Uninsured Americans
Do you and your family have health insurance? If you don't, you're not alone. There are over 41 million Americans without health insurance coverage, and about 80 percent of them are in working families. Because a lack of health coverage can be financially devastating if you or someone in your family gets sick or injured, there are a number of programs designed to help uninsured Americans get the medical treatment they need. To make your search for medical services easier, GovBenefits.gov is highlighting a few of the benefit programs available for those without health insurance.

For more information on the number of Americans without health insurance coverage, or other population statistics, visit the U.S. Census Bureau Web site at www.census.gov

  • Community Health Centers
    Community Health Centers offer access to comprehensive primary and preventative health care and focus primarily on low-income and underserved individuals. Services are offered via community health centers, migrant health centers, health care for the homeless programs, public housing primary care programs, and school-based clinics. Eligibility for services, as well as fees charged for services, are determined when a patient visits a health center and are generally based on income and ability to pay. For more information visit www.govbenefits.gov/govbenefits/benefits/report.jhtml?bid=610

  • Maternal and Child Health Services
    Maternal and Child Health Services are offered in 59 States and jurisdictions to help families access timely, high-quality healthcare. Priority is given to households with low incomes or limited available care. You must check with the office in the state you live in to confirm your family's eligibility to receive benefits. For more information visit www.govbenefits.gov/govbenefits/benefits/report.jhtml?bid=609

  • Medicaid Program
    The Medicaid Program provides medical benefits to low-income people who have no medical insurance or have inadequate 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 visit www.govbenefits.gov/govbenefits/benefits/report.jhtml?bid=606

  • State Children's Health Insurance Program
    The State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) is a partnership between the Federal and State Governments that provides health coverage to uninsured children whose families earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but too little to afford private coverage. The Federal government establishes general guidelines for the administration of SCHIP benefits. However, specific eligibility requirements to receive SCHIP benefits, as well as the type and scope of services provided, are determined by each individual State. For more information visit: www.govbenefits.gov/govbenefits/benefits/report.jhtml?bid=607