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Finding Low Cost Health Care

  1. Finding Low-Cost Health Providers In Affected Areas

    The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has the latest information on how you can receive free or low-cost health care in areas located around the region that was directly affected by Hurricane Katrina.

  2. The telephone medical consultation offered by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is expanding its to health care providers to all patients affected by Hurricane Katrina, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to provide medical consultations on a wide array of medical problems. The toll-free number is 1-866-887-2842.

  3. Mental Health Services Locator Exit Disclaimer
    Find treatment facilities and support services, consumer, family, and advocacy organizations, state agencies, programs funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and more, through this site.

  4. Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator
    This searchable directory of drug and alcohol treatment programs will show the location of facilities around the country that treat alcoholism, alcohol abuse and drug abuse problems. The Locator includes more than 12,000 residential treatment centers, inpatient drug treatment and alcohol treatment programs and outpatient treatment programs for drug abuse and addiction and alcoholism. Listings include treatment programs for marijuana, cocaine and heroin addiction, as well as drug and alcohol treatment programs for teenagers, adolescents and adults.

  5. Eldercare Locator Toll Free 800-677-1116
    The Eldercare Locator is a nationwide directory assistance service designed to assist older persons and caregivers in finding local support resources for aging Americans to help them remain independent in their own homes. It can also help caregivers find ways to get a well deserved break. The Eldercare Locator will provide names and phone numbers of organizations within a desired location, anywhere in the country, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 8 pm Eastern Time. For TDD/TTY, access the relay service at 202-855-1234, or to reach a live operator, call 202-855-1000. Source: Administration on Aging.

  6. Finding Alternative Sites for NCI-Sponsored Clinical Trials in a hospital or oncology practice located in the hurricane-affected area:
       Call 301-496-5725
       Between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)
       Bilingual support is available during normal business hours.

    After hours and on weekends, callers can leave a message and an NCI employee will respond within an hour. Provide as much information as you can about the clinical trial (for example protocol number, type of cancer, name of test drug, location, and name of the investigator) to help NCI information specialists direct you to the appropriate resources.

  7. Clinical Trials at Tulane University Cancer Center
    A list of clinical trials organized by disease site is provided by Tulane University Cancer Center to help patients and physicians identify clinical trials in which they may have been participating prior to Hurricane Katrina.

  8. The following Ryan White Title IV organizations* are available in the Gulf Region:
    1. Mobile, AL
      University of South Alabama
      (251) 434-5120/p
    2. Birmingham, AL
      Family Clinic at Children's
      (205) 939-6701/p
    3. Baton Rouge, LA
      Friends for Life AIDS Resource Center (225) 923-2277/p
    4. Shreveport, LA
      The Philadelphia Center
      (318) 222-6633/p
    5. Jackson, MS
      Universitty of Mississippi Medical Center
      (601) 984-5206/p
    6. Houston, TX
      Houston Regional HIV/AIDS Resource Group (multiple sites)
      (713) 526-1016/p
    7. Dallas, TX
      Dallas Family Access Network
      (214) 456-2329/p
    8. Ft. Worth, TX
      Tarrant County Pediatric and Family HIV/AIDS Project/Catholic Charities
      (817) 534-0814/p
    9. San Antonio, TX
      South Texas Family AIDS Network (including Corpus Christi and Harlingen)
      (210) 358-9581/p

    *  Title IV of the Ryan White CARE Act provides coordinated HIV services and access to research for children, youth, women and families living with HIV/AIDS. Title IV programs focus on the development and operation of primary health care systems and social services that benefit these population groups.


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