Resources for Medical Assistance

Medical AssistanceAll Kansans need and deserve good health care. The benefits of good health coverage include lower costs when medical conditions are treated early, less absenteeism from work or school, fewer emergency room visits, and lower insurance rates for everyone. Unfortunately, not all Kansans have access to affordable health care. The resources listed below are meant to change that by providing resources for low-cost or even free health care and prescription coverage. Keep in mind that once you've received approval for any of these programs, you'll most likely need to reapply every year.

Resources for Low-Cost Medical Care

Heart of Kansas Family Health Care, Inc. (1905 19th St, Great Bend KS) provides comprehensive primary health and behavioral services based upon identified community needs, to individuals and families in Great Bend and the surrounding area that otherwise would not have access to this care, regardless of ability to pay. All insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, and the Farm Worker Program are accepted. A sliding scale of discounted fees is available to those who qualify. Bilingual services include office visits, preventative care for all ages, health education and treatment for diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol, school physicals, DOT physicals, laboratory work, assistance with medications, limited referrals to specialists, and counseling. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 620-792-5700. For more information, click here.

Kansas HealthWave provides low-cost or no-cost health insurance for families with children. For those who qualify, services are provided through a managed care plan, through a primary care case management program, or on a fee for service basis. Services may include office visits, regular check-ups, immunizations, hospital services, inpatient and outpatient hospital, lab and x-ray, prescription drugs, eye doctor exams and glasses, hearing services, home health services and speech, physical and occupational therapy. Services may also include mental health services, and dental services for children. For more information, call 1-800-792-4884.

Patient Advocate Foundation is a national non-profit organization that provides free mediation and arbitration services to patients to remove obstacles to healthcare including medical debt crisis, insurance access issues and employment issues for patients with chronic, debilitating and life-threatening illnesses. Patient Advocate Foundation serves as an active liaison between the patient and their insurer, employer and/or creditors to resolve insurance, job retention and/or debt crisis matters relative to their diagnosis through case managers, doctors and attorneys. Patient Advocate Foundation seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of their financial stability. If you have a chronic, debilitating or life threatening illness and would like to have direct communication with a member of PAF Patient Services, please call us at 800-532-5274. We have access to a wide variety of resources and can offer intervention if necessary.

Resources for Prescription Assistance

Tell Your Doctor that You Need Help. It is possible that your doctor can give you free samples that they receive from drug companies. Doctors also say that they are getting fewer samples, but it doesn't hurt to ask.

Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs), also known as medication assistance programs, indigent drug programs, and charitable drug programs, are services offered by pharmaceutical companies for those who cannot afford their medication. Patient assistance programs are available to low-income individuals or families who are under-insured or uninsured and are provided to those who meet the eligibility guidelines. Assistance may range from reduced cost of drugs to free medicine. They may also include an online application, information about government or other assistance programs, a search function to find programs for specific drugs, and links to patient groups or diseases. Some have links to coupons for rebates or free samples. Before applying, assemble the documents that you'll likely need for approval, such as your last income tax return, recent pay stubs and bank/investment statements, information on any accumulated medical debt, and if you are unemployed, a letter or other document from your former employer stating you have been terminated and that your health insurance has stopped.

  • Central Kansas Prescription Assistance Program - provides assistance with prescriptions that you will be taking for a chronic illness, such as high blood pressure, etc. Application process takes about a month. The volunteer office, located at St Rose Ambulatory Care Center in Great Bend KS, is open on Tuesday and Thursday from 2-4 pm, and on Wednesday from 9 am to 1 pm. Call Jolene Tustin at 620-792-6541. Leave a message if no one is there.
  • Xubex Pharmacy provides up to a 30 day supply of select popular brand medications absolutely Free. It is easy for you, your physician's office or an advocate to apply on your behalf to get up to 30 day supply of medications free. Your free medication will be shipped within one to two weeks after your request is approved by your physician. Please Note: This service is not currently available in Montana or Hawaii. Certain offers may not be valid in Massachusetts. Medicare participants do not qualify to participate in this program. Click here to apply online or you may choose to print an online prescription form to take to your physician.
  • RxHope provides a helping hand to people in need in obtaining critical medications that they would normally have trouble affording. We act as your advocate in making the patient assistance program journey easier and faster by supplying vital information and help.
  • NeedyMeds is a 501(c)(3) non-profit information resource devoted to helping people in need find assistance programs to help them afford their medications and costs related to health care. The mission of NeedyMeds is to make information about assistance programs available to low-income patients and their advocates at no cost. The NeedyMeds website is the face of the organization. Databases such as Patient Assistance Programs, Disease-Based Assistance, Free and Low- Clinics, government programs and other types of assistance programs are the crux of the free information offered online. NeedyMeds is funded by small grants, donations, sponsorships, subscriptions to PAPTracker, and syndication of various database information. NeedyMeds also works with the patient assistance programs of several pharmaceutical distributors.
  • PatientAssistance.com is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that helps uninsured patients get medication. After you sign up for an account, you can search programs by name or search for your medications individually. Once you have located a program that is right for you, filled out the correct enrollment forms, get the proper signatures, and mail the forms in. The process can take a few weeks so be prepared for some wait time. If your program does not have an enrollment form listed then simply call them directly.
  • Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need for free or nearly free. The mission of PPA is to increase awareness of patient assistance programs and boost enrollment of those who are eligible. PPA offers a single point of access to more than 475 public and private programs, including nearly 200 offered by pharmaceutical companies. We have already helped millions of Americans get free or reduced-cost prescription medicines. Click here to visit the PPA website, or call toll-free 1-888-4PPA-NOW (1-888-477-2669).

Discount Programs

Resources for Dental Care

United Methodist Mexican American Ministries (UMMAM) Dental Clinic offers typical dental services such as cleanings, extractions, fillings, sealants, dentures and other services. The clinic is open Tuesday - Friday from 7am to 6pm, and accepts all patients, including those that are uninsured. All insurances, as well as Medicare and KanCare (formerly Medicaid and HealthWave) are also accepted. UMMAM is a faith based, non-profiit 501(c)(3) that provides medical, dental, and social services and education to everyone. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call 620-227-9797.

Kansas Donated Dental Services (DDS) is a project initiated by the National Foundation for Dentistry for the Handicapped and the Kansas Dental Association.  Its purpose is to provide free, comprehensive care for people who are permanently disabled, elderly and  medically compromised who are unable to afford dental care.  The Kansas dentists volunteering for DDS donated services in their own offices.  Dental laboratories contribute services. For more information about this service, please call Terri Jowett at 888-870-2066.

Kansas Mission of Mercy (KMOM), the signature event of the Kansas Dental Charitable Foundation (KDCF), is an annual charitable event where dentists from all over the state gather and donate their collective skills for a weekend. KDCF was established in 2002, from a grant from the Kansas Dental Association Relief Fund. Their mission is to provide funding and resources to improve oral health in the state of Kansas.

Heart of Kansas Family Health Care, Inc. (1905 19th St, Great Bend KS) provides comprehensive primary health and behavioral services based upon identified community needs, to individuals and families in Great Bend and the surrounding area that otherwise would not have access to this care, regardless of ability to pay. All insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, and the Farm Worker Program are accepted. A sliding scale of discounted fees is available to those who qualify. Bilingual services include office visits, preventative care for all ages, health education and treatment for diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol, school physicals, DOT physicals, laboratory work, assistance with medications, limited referrals to specialists, and counseling. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 620-792-5700. For more information, click here.

Kansas HealthWave provides low-cost or no-cost health insurance for families with children. For those who qualify, services are provided through a managed care plan, through a primary care case management program, or on a fee for service basis. Services may include office visits, regular check-ups, immunizations, hospital services, inpatient and outpatient hospital, lab and x-ray, prescription drugs, eye doctor exams and glasses, hearing services, home health services and speech, physical and occupational therapy. Services may also include mental health services, and dental services for children. For more information, call 1-800-792-4884.

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