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  • Dealing With Medical Debt

    It is important to plan for medical expenses. Equally important is knowing how to deal with medical bills when you have no money to pay them. Read More

  • Getting Emergency Medical Care

    Hospitals must treat you - even if you don’t have insurance - when you have an emergency condition or are a woman in active labor. Hospitals must treat your medical emergency until you become stable. The hospital may bill you later, but it cannot turn you away from emergency care. Read More

  • Getting Free Care at One of Iowa's County Hospitals

    Any resident of Iowa with a county hospital may be able to get free care from the hospital if they meet certain conditions. Read More

  • Getting Medical Assistance

    Many people need help paying for health care. Iowa has several programs that may help you. Read More

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  • Getting Mental Health Services

    If you, a friend, or a family member needs help with a mental health problem, there are programs and facilities that can help. Read More

    Iowa Legal Aid
  • Getting the Health Care Services You Need

    Has your insurance company, Medicare or Medicaid denied you help? You don't have to take no for an answer. Read More

  • hawk-i Insurance for Children

    What do you do when your children have no health insurance but you have too much money to be eligible for Title 19? You may want to consider the hawk-i program. Read More

    Iowa Legal Aid
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Programs

    Sometimes a person who requires health-related care and assistance with activities of daily living does not need or want to move out of his or her home. Medicaid may be able to provide help for persons with disabilities who can live at home with support. Read More

  • Iowa's County Veterans Relief Program

    If you are a veteran, you might be able to get financial help from the county in which you live. Each county must have a County Commission of Veterans Affairs. Read More

  • Legal Remedies

    The collection of information emailed to health care partners in the equal justice community. Read More

  • Medicaid Payment for Nursing Home Care

    Many people rely on Medicaid, also known as Title 19, to pay for their nursing home care. People may generally receive Medicaid payment for their nursing home care if their income is $2,094 or less per month and their nonexempt resources are $2,000 or less. Read More

  • Medicaid Rules, Birth Certificates and Proof of Citizenship and Identity

    All people who apply for Medicaid, or a re-certified, must provide proof of citizenship and identity. Here are details on how to get a copy of your birth certificate in Iowa. Read More

  • Medical Emergencies and the Law

    Patient dumping refers to when a hospital denies care to patients or transfers patients to other hospitals without providing any medical treatment. "Dumped" patients were uninsured or under-insured. Congress passed The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act ("EMTALA") to stop "patient dumping." Read More

  • Medical Records and Privacy in Iowa

    When you go to the doctor or a hospital, the doctor or nurse always writes in your chart. This is part of your medical record or written history of care a patient gets. A number of laws and policies apply to what doctors or hospitals can do with this information. Read More

  • Program Helps Children with Hearing Loss

    Iowa families who have children with hearing loss can now apply for funding from the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) to purchase hearing aids and audiological services they may not otherwise be able to afford. Read More

    Iowa Department of Public Health

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