Rural Health offers resource guide

UNIVERSITY PARK – A free resource describing numerous no-cost or low-cost health care options available to Pennsylvania residents has been updated and published by the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health and Penn State Extension.

The fourth edition of the Resource Guide to Health Care Options in Pennsylvania identifies specific programs and services available to Pennsylvania residents in need of health services. The information includes a description of each program available and the benefits it provides, eligibility and income requirements for each program, a listing of counties where each program is offered and telephone numbers, addresses and links to websites where individuals can obtain information and apply for services.

The guide provides county-by-county listings of state agencies, primary care clinics such as federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics, migrant health services, agencies that serve special populations, state health centers and Penn State Extension offices. County listings of patient navigator services also are provided to assist consumers in obtaining health insurance through the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace, established through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

As of March 30, approximately 800,000 people, or 6.5 percent of Pennsylvania’s population, were uninsured. While many programs are available to help those individuals and families, finding information on the various health insurance programs that are available and establishing eligibility for those programs can be challenging. The guide was developed to help provide access to care for those people.

A free copy of the resource guide is available on the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health’s website, under the link to publications.