Jan. 18th, 2017

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Given that medical insurance Stateside is going to be up in the air for the next couple of years, a friend of mine who lives there has compiled this very useful list of low-cost, mainly independent health care resources, and generously given me permission to share it. I hope this information can be valuable to someone!

Free/Low-Cost Medical & Dental Clinics:

Requires free registration for full details, but users can get contact info for all listed clinics without registering.

Teaching Clinics:

If you have a college/university in your area, check to see if it has a teaching clinic that handles your health issue. Most teaching clinics charge very low fees, and some offer ongoing treatment. Medical students help doctors provide the care. Usually you'll have to let a few students observe at least part of your assessment or treatment in exchange - confidentiality laws apply.

$4 Drug Program

Program run by several major US stores. They offer lots of generic meds for between $4 - $10 per month. Includes most major mental health meds, epilepsy meds, and non-stimulant ADHD meds. Most member stores also include birth control, diabetes meds/supplies, and meds for a wide range of physical illnesses and disabilities.


Searchable nationwide database where you can find the most affordable pharmacies for a particular medication in your area. Covers meds for both humans and pets. Also offers pharmacy coupons and prescription discount cards.


Searchable nationwide database of free and low-cost medical and dental clinics; prescription assistance programs; pharmacy coupons and prescription discount cards; discount programs for certain medical procedures; and medical bill mediation resources. Covers meds for both humans and pets.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance

Database of all US drug companies' prescription assistance programs. Qualifying people can get many medications for little or no cost through these programs. People can apply for them through the site. Also has a nationwide database of free/low-cost clinics, including mental health services. Users must set up an account to get most of the database info.


Nationwide site for people to buy/sell secondhand home health equipment. Items include wheelchairs, scooters, mobility aids, lifts, ramps, beds, batteries, wheelchair vans, and daily living items. 3rd-party site - items are NOT checked before resale.

Zenni Optical

Use your glasses prescription to order eyewear here. Most glasses are under $30/pair. Also handles bifocals, prescription sunglasses, and many complex prescriptions.

SAMHSA Services Locator
1-800-487-4889 TDD

Government program's database of mental health and addiction treatment resources nationwide. Call, or search the database, for options in your area. Includes free peer support and self-help groups, as well as clinics and other places that charge fees.
Database and any resources getting SAMHSA funding may be affected by any future changes in health care laws.

Health insurance for people who were in foster care:


If you were ever in foster care in the US, and you are between 18-26 years old, you can automatically get state Medicaid health care until you turn 27. Follow the directions at this page to sign up.
This program may be affected by future changes in health care laws.

12-Step Programs

Use the meeting locators on these sites to find an in-person meeting in your area. Many of these programs also have online and phone meetings. Note - these programs had a Christian religious basis, but being Christian/religious is NOT required; some groups will discuss religion more than others


Alcoholics Anonymous: http://www.aa.org
Narcotics Anonymous: http://www.na.org
Al-Anon/Alateen: http://www.al-anon.alateen.org
Nar-Anon: http://www.nar-anon.org


Adult Children of Alcoholics: http://www.adultchildren.org
For people who grew up with bad parenting in general - not just alcoholic parents

Overeaters Anonymous: http://www.oa.org
For compulsive eating, anorexia, bulimia

Emotions Anonymous: http://www.emotionsanonymous.org
For people with mental/emotional health issues: depression, grief, compulsive behavior, fear/panic disorders, anxiety, anger problems

Co-Dependents Anonymous: http://www.coda.org

Eating Disorders Anonymous: http://www.eatingdisordersanonymous.org

Refuge Recovery

Anonymous peer counseling and meditation groups for addiction and codependency treatment. For any addictive behavior, not just substance abuse. Buddhist religious basis, but being Buddhist/religious NOT required. Use meeting locator on site to find a local group. Online and phone meetings also available.

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