Uninsured Care Program
The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) distributes funds to many organizations throughout the state to provide health care services to patients who lack the funds or insurance coverage to pay for vital health services. Below is a list of some of the organizations and programs that are funded by ODH, along with contact information for finding a clinic.
Federally Qualified Health Centers
ODH distributes funds to the Ohio Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to pay for the Uninsured Care Program. The Uninsured Care Program distributes funds to FQHCs and FQHC Look-Alike clinic organizations. These funds pay for primary health care services to any uninsured person who presents at a health center in need of health care. An uninsured person is defined as a person with no medical insurance, public or private, who has an annual income within 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines. The Uninsured Care Program is defined in Amended Substitute H.B. No. 283 of the 123rd General Assembly.
You can find an FQHC or FQHC Look-Alike by calling the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers (OACHC) at (888) 884-3101 or by visiting the OACHC website.
You can also visit the Health Resources and Services Administration website to find a health center by address or use the Find a Health Center tool below.
The Ohio Association of Free Clinics (OAFC) receives funds from ODH to pay for the Uninsured Care Program, and distributes these funds to free clinics around the state. These funds pay for primary health care servives to any uninsured person who presents at a free clinic in need of health care.
You can find a free clinic by visiting the OAFC website at http://www.ohiofreeclinics.org/find-a-clinic/ or by calling (614) 545-0760. OAFC lists 55 free clinics serving 51 Ohio counties on its website.
For information on clinics that provide dental services, please visit the Dental Care page provided by the Oral Health Section, which lists safety net dental clinics and other resources, or contact the Oral Health Section at (614) 466-4180.
For additional information on services available in the Columbus area, please visit this resource from Columbus Public Health listing agencies providing health, dental, vision care and prescription drug assistance services.
Ohio Department of Health
Uninsured Care Program
Bureau of Community Health Services and
Patient-Centered Primary Care
246 North High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Telephone: (614) 644-8063
Fax: (614) 564-2432
Last Updated: 1/22/14
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