HRSA Health Centers – Basic Care for Migraine Patients

Increasingly, people with Migraines are reporting that they have no health insurance and can’t afford to go to the doctor.

Although we try to answer questions and share information, there are times when the only safe answer is, “You need to see your doctor.” We’re not insensitive to the problems this presents for some people.

One possible solution may be HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) Health Centers that provide primary care at fees based on ability to pay. HRSA-supported health centers provide comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary health care services to medically underserved communities and “vulnerable populations.” They’re community-based and patient-directed organizations that serve populations with limited access to health care. These include:

  • low income populations,
  • the uninsured,
  • those with limited English proficiency,
  • migrant and seasonal farm workers,
  • homeless individuals and families, and
  • people living in public housing.

HRSA Centers Migraine care

HRSA Health Centers serve:

  • People of all ages. In 2009, approximately 33% of patients ages 18 and younger; about 7% were ages 65 and older.
  • People with and without insurance. In 2009, the proportion of uninsured patients of all ages was approximately 38%, and the number of uninsured patients increased from 4 million in 2001 to more than 7.2 million in 2009.
  • People of all races and ethnicities.

Fundamentals of the Health Center Program:

  • Centers are locate in or serve a high need community.
  • Centers are governed by a community board composed by a majority of health center patients who represent the population served.
  • Centers provide comprehensive primary health care services as well a supportive services (education, translation, transportation, etc.) that provide access to health care.
  • Centers provide services available to all with fees adjusted based on ability to pay.
  • Centers meet other performance and accountability requirements regarding administrative, clinical, and financial operations.

Summary:

Whether you have health insurance or not, if you can’t afford to see a doctor, HRSA Health Centers may be an avenue for you to find primary care. They don’t provide specialist care, but they are a way for many to receive basic health care. Access to health care is critical – not just for Migraines, but for general health and life itself. Complications due to employment issues, lack or loss of insurance, or other issues, shouldn’t prevent anyone from getting health care when needed. HRSA Centers may be the answer for many people. Nobody should be embarrassed or reluctant about seeking care there.

To see if there’s a HRSA Health Center near you, check on this HRSA site.

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