GOVERNMENT FUNDED HEALTHCARE PROGRAMS
Alabama Medicaid Agency is a government funded program that helps qualifying individuals pay for medical, mental, and dental health care services, including medical equipment, prescription medications, and sometimes transportation to appointments. The contact information for the Tuscaloosa District Medicaid Office is listed below. This office serves Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Pickens, Tuscaloosa and Walker counties.
Phone: (866) 371-4080
Location: 907 22nd Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Medicaid for Low-Income Families, SOBRA Medicaid, and ALL KIDS are provide free or low cost medical, mental, and dental health care benefits similar to Medicaid but are specific to certain groups of low-income individuals such as pregnant women, children, certain people on Medicare, individuals with disabilities and nursing home residents. For more information on eligibility requirements or to apply, use the contact information below.
Phone: 1-888-373-KIDS (5437)
The Early, Periodic, Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment Program is a well child check-up service for children who are enrolled in Medicaid, and it can even help people who are up to age 21. It covers the costs of all dental and medical, behavioral health services, lab tests, vision/hearing screening and immunizations.
The Alabama Department of Mental Health provides resources for a range of needs. Their website has information about various crisis support lines, a provider’s directory that can be used to find providers specific to your needs, and information on various mental health topics.
FREE AND INCOME-BASED CLINICS
Crescent East Health Center covers services such as checkups, treatment, pregnancy care, immunizations, and child care. They also provide care for mental health and substance abuse problems. This clinic operates on a sliding scale, meaning the cost of services is based on your income. Patients must prove their financial need in order to receive free or reduced fee services. Insurance is not required.
Location: 120 51st Ave E B, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404
Hours of Operation: Monday & Thursday from 8 AM to 12 PM; Tuesday from 1 PM to 5 PM
The James O. Ellis Health Center is a Tuscaloosa Community Health Center that provides services such as routine checkups, mental and medical health treatment, pregnancy care, immunizations, and child care. This clinic operates on a sliding scale, meaning the cost of services is based on your income. Patients must prove their financial need in order to receive free or reduced fee services. Insurance is not required.
Phone: (205) 752-1087
Location: 3532 Greensboro Ave., Tuscaloosa AL, 35401
Hours of Operation: Monday – Thursday from 7 AM to 7 PM; Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM; Saturday from 8AM to 12 PM
Theodore Hendrix Dental Center provides free and affordable dental care to qualifying individuals living in West Alabama.
Location: 2731 Martin L King Jr Blvd. Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Good Samaritan Clinic provides free (non-emergency) primary health and dental care, medication, health information, and spiritual support to patients residing in West Alabama. Please see the website for their hours of operation.
Location: 3880 Watermelon Road, Suite A, Northport, AL 35473
The Choices Pregnancy Center is a medical clinic where expectant moms can get free care for medical needs. When necessary, new babies can also receive help once they are born.
Location: 535 Jack Warner Parkway Suite G1, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
The Tuscaloosa County Health Department coordinates various aspects of healthcare, including immunizations, for patients on Medicaid as well as senior citizens.
Location: 2350 Hargrove Rd. E., Tuscaloosa, AL 35405
PHARMACY ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
The website NeedyMeds.org is a non-profit organization that connects people with programs that will help them afford their medication and other healthcare costs. They maintain an updated list of Prescription Assistance Programs on the website and provide users with a card that offers discounts for over-the-counter medication, as well.
Help Line: 800-503-6897 (English and Español)
RX Assist is an online program that allows users to key in their medication to determine which assistance program is best from the directory of patient assistance programs it maintains. It determines your eligibility and directs you to that program. RX Assist also has a savings card available to all users.
Below are several patient assistance programs that help patients afford medication and medical equipment. To find out if you’re eligible for assistance, call their number and/or visit their website.
Johnson & Johnson Patient Assistance Foundation (Johnson & Johnson)
Lilly Cares (Eli Lilly)
Merck Patient Assistance Program
Novartis Patient Assistance Foundation, Inc.
Pfizer Rx Pathways
Alabama RxCard (United Networks of America)