Making barely enough to pay the rent, and having no health insurance, I don't have any money to go to see a doctor about some health issues. Are there any cheap or low cost doctors or clinics for us working poor living in the Capital District? I would appreciate it if maybe somebody had some suggestion.
This is an important question. For Floyd, of course -- but there are roughly 60,000 people in the Albany metro area who don't have health insurance, according to Census Bureau estimates. And the large majority of those people are adults (often younger adults) in the workforce who don't get health coverage through their job and/or can't afford it.
Provisions of the Affordable Care Act (AKA, Obamacare) aim to address this issue by extending the eligibility of Medicaid and using a sliding scale based on income that caps insurance premiums. Those provisions don't kick in until 2014.
That doesn't help Floyd now. So we've gathered together a few resources after the jump. We're hoping that you'll also have some suggestions and ideas, because this topic is complicated -- too complicated -- and it's important.
So, have some insight? Please share.
A few places to start:
Healthy New York
Healthy New York is the state healthcare coverage program for low-income workers. Here are the individual eligibility requirements. And there's an info phone line: 1-866-432-5849.
Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Services is a community health center based in Arbor Hill. Its mission: to provide "affordable, accessible, high-quality, innovative medical, dental and addictions services, regardless of income or insurance status."
Schenectady Free Clinic
The Schenectady Free Clinic "provides free, comprehensive health care to low-income, uninsured adults in Schenectady County of NY who have no other source of medical care." It's staffed by volunteer healthcare providers.
Koinonia Primary Care
Koinonia is located in Albany's West Hill neighborhood and is run by Dr. Bob Paeglow. From its website: "Primary healthcare shall be provided in an atmosphere of excellence. Healthcare services and healing prayer shall be offered to every patient regardless of economic status, social standing, and religious or cultural beliefs. Emphasis shall be placed on programs that provide preventive healthcare, healthcare education, and healthcare advocacy and empowerment; edify the individual patient; and build healthy responsibility."
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