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Where to get help to pay for healthcare

There are government agencies that provide benefits to help pay for health care and related services to persons who qualify due to age, disability, or income status. The following is a list of the main providers. For other help with this or any other problem you may always call 211.

Indiana Medicaid Program – provides medical benefits to low income individuals without medical insurance or adequate medical insurance. The Federal government establishes general guidelines for the administration of Medicaid benefits, however, specific eligibility requirements to receive Medicaid benefits, as well as the type and scope of services provided, are determined by each individual state. For more information you can call 1-800-457-4584 or visit their website at:

Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) – provides health insurance for uninsured adult Hoosiers. The program is sponsored by the State and only requires minimal monthly contributions from the participant. HIP is for uninsured Hoosiers between the ages of 19-64. It offers full health benefits including hospital services, mental health care, physician services, prescriptions and diagnostic exams. For more information you can call 1-877-438-4479 or visit their website at:

Indiana Hoosier Healthwise – is a health insurance program for Indiana children, pregnant women, and low income families. Health care is provided at little or no cost to Indiana families enrolled in the program. The enrolled member chooses a doctor to get regular checkups and health care for illnesses. Other health needs such as prescriptions, dental care, vision care, family planning services, and mental health services are also available as part of the Hoosier Healthwise program. For more information you can call 1-800-889-9949 or visit their website at:

Individual Hospital Assistance Programs – most large hospital systems have assistance programs to help pay for services received at their facility. To access these services speak to your individual hospital representative to find out what services they provide and if you are eligible.

Health Insurance Marketplace – helps uninsured people enroll in health coverage.  Some plans are through private insurance providers and may offer savings based on your income and household size.  Other programs provide free or low-cost coverage to those with limited income.  To learn more about these insurance plans and to determine what you may qualify for please visit the website at: or call 1-800-318-2596.  You may also view a helpful video available in several languages at:  Open enrollment times are limited.  Locally 211 can direct you to these resources.




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