North Central Health District

COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENTS

Cost and Insurance

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We Make Preventative Care Affordable.

Our number one goal is to take care of our community and help you prevent sickness and disease. We know that healthcare costs can be a big problem for many families—and that’s why we make our services as affordable as possible.

What Does ‘Free’ Mean?

Services that are advertised as free may be one of two things:

  • Completely Free: Some products or services are actually, really free, like condoms! You can just stop by the health department, pick up a handful and go. There is no cost associated with completely free items.
  • Provided at No Cost to You: Some services are provided to you at no cost … but we may bill your insurance for them. Certain health screenings or certain immunizations are examples of this. Certain programs may have state funds available to cover the cost of co-pays and deductibles.

Do I Qualify for Free Services?

It depends on a lot of things, including your age, income level, insurance status and more. The best way to find out if you qualify for free services is to call your health department and ask. Our friendly receptionists can give you an estimate of what your costs could be for any program or service.

Even if you don’t qualify to receive free services, you will always enjoy low prices on all programs and services provided at the health department.

What Does ‘Low Cost’ Mean?

All of the services provided at the health department are priced at rates much lower than you’d find at a hospital or private physician’s office. As a non-profit public health organization, our programs and services are priced low to ensure the community can access them.

The fees for most programs and services are based on a sliding scale, where your costs are determined by your household income. A two-person household that makes $20,000 per year will pay less than a two-person household that makes $35,000 per year. Costs for each program or service vary, so you should always call your nearest health department to find out what your costs will be.

What Insurances Are Accepted?

We currently accept the following insurance:

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Amerigroup
  • Caresource
  • Peachstate
  • Wellcare
  • United Healthcare
  • Coventry
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Fee for Service Medicaid

If you’re not familiar with your insurance coverage, please contact your insurance carrier or plan provider to verify participating providers and benefits. Your insurance company makes the final determination of your eligibility and benefits. If the patient/guardian disagrees with the decision made by their insurance carrier, the patient/guardian must contact the insurance company directly to appeal the decision.

Deductibles, co-payments, co-insurance amounts or any other patient responsibility indicated by a patient’s insurance will be the patient’s responsibility unless they qualify for “free” services as described above.

Payment Plan Options

We know that paying for medical costs can be stressful—and that’s one of the many reasons all our services are provided at low cost. We also understand that a patient may not be able to pay their entire bill at the time of service, so we offer payment plan options at an affordable monthly rate. Just notify our clerical staff when you check in for your appointment and they’ll be happy to get everything set up.

Questions?

Call your nearest health department to ask questions or make an appointment!

 

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