There are a number of assistance programs to help those with no health insurance, or those who need assistance paying their premiums or co-payments. Below is a list of agencies that can help if you do not have health insurance. One starting place is the Iowa Department of Human Services http://dhs.iowa.gov/ime/providers
Provides a state-by-state directory which answers many of your insurance questions and provides contact information. Some of the topics it addresses include financial assistance with premiums, are you and your family eligible for coverage, how to apply for children’s healthcare coverage and more. To find out more go to: http://covertheuninsured.org/content/resources-uninsured.
An insurance program for Iowa children under age 19; there are financial requirements to qualify. Go to http://www.hawk-i.org/en_US/index.html for information.
Insure Kids Now
A state and federal government program which provides medical, dental and psychological care for children through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Their website includes how to apply for coverage, finding healthcare providers in your area and more. To learn more, go to their website at www.insurekidsnow.gov or to find how to apply for coverage go to https://www.healthcare.gov/medicaid-chip/childrens-health-insurance-program/
Four dollar generic drug programs are available to those without healthcare or those without prescription coverage on their health plan. Some of the bigger $4 programs include Target, Kroger, Safe-way and Sam’s Club/Wal-Mart.Many of the larger pharmacies such as CVS, Target, Walgreens and others offer American Automobile Association club members (AAA) prescription discounts.
RxAssistance www.rxassist.org is run by pharmaceutical companies. The program provides free medications to those who cannot otherwise afford their prescription drugs.
Other prescription programs include:
If you suspect that your child is sick, there are some options to choose from. First, you must notify your child’s school and let them know they will not be attending that day. Second, you may want to find pediatric services near you. Here is a list of cities in Iowa, which pediatric services they offer and where they’re located: http://www.healthgrades.com/pediatrics-directory/ia-iowa. To receive health insurance for your child, you may start here: http://www.hawk-i.org/
Drug Dangers is committed to providing information on a range of medications and medical devices that have serious complications. Learn more at: www.DrugDangers.com
This resource is for those who are, or know someone, currently taking medication. Drugwatch keeps an eye on pharmaceutical companies to ensure your prescriptions are free of harm. Comprehensive guides on children's health and defective medical drugs and devices are listed for those seeking answers. www.drugwatch.com/children/ www.drugwatch.com/recalls/