Healthcare for the Poor

Twenty percent of Americans have too little or no health insurance, and fulltiming adds another layer of complexity to healthcare concerns.  How will I afford health care?  What if I lose my insurance? What if I can't get insurance?  This information is not just for RVers, but it's a topic near to my heart.  Please add information if you know something not listed here.


Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")

Advice from the experts:



Financial assistance:
Getting insurance:
Bloodwork and labs:
Read WheelingIt's excellent rundown on lab tests, why you should be interested, and how to save truckloads of money by taking healthcare into your own hands.

Test-specific resources:

Other care options:

Free-clinic directories:

Local clinics that we know about:


Ajo, AZ:

Flagstaff, AZ:

Offers free mammograms and PAP test for 40+ uninsured women, and free colon cancer screening for 50+ uninsured men and women. (928) 213-6104, (800) 687-5798 ext. 2373




Tucson, AZ:

  • El Rio Community Health Center - (520) 792-9890. Serves the uninsured and underserved Tucson community with free care or sliding fees. Locals and AZ healthcare professionals have told us El Rio has a good reputation. 
  • St. Mary's Hospital, west Tucson -  helps you get financial assistance, if  you qualify, and offers 45% self-pay discount if you do not. [N.B.: this is a faith-based hospital.]
Southern New Mexico:


Filing insurance claims:
  • Hannah Taylor has compiled a website that may help in filing insurance claims.



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7 comments:

Karen and Tony said...

Great list! A friend of ours got this card in the mail - http://www.selectrxcard.com/default.aspx

She was skeptical about it but she took it to the pharmacy and it worked,even with her insurance. I can't figure out the angle behind it though.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Thanks for that, Karen! We carry a card like that in our wallets, but I didn't know if it would work or not. I don't know the angle, either.

Levonne said...

Wow! What a great resource. I love what you guys have done with your blog!

The Good Luck Duck said...

Thanks, Levonne!

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Soaring Sun said...

Excellent information, Roxanne. I went to North Country Healthcare here in St. Johns, AZ, and they were great. I got excellent care. I needed a long (over an hour) appointment, and, since I qualified for the low end of their sliding scale, it was $25. I also got extremely discounted labs through LabCorp, which has an office at North Country, and the local drugstore charged me a lot less than retail prices because I had no insurance. If I hadn't felt so crappy, I would say it was a good day!

TomInBellaVista said...

A resource to add to your list is the Chronic Disease Fund, cdfund.org. There appears to be a broad range of assistance available, and in my own case, I receive co-pay assistance for an expensive ($2,500) medication. My insurance does cover 80%, but $500 per treatment co-pay does add up. The fund covers all but $5 for me. The only income requirement is to earn less than $100K per year (most of us I think).

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