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Health Concerns Around Low Income Issues
Subject Guide: Health Concerns Around Low Income Issues

The following is a list of web sites for locating information based upon subject. If you have any questions, please email us at or call the Consumer Health Information Center at  972.548.6869 .  Please report broken links to

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Local Resources for Assistance

Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Links to programs, services, and resources provided by Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

HRSA--Find a Health Center
Locator for health center. Federally-funded health centers care for you, even if you have no health insurance. You pay what you can afford, based on your income.

Collin County Health Care Services
Links to resources and services provided by Collin County Health Department including information on the Indigent Program.

Planned Parenthood
Links to resources and services provided by Planned Parenthood for men and women.

Children and Community Health Center in McKinney
The Children and Community Health Clinic provides basic healthcare to children and adults. All services are provided free of charge to individuals without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, or nationality. The only requirement is that the patient must be unable to access healthcare services through the traditional fee-for-service delivery system. You can contact the center at 972.547.0606.

McKinney Family Planning Center
This clinic is part of Community Health Service Agency, Inc. This clinic provide services such as nutritional counseling, social services, family planning, HIV/AIDS testing and counseling, integrated eligibility, health education, laboratory, and pharmacy. You can contact the center at 214.491.1726.

North Texas Cares (NTX Carees) Their mission is to provide the highest quality, most cost efficient health and wellness care to the underserved in our community. They serve all families from the Collin, Denton and North Texas communities, who for any reason are struggling with finding affordable healthcare.

Plano Children's Medical Clinic and Collin County Adult Clinic

Primary Care Clinic of North Texas
Links to health care clinics for uninsured adults in the Plano, Dallas, and Lewisville area.                         
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Prescription Assistance Programs

NeedyMeds provides information about patient assistance programs which provide no cost prescription medications to eligible participants.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance
Partnership For Prescription Assistance brings together America's pharmaceutical companies, doctors, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program that's right for them.

Lilly TruAssist
Collection of Lilly patient assistance programs that offer assistance to help people obtain the Lilly medicines they need.  This site includes all of Lilly's patient assistance programs with individual program details. 

NAMI Prescription Drug Assistance 
NAMI: The Nation's Voice on Mental Illness has put together a list of of government programs, non-profit organizations, and pharmaceutical companies offering free or low-cost medication. 

GSK Access
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Access offers GSK prescription medicines-at no cost-to qualified patients who are enrolled in a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan and need help paying for treatment.

The Access Project
The Access Project is an information clearinghouse. Information regarding medications available for HIV and AIDS patients are available.

Express Scripts Medicare (PDP)
Program offers discounts for prescription drugs for low-income residents.

Pfizer Connection to Care and Pfizer Friends
Pfizer also offers a Helpful Answers phone service at 1-866-706-2400. More information can be found at their website.

Together Rx  Acces
Together Rx Access is a free savings program that helps eligible participants save approximately 25%-40% and sometimes more on over 275 brand-name prescription drugs and other prescription products, as well as savings on a wide range of generic drugs. This program is for families and individuals without prescription drug coverage.

Medicare  Prescription Drug and Other Assistance Programs
This government Medicare site provides information on public and private programs that offer discounted or free medication and programs that provide help with other health care costs.

Collin County Prescription Discount Card
Collin County participates in the nationwide NACO Prescription Discount Card for uninsured and underinsured county residents. Collin County residents can pick up the discount cards at Collin County's Health Care Services at 825 N. McDonald Street in McKinney. For more information, please call 972.548.5500.

Rx Outreach
Provides qualified low-income individuals and families with access to generic versions of brand name medications.

RX Hope
Rx Hope is the only patient assistance Internet initiative financially supported by PhRMA (Pharmaceutical and Research Manufacturers of America) and participating pharmaceutical companies.

Rx Assist
Rx Assist is a website with information, news, and a database that are all designed to help you find out about ways to get affordable, or free, medications. The database includes information on the pharmaceutical companies' patient assistance programs, or programs that provide free or low cost medication to low-income patients. RxAssist was created by Volunteers in Health Care, a national, nonprofit resource center for health care programs working with the uninsured.

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Benefits Assistance Programs

Benefits Checkup
BenefitsCheckUp is the nation's most comprehensive online service to screen for federal, state and some local private and public benefits for older adults (ages 55 and over). It contains over 1,300 different programs from all fifty states (including the District of Columbia). On average there are 50 to 70 programs available to individuals per state. BenefitsCheckUp is a service of the National Council on the Aging. It offers checkup for benefits, drugs, and Medicare Card Finder.

Real Benefits
Real Benefits web-based application, intended for use by advocates and service-providers, performs very sophisticated and accurate eligibility screening for state and national benefit programs.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance
In order to find out what patient assistance programs you may qualify for, all you have to do is answer a few short eligibility questions. This site will help supply you with the information you need to get involved in a program and even allow you to download applications online.

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Insurance Resources

Families USA: The Voice for Health Care Consumers
Families USA is a national nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans.

Texas Health Insurance Risk Pool
An individual health insurance program created by the Texas Legislature to provide health insurance to Texans who cannot obtain adequate health insurance because of (1) a medical condition or (2) HIPAA-related health insurance portability issues.

Texas Department of  Insurance: Health Insurance
Links to resources provided by Texas Department of Insurance on health insurance.

Health Insurance Options for the Uninsured
Links to resources for the uninsured provided by the American Diabetes Association

Rural Assistance Center (RAC): Uninsured And Underinsured
Links to resources for the uninsured and underinsured for all age groups provided by the Rural Assistance Center.

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