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Other Health Resources in our State

For those who are NOT eligible for Medicaid, Medicare or NJ FamilyCare, but still need help meeting medical needs and expenses, there are places in New Jersey to turn to for affordable health care.

Federally Funded Qualified Health Centers (FQHC)

Comprehensive primary health care is available on a sliding fee scale at any one of the FQHC and their satellite offices in the state. Also known as Community Health Centers, FQHCs target the health care needs of the medically underserved. Typical services include internal medicine, obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics, geriatrics, medical and surgical sub-specialties, laboratory, podiatry, pharmacy, x-ray, dental, and mental health services. Care is provided at costs that are substantially lower than at other settings and is based on one's ability to pay. Find a complete listing of FQHCs in your area.

Free and Charitable Clinics

Free and Charitable Clinics are safety-net healthcare organizations that provide a range of medical, dental, pharmacy, vision and/or behavioral health services to economically disadvantaged individuals.

Entities that charge a nominal/sliding fee to patients, may still be considered Free or Charitable Clinics provided essential services are delivered regardless of the patient's ability to pay. Free or charitable clinics restrict eligibility for their services to individuals who are uninsured, underinsured and/or have limited or no access to primary, specialty, or prescription health care. Find a Free and Charitable Clinic near you.

Independent Health Care Appeals Program (IHCAP)

The IHCAP is a review program used to assesses whether a given insurance company has inappropriately denied medical coverage to patients. If an insurance carrier has denied coverage for a medically necessary treatment, the patient can submit an application for review through IHCAP to have the decision reviewed by a neutral party. Learn more about IHCAP.

NJ Cancer Screening and Early Detection (NJCEED)

NJCEED provides comprehensive screening services for breast, cervical, prostate, and colorectal cancer. The services include education, outreach, early detection, case management, screening, tracking, and follow-up.

Persons eligible for these services must be at or below 250% of the Federal Poverty Level and be uninsured or under-insured. For more information, call 800-328-3838. Find a screening center in your county.

Managing the Cost of Cancer

Cancer touches everyone's life. The care needed is often costly and many families who do not have adequate insurance coverage struggle to find a means of coping with the financial stress that comes with the care that a loved one needs.

Here are a few resources that may offer some solutions:

World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program

The WTC Health Program provides free medical monitoring and treatment for responders, survivors, residents, and students who worked, volunteered, lived, or attended school at or near the WTC and related sites in NYC, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on September 11, 2001. Those now living outside the NYC area have access to a nationwide network of providers.

Benefits include:

  • Annual medical examinations
  • Treatment services for approved health conditions that cause problems like: Trouble breathing with wheezing, like asthma; being less able to do what you normally do without becoming short of breath; frequent sinus problems or a constant cough; frequent nose and throat irritation; stress-related illness, anxiety, and depression
  • Medications for WTC-related health conditions

For further information about this program, or to submit an application, visit the website. For additional supports and programs related to September 11th terrorist attacks, visit Voices of September 11.

Funds for Catastrophic Relief

When a child’s illness or condition is not fully covered by insurance or other state or federal programs, families may get help from the Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund which provides eligible families with financial assistance to help cover previously incurred medical expenses because their child became catastrophically ill or injured. Covered expenses include, but are not limited to, special ambulatory care, acute or specialized in- or out-patient hospital care, medical equipment, medically-related home modifications, home health care, and medical transportation. To learn more or to get an application, visit their website or call their Family Line at 800-335-3863.

Disease or Condition-Based Assistance

Many national and local non-profit organizations focus on a particular disease or disorder may offer financial assistance and emotional support. Locate them on the Internet and call to inquire about their services. For many organizations, the only eligibility requirement is a qualifying diagnosis. Find diagnosis-based assistance by searching here

NJ Quitline

NJ Quitline is a free, confidential, and multilingual telephone-based counseling and referral service for people using tobacco products and are ready to quit. This helpline is for people who smoke and vape. Highly trained Quit Coaches are available seven days a week and work with each client to develop an individualized treatment plan. For more information visit NJ Quitline or call 866-657-8677.

County Wellness Programs

Atlantic County - The Atlantic County Division of Public Health offers a list of health screenings for county residents at little or no cost. Find the list here.

Camden County - Free health screenings are available once a month at four different locations. A nurse will be available to answer any health-related questions. Visit their website for locations and times.

Cape May County - Cape May County Public Health provides a list of county resources.

Cumberland County The Cumberland County Department of Health provides wellness education as well as limited prescription assistance and dental services for children. Learn more.

Hudson County - The Hudson County Chest Clinic is a regionally designated ambulatory clinic which provides Tuberculosis (TB), control services to residents within the twelve municipalities of Hudson County. Find out more here.

Middlesex County - The Middlesex County Home Care and Care Management Program provides prescription assistance as well as a variety of other services. To learn about this program and its eligibility requirements, call 732-745-3295.

Ocean County - Ocean County’s Health Department keeps an ongoing calendar of local health events and information sessions.

Somerset County - Somerset County has a list of Clinical Services provided with Zufall Health Center.

Some NJ counties also have prescription assistance program. Find a listing of NJ prescription assistance programs.

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