Below you will find health information and links for national, state and local resources, plus good sources of general and dental healthcare information and assistance, as well as medical transportation assistance. The U.S. Probation Office is not responsible for the accuracy of the information and materials on external links on this site.
New Affordable Care Act information can be found here.
Here are some U.S. Dept. of Health/Human Services (HHS) sites to find a Federally subsidized Health Clinic near you (includes locations, maps, contacts, websites, etc.), directories to search for doctors that accept Medicare or search by specialty, name or location, as well as explore insurance options available to you and compare hospitals quality of care by location/type.
Also, here's the subsidized health services directory from HHS (national locator), and the national locator of FREE and Charitable Health Clinics from the National Association of Free or Charitable Clinics.
Here's the website to determine if you can get financial assistance to get the medications you need at the Partnership for Prescription Assistance.
Also, here is a great portal on prescription medications from USA.gov covering medicine identification, types, purposes, interactions, costs and assistance, etc.
Texas Health Options is a go-to site for assistance in finding health insurance in Texas.
Texas Hospital Association – General Info. (getting care, medications, insurance, etc.)
Find a Texas Hospital (By City) and based on financial need at Texas Public Hospitals/Districts for Indigent Care
You can also find the nearest Veterans facility at this Veterans Service Locator
Texas Poison Control Centers via the National Association of Poison Control Centers.
Emergency POISON CONTROL information and resources can be found at the Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Check out the recommended vaccine schedules for babies, children, and adults. Parents may wonder, "Why should I immunize my child?" Learn the health reasons that continue to make vaccinations important. Also keep in mind that most schools and day care facilities in the United States require children to have up-to-date vaccination records. Take a look at the requirements in your state.
General health and healthy living information can be found at the US.. Department of Health and Human Services Healthfinder.gov, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, and the sites for Disease Prevention and Healthy Living and Prevention from the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
This is a great U.S. Department of Agriculture website and portal for losing weight, and improving your nutrition and overall health. It provides a SuperTracker and individualized My Plan that helps you improve your current health condition, reduce disease risks, set goals, and track progress to help you achieve a healthy weight and better manage your physical condition. Or, you can use the general plan helpful to anyone trying to improve their health.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women’s Health and the General Services Administration’s Federal Citizen Information Center have created a free Breastfeeding Resources Action Kit.
Some general information on identifying and responding to many general physical ailments and concerns can be found at WebMD.com
Information for free medical transportation assistance to Medicaid appointments via this link
A searchable listing of low or no cost urgent dental care assistance from Freedentalcare.us
Dental Benefits for Low-income families in certain areas of the Texas where the Oral Health Program (OHP) offices and providers are located.
John Peter Smith Health Network dental service sites (Tarrant county)
Parkland Hospital System - Community Dental Centers (Dallas county)
243 North Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63141 1-800-766-4466, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., CST (M-F) Fax: 314/991-4101
Vision USA provides free eye care to uninsured, low-income workers and their families: http://www.optometryscharity.org/vision-usa/
EyeCare America, a public service foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, provides comprehensive eye exams and care for up to one year, often at no out-of-pocket expenses to eligible callers through its seniors and Diabetes EyeCare Programs.
Its Glaucoma EyeCare program provides a glaucoma eye exam. http://eyecareamerica.org
In addition to their online educational materials, they offer multiple eye care programs for which individuals may qualify.
Callers will be asked a series of questions to determine the program that will provide the most appropriate eye care services.
3610 Fairmount Street, Dallas, Texas 75219 Phone # 800-331-2020
Seniors EyeCare Program
Age-related Macular Degeneration EyeCare Program
Diabetes EyeCare Program
Glaucoma EyeCare Program
Children's EyeCare Program
Lion's Clubs International provides financial assistance for eye care through local Clubs.
Lions Clubs International Headquarters, 300 West 22nd Street, Oak Brook, IL 60523-8842. Phone # 630-571-5466
New Eyes for the Needy has a voucher program for the purchase of new prescription eyeglasses:
** Since they have had so many individual requests for assistance, you must go through a social worker or physician to submit the paperwork
549 Millburn Avenue, PO Box 332, Short Hills, NJ 07078 973-376-4903 Fax: 973-376-3807
Mission Cataract USA is a program providing free cataract surgery to people of all ages who have no means to pay:
http://www.missioncataractusa.org/ The web site has a contact form, but no telephone numbers listed
Help your child maintain good dental health (USA.gov):
Tips for Parents and Caregivers -- Get information on snacking, fluoride, prenatal care, and more.
Quiz on Dental Care for Young Children -- Did you know that you should start using toothpaste with fluoride when your child turns 2? Learn more about good dental habits.
Dental Injuries -- Find out what to do if your child injures his/her gums or teeth.
Dental Sealants -- Learn about this option, which involves applying a thin plastic coating to prevent tooth decay.
Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) -- CHIP, which includes dental care, provides free or low-cost health coverage for children of eligible families.