list of dental care services and other recently added resources, including a new weekly walk-in clinic sponsored by the Monroeville Assembly of God and support groups/programs for cancer patients and loved ones offered by the Cancer Caring Center.
Originally published in 2007, the directory is intended primarily for social service agencies and other community organizations dealing with the uninsured, but individuals also may find it useful as a handy guide to health care providers.
Most of the providers listed in the directory use a sliding fee schedule based on household income and family size for patients with no insurance. The fees may be as little as $25 or less and possibly even waived in cases of extreme financial hardship.
The 38-page guide lists more than 40 local clinics and health centers as well as resources to help with other needs, including prescription drugs, vision care, dental care, transportation and health advocacy. It also features a listing of health insurance options for low-income families.