Participates in Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (Food Stamps or SNAP), Supplemental Security Income, Federal Public Housing Assistance(Section 8) or Head Start (if income eligibility criteria are met),
Showing a card or award letter to prove that you or your family participates in Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (Food Stamps or SNAP), Supplemental Security Income, Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8) or other qualifying programs.
A person or family participating in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF or welfare), or certain needs-tested veterans benefits may be automatically eligible.
Being qualified for LIHEAP does not guarantee that you will receive help. Whether or not you receive help depends on how much LIHEAP funding is available for the year.
On average, about 20% of households that are qualified for LIHEAP receive benefits. When LIHEAP funds run out for the year, no more benefits can be given until Congress makes more funds available.
How do I apply?
Each state has different rules about when you can apply, how you apply, and the criteria you have to meet to get help.
If your income is too high to qualify for LIHEAP but you need help paying for your energy bills, your local social services agency or a nonprofit organization may have funds to help. You can also contact your gas, oil, or electric company about budget billing programs or new payment options.
Health Insurance Through the Health Insurance Marketplace
What help is available?
HealthCare.gov helps you find insurance options, compare care, learn about prevention, and more. If your employer does not offer insurance, you are self-employed or you prefer to purchase your own insurance, you and your family can get health, dental, and vision insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Am I eligible?
Everyone is eligible for health insurance through the Marketplace. You may also qualify for subsidies to help pay your premiums. 2018 Open Enrollment runs from November 1, 2017, to December 15, 2017. If you’ve experienced certain life changes, like loss of a job or childbirth, you may be eligible to make changes to your health insurance in a Special Enrollment Period. Find out now.
For additional help with finding or applying healthcare through the Healthcare Marketplace or to make a complaint call 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325). This list of frequently asked questions might also have the answer that you need.
Is there anything else I need to know?
If you need more help with getting medical care or paying for medical care, use these resources:
State and Local Social Service agencies are your best resource for finding out if you qualify for any local programs in your area. Find yours now.
Other resources here may help you find suggestions on how to manage medical expenses.
Charity care programs help uninsured patients who can't afford to pay their medical bills and don't qualify for government aid. The patient services department of your local hospital can help you find out if you're eligible. Reach out to the hospital before your medical service and explain your situation. If you don't qualify, the hospital may offer you a payment plan.
Learn about your dental coverage options from local and state health programs, government insurance plans, dental schools, and clinical trials for people with limited incomes.
If you are uninsured or underinsured and must seek emergency medical treatment:
Under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA), you're guaranteed access to an emergency medical evaluation, even if you can't pay. The act requires hospitals that receive Medicare funding and that provide emergency services to evaluate anyone who comes to their emergency room and requests treatment. If the evaluation confirms that you have an emergency medical condition, including active labor, they are then required to provide stabilizing treatment for you regardless of your ability to pay