There are many health care services in Hampton Roads for military, civilians and veterans, including insurance options offered through the Affordable Care Act. Visit www.healthcare.gov for information on open enrollment for health care coverage under the national Affordable Care Act.
See the Military Buyer’s Guide to connect with local hospitals and medical centers, health care centers and health care providers.
COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE CLINICS AND RESOURCES
A community health center or clinic is customarily the place to go for those who have no health insurance or have limited income or ability to pay medical fees. Such clinics accept most insurance and provide affordable, comprehensive health care by well-trained, professional staff. They also serve those who are uninsured and underinsured, and most are open to making sliding scale payment arrangements based on income and family size.
For a list of free and charitable clinics and community health centers in Virginia, visit the Virginia Health Care Foundation website at www.vhcf.org/looking-for-help and select “Medical Care” in the box on the left. There are nearly 60 free and charitable clinics and more than 140 community health centers in the state.
The Virginia Dental Association’s website, www.vadental.org, has roster lists that are useful places to start looking for a dentist. From its home page, click on “For Our Patients,” then “Find a Dentist.” You can also seek referrals from people you know who’ve had dental care in the area.
Consider the following to find the best dentist for your needs.
- Are the office hours convenient for your schedule?
- Is the dental office close to your home or office?
- How are dental emergencies handled?
- Does the office appear to be clean and well organized?
- Is the staff helpful and friendly?
- What are the financial policies and how is insurance handled?
The Virginia Health Care Foundation, www.vhcf.org/looking-for-help, can assist with locating free or low-cost dental care. Go to its website and click on “Dental Care” in the box on the left for more information.