Cancer Resources for the Uninsured in Colorado
Caritas Community Clinic at Exempla St. Joseph Hospital
2005 Franklin St., Midtown II, Suite 390
These people are wonderful, they are my first choice for low-income or uninsured people. They treat people with concern and respect. If you cannot pay, talk to their financial folks, they don’t turn anyone away who needs help and can’t pay.
The Caritas Clinic is located one-half block north of Exempla St. Joseph Hospital on the third floor of the Midtown Medical Center II.
For more information:
Colorado Indigent Care Program (CICP)
What is the Colorado Indigent Care Program (CICP)? The CICP provides discounted health care services to low income individuals at participating providers. CICP is not a health insurance program. The CICP is funded with federal and state dollars to partially compensate participating providers who provide health care to the uninsured and underinsured at or below 250% of the Federal Poverty Level.
Providers in the Aurora area:
Metro Community Provider Network clinics at Hoffman Heights, Helen Clinic, Potomac Street Health Center, University Hospital (Fitzsimmons). Call 303-761-4825 for an appointment or to learn more. NOTE: This service is heavily used so expect wait times for appointments, but they do provide a great service.
9news Health Fair
April 12-20th, 2008
Watch for these health fairs via http://www.9healthfair.org or 1-800-332-3078. They provide free or very low cost health screenings for everything from high blood pressure to diabetes to cholesterol to skin cancer. They are held in churches and clinics and hospitals. Some locations provide free PAP, prostate/testicular cancer screenings, osteoporosis screenings, and more.
For $30, you can get about $400 of blood work. I do this almost every year, it beats even the insurance co-pays.
Try to round up as many uninsured and under-cared-for people as you can to attend these health fairs.
Fabulous resource. Their Help in the Winter guide is a self-help guide designed to be put in the hands of people needing help so they can find it themselves. It includes transportation, shelter, abuse, drug addiction, financial and rent and utility assistance, and medical help. I often printed this off and gave it to folks. One unemployed single mom was able to immediately keep her water from being cut off. One disabled non-member was able to secure $850 in assistance to pay her electric bill. This is an amazing resource.
This is an insurance program for those who are working but for whatever reason, cannot get health insurance. They specialize in accepting the uninsurable, those with severe health conditions. It’s not cheap but at least, you’re covered.
I helped my own brother get into this program to keep his wife insured while he was out of work and after his COBRA had run out. She has severe medical needs and he told me that in prescription savings alone, above the price of the monthly insurance, he was saving about $500 per month.
I’ve helped a few other people get signed up with Cover Colorado. You do need to watch their paperwork requirements and deadlines or you will find yourself with denied claims. But it’s a good program.
Terrific listing of resources for low-income dental care in the Denver area, including getting appointments at the Dental school.
Marvelous listing offering resources for:
energy assistance (utilities)
transitional assistance (as in, for people exiting prison, battered women, runaway teens, refugees and immigrants)