In addition to programs that help patients obtain free or low-cost medicines and health care services, the following resources may be available to help patients meet their health care needs for free or at a reduced cost.


AIDS Patient Assistance Program

Housing Works is a healing community of people living with and affected by AIDS. Our mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain our efforts.

Health Homes target Medicaid-eligible patients with chronic illness, and Medicaid recipients with

HOUSINGWORKS
Phone: 1-877-296-9264
Email: info@housingworks.org

Assistance:New York City Area, Patient Support

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American Kidney Fund

With help from AKF, dialysis patients are able to maintain their health insurance coverage. AKF also provides assistance with expenses that insurance will not cover, such as transportation to dialysis, dications, special diet, kidney donor expenses and other treatment essentials.AKF's specialty programs help patients afford treatment during emergency travel and recover from natural disasters.

American Kidney Fund
11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: 1-800-638-8299
Email: patientservice@kidneyfund.org

Assistance: National, Medicare Prescription Drug Assistance, Insurance Premium Assistance, Other Patient Support

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The Assistance Fund, Inc.

The Assistance Fund is a leading 501(c)3 nonprofit organization created to make advanced biotech therapies available to the underinsured.

The Assistance Fund
4700 Millenia Lakes Boulevard, Suite 310
Orlando, Florida 32839
Phone: 855-845-3663
Fax: 866-254-9411
Email: patientadvocates@assistfund.org

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Avon Foundation Breast Care Fund

The mission of the Avon Foundation for Women Breast Health Outreach Program (BHOP) is to link medically underserved women to breast health education and screening services. Low-income, underinsured, and other marginalized populations often need targeted, customized approaches to help them obtain regular mammograms and clinical breast exams.

Avon Breast Health Outreach Program (BHOP)
505 Eighth Avenue, Suite 1901
New York, NY 10018
Phone:1-212-244-5368
Fax: 212-695-3081
Email: admin@avonbhop.org

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BenefitsCheckUp

This is a service that helps find programs for people ages 55 and over that may pay for some of their costs of prescription drugs, health care, and other services.

National Council on Aging
1901 L Street, NW, 4th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20036
Phone: 1-202-479-1200

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Brain Tumor Drug Copayment Assistance Program

The Brain Tumor Drug Copayment Assistance Program, a program of the Musella Foundation For Brain Tumor Research & Information, Inc., provides financial assistance to families who need help covering the cost of certain drugs used to treat specific type of brain tumors.

Brain Tumor Drug Copayment Assistance Program

Phone: (855) 426-2672

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CancerCare

CancerCare is a national nonprofit organization that provides free, professional support services to anyone affected by cancer: people with cancer, caregivers, children, loved ones, and the bereaved. CancerCare programs including counseling, education, financial assistance and practical help are provided by trained oncology social workers and are completely free of charge.

CancerCare
275 Seventh Ave.
New York, NY, 10001
Phone: 800-813-4673

Email: info@cancercare.org

Assistance: National, Prescription Assistance, Other Patient Support

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American Childhood Cancer Organization

American Childhood Cancer Organization provides programs, information and awareness for children and adolescents with cancer and their families, to advocate for their needs, and to support research so every child survives and leads a long and healthy life.

American Childhood Cancer Organization
P.O. Box 498
Kensington MD 20895-0498
Phone: 855-858-2226
Email: staff@candlelighters.org

Assistance: Children's Services

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American Parkinson Disease Association

As the country’s largest grassroots organization serving more than 1 million Americans with Parkinson's disease and their families, APDA’s energy is focused on research, patient services, education and raising public awareness. Local resources in most states provide assistance to individuals.

American Parkinson Disease Association National Office
135 Parkinson Avenue
staten Island, NY 10305
Phone: 800-223-2732
Email: apda@parkinsons.org

Assistance: National, Local Chapters, Research, Advocacy

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American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc. /APDA National Young Onset Center

The APDA National Young Onset Center focuses on developing education and support services that address the unique needs of young people with Parkinson's disease, their family members and friends as well as their healthcare team.

American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc. /APDA National Young Onset Center
25 North Winfield Road
Winfield, IL 60190
Phone: 877-223-3801
Fax: 630-933-4380
Email: apda@parkinsons.org

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Caring Voice Coalition, Inc.

Comprehensive help for the needs of patients with serious, chronic illnesses including with prescription drug costs.

Caring Voice Coalition, Inc.,
8249 Meadowbridge Road
Mechanicsville, VA 23116
Phone: (888) 267-1440
Email: CVCInfo@caringvoice.org

Assistance: National, Medicare Prescription Drug Assistance, Insurance Copayment Assistance, Insurance Premium Assistance, Insurance Counseling and Advocacy, Other Patient Support

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The Center for Medicare Advocacy

The Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc. is a national non-profit, non-partisan organization that provides education, advocacy, and legal assistance to help elders and people with disabilities obtain Medicare and necessary health care. The Center was established in 1986. We focus on the needs of Medicare beneficiaries, people with chronic conditions, and those in need of long-term care. The organization is involved in writing, education, and advocacy activities of importance to Medicare beneficiaries nationwide. The Center's central office is in Connecticut, with offices in Washington, DC and throughout the country.

Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc
P.O. Box 350
Willimantic, CT 06226
Phone: (860) 456-7790
Fax: (860) 456-2614

Assistance: Medicare Prescription Drug Assistance

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Chai Lifeline

Chai Lifeline is a not for profit organization dedicated to helping children suffering from serious illness as well as their family members. We offer a comprehensive range of services to address the multiple needs of patients, parents, and siblings.

Chai Lifeline
151 West 30th Street
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 877-CHAI-LIFE
Fax: 212-465-0949
Email: info@chailifeline.org

Assistance: National, Insurance Copayment Assistance, Insurance Premium Assistance, Other Patient Support

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Chemocare.com

Chemocare.com is designed to provide the latest information about chemotherapy to patients and provides links to other resources for prescription assistance.

Email: chemocare@ccf.org

Assistance: Financial information

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Chronic Disease Fund, Inc. (CDF)

CDF's focus is to provide assistance to those under-insured patients who are diagnosed with chronic or life altering diseases that require the use of expensive, specialty therapeutics.

Chronic Disease Fund, Inc.
6900 N. Dallas Parkway, Suite 200
Plano, TX 75024
Phone: 877-968-7233
Email: info@cdfund.org

Assistance: National, Prescription Assistance

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Compassionate Allowances

Social Security has an obligation to provide benefits quickly to applicants whose medical conditions are so serious that their conditions obviously meet disability standards. Compassionate allowances are a way of quickly identifying diseases and other medical conditions that invariably qualify under the Listing of Impairments based on minimal objective medical information. Compassionate allowances allow Social Security to quickly target the most obviously disabled individuals for allowances.

Social Security Administration
Office of Public Inquiries
Windsor Park Building
6401 Security Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21235
Phone: 800-772-1213
Email: compassionate.allowances@ssa.gov

Assistance: National, Patient Support

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DrugLess.Org

Drugless.org provides people with information on drug treatment, intervention and prevention.
Phone number: 1-877-SAMHSA-7

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Financial Aid for Eye Care

National Eye Institute
Many state and national resources regularly provide aid to people with vision problems. The National Eye Institute, which supports eye research, does not help individuals pay for eye care. However, if you are in need of financial aid to assess or treat an eye problem, you might contact one or more of the following programs listed.

National Eye Institute
31 Center Drive MSC 2510
Bethesda, MD 20892-2510
Phone: 301-496-5248
Email: 2020@nei.nih.gov

Assistance: National, Patient Support, Eye Care

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Financial Help for Treatment of Kidney Failure

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
NIDDK provides a list of programs to contact for kidney failure assistance.

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse
3 Information Way
Bethesda, MD 20892-3580
Phone: 1-800-891-5390
Email: nkudic@info.niddk.nih.gov

Assistance: National, Patient Support

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Foundation for Health Coverage Education

This organization offer user-friendly tools and guides—booklets, pamphlets, toll-free Help Line, web tools and presentations—that simplify public and private health insurance options

Foundation for Health Coverage Education
101 Metro Drive, Suite 250
San Jose, California 95110
Uninsured Help Line: 1-800-234-1317
Email: fhceinfo@coverageforall.org

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National Council on Aging

1901 L Street, NW, 4th floor
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-479-1200

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HealthWell Foundation

The HealthWell Foundation provides financial assistance to eligible individuals to cover coinsurance, copayments, health care premiums and deductibles for certain medications and therapies. If you've been prescribed a medication and your insurance company covers it, but you still cannot afford the coinsurance or copayment required, we may be able to assist you by paying for part of your costs associated with the medication. Also, if you are eligible for health insurance, but cannot afford the insurance premium, we may be able to assist with your insurance premium.

HealthWell Foundation
P.O. Box 4133
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
Phone: 800-675-8416
Fax: 800-282-7692
Email: info@healthwellfoundation.org

Assistance: National, Insurance Copayment Assistance, Insurance Premium Assistance, Prescription Assistance, Other Patient Support

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Hill-Burton Free and Reduced-Cost Health Care

Over 160 health care facilities nationwide provide free or reduced-cost care due to Hill-Burton obligations. You are eligible to apply for Hill-Burton free care if your income is at or below the current HHS Poverty Guidelines.

Hill-Burton
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 10-105
Rockville, MD 20857
1-800-638-0742

Assistance: National, Patient Support

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Breast Cancer Assistance Program

American Breast Cancer Foundation
The American Breast Cancer Foundation provides direct financial assistance to uninsured and underserved women and men of all ages for breast cancer screening and diagnostic tests through the Key to Life Program. This includes annual screenings for women over 40, as well as support services for breast cancer patients

American Breast Cancer Foundation
1220 B East Joppa Rd. Suite 332
Baltimore, MD 21286
Phone: 410-825-9388
Fax: 410-825-4395
Email: info@abcf.org

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Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services. The Society's mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, the Society has invested more than $550.8 million for research specifically targeting blood cancers.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society National Office
1311 Mamaroneck Avenue, Suite 310
White Plains, NY 10605
Phone: 914-949-5213
Fax: 914-949-6691
Email: infocenter@lls.org

Assistance: National, Insurance Copayment Assistance, Insurance Premium Assistance, List Organizations that Provide Insurance Counseling and Advocacy, Lists Organizations that provide Prescription Assistance

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National Marrow Patient Assistance Program and Financial Assistance Fund

National Marrow Patient Assistance Program and Financial Assistance Fund may help pay for some of the costs of prescription drugs taken while recovering from a marrow transplant

National Marrow Patient Assistance Program and Financial Assistance Fund
Phone: 888-999-6743
Email: patientinfo@nmdp.org

Assistance: National, Insurance Copayment Assistance, Insurance Premium Assistance, List Organizations that Provide Insurance Counseling and Advocacy, Lists Organizations that provide Prescription Assistance

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Medicare Rights Center

The Medicare Rights Center is a national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs and public policy initiatives.

The Medicare Rights Center
520 Eighth Avenue
North Wing, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10018
Phone: 212-869-3850
Fax: 212-869-3532
Email: info@medicarerights.org

Assistance: National, Medicare Assistance

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MEDBANK of Maryland, Inc.

MEDBANK is a non-profit organization dedicated to accessing free prescription drugs for low-income, chronically ill Marylanders. This program only assists Maryland residents.

MEDBANK of Maryland, Inc.
2524 Kirk Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21284
Phone: 1-877-435-7755
Fax: 410-821-9265
Email: sbrockman@peopleschc.org

Assistance: Prescription Assistance

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National Children's Cancer Society

The mission of The National Children's Cancer Society is to improve the quality of life for children with cancer and their families by providing financial and in-kind assistance, advocacy, support services and education.

National Children's Cancer Society
One South Memorial Drive., Suite 800
St. Louis, MO 63102
Phone: 800-5-FAMILY
Email: survivorship@children-cancer.org

Assistance: National, Chuldren's Cancer Assistance

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National Organization for Rare Disorders

The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), a 501(c)3 organization, is a unique federation of voluntary health organizations dedicated to helping people with rare "orphan" diseases and assisting the organizations that serve them. NORD is committed to the identification, treatment, and cure of rare disorders through programs of education, advocacy, research, and service.

National Organization for Rare Disorders
55 Kenosia Avenue
Danbury, CT 06813-1968
Phone: (203) 744-0100
Fax: (203)798-2291
Email: orphan@rarediseases.org

Assistance: National, Insurance Copayment Assistance, Insurance Premium Assistance, Prescription Assistance

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Needy Meds

NeedyMeds is a 501(3)(c) non-profit with the mission of helping people who cannot afford medicine or healthcare costs. The information at NeedyMeds is available anonymously and free of charge.

Email: info@needymeds.com
Address: NeedyMeds, Inc, P.O. Box 219, Gloucester, MA 01931
Phone: (978) 865-4115
Fax: (419) 858-7221

Assistance: National, Medicare Prescription Drug Assistance, Insurance Copayment Assistance, Prescription Assistance

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Patient Access Network Foundation (PAN)

The Patient Access Network Foundation provides financial support for out-of-pocket costs associated with a wide range of medications to treat a number of conditions.

Patient Access Network Foundation
PO Box 221858
Charlotte NC 28222
Phone: 1-866-316-PANF (7263)
Email: contact@patientaccessnetwork.org

Assistance: National, Prescription Assistance

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The Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF)

The Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief Program (CPR) currently provides direct financial support to insured patients, including Medicare Part D beneficiaries, who must financially and medically qualify to access pharmaceutical co-payment assistance.

Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief Program
421 Butler Farm Road
Hampton, Virginia 23666
1-866-512-3861
Email: help@patientadvocate.org

Assistance: National, Medicare Prescription Drug Assistance, Prescription Assistance

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Patient Services Incorporated

Patient Services Incorporated (PSI) is a non-profit organization primarily dedicated to providing health insurance premium assistance, pharmacy co-payment assistance and co-payment waiver assistance for persons with specific expensive chronic illnesses.

Patient Services Incorporated
P.O. Box 1602
Midlothian, VA 23112
Phone: 800-366-7741
Email: uneedpsi@uneedpsi.org

Assistance: National, Medicare Prescription Drug Assistance, Insurance Copayment Assistance, Insurance Premium Assistance, Insurance Counseling and Advocacy, Prescription Assistance

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Patient Travel and Lodging

Office of Rare Diseases, NIH
Links to charitable or special fare flights to research and treatment sites, hospitality houses for patients and families, and fee-for-service ambulance services

Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center
6701 democracy Blvd, Suite 1001
Bethesda, MD 20892
301-402-4336

Assistance: National, Patient Support, Travel

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Resources for Financial Assistance for Cancer Patients and Their Families

Cancer can impose heavy economic burdens on both patients and their families. Government-sponsored programs as well as services supported by nonprofit, national organizations are available for people who do not have health insurance and for those who have insurance but still need financial assistance to cover health care costs. This database includes Government agencies and national organizations that provide financial assistance to cancer patients and their families, or provide information about patient assistance programs.

NCI Office of Communications and Education
Public Inquiries Office
9600 Medical Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892
1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237)

Assistance: National, Patient Support

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Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF)

The PAF helps to solve health insurance and access problems. The website has information on resources, programs, and provides personal help. PAF offers assistance to patients with specific issues they are facing with their insurer, employer and/or creditor regarding insurance, job retention and/or debt crisis matters relative to their diagnosis of life threatening or debilitating diseases.

Services provided by PAF include:

  • Colorectal CareLine

    Colorectal CareLine is a patient/provider hotline designed to provide assistance to patients who have been diagnosed with colorectal cancer and are seeking education and access to care.

  • CINV CareLine

    CINV (chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting) CareLine is a patient hotline designed to provide case management assistance to patients diagnosed with cancer and experiencing chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting who are seeking education and access to care.

  • Co-Pay Relief Program

    The Co-Pay Relief Program currently provides direct financial support to insured patients, including Medicare Part D beneficiaries, who must financially and medically qualify to access pharmaceutical co-payment assistance. The program offers personal service to all patients through the use of call counselors; personally guiding patients through the enrollment process.

Patient Advocate Foundation
421 Butler Farm Road
Hampton, VA 23666
1-800-532-5274
Email: help@patientadvocate.org

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PatientAssistance.com, Inc.

PatientAssistance.com is a free resource designed to help connect patients who can’t afford their prescription medications with patient assistance programs.

Address: 11608 Darryl Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70815
Email: rbowden@patientassistance.com

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Planned Parenthood Federation of America

Planned Parenthood's health centers offer services including birth control, routine gynecological exams, STD testing and treatment, pregnancy testing, and abortion. Lists of health centers by area are available on the website.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America
434 West 33rd Street
New York, NY 10001
1-800-230-PLAN (7526)

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RxAssist

RxAssist is a website with information, news, and a database that are all designed to help you find out about ways to get affordable, or free, medications. The database includes information on the pharmaceutical companies' patient assistance programs, or programs that provide free medication to low-income patients. RxAssist was created by Volunteers in Health Care, a national, nonprofit resource center for health care programs working with the uninsured.

Address: 111 Brewster Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860
Phone: 1-401-729-3284
Fax: 1-401-729-2955
Email: info@rxassist.org

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RxHope: Patient Assistance Information

A list current Patient Assistance Programs, online resources and medication search.

RxHope
P.O. Box 42886
Cincinnati, OH 45242
1-877-267-0517
Email: CustomerService@RxHope.com

Assistance: National, Patient Support

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Transplant Living

United Network for Organ Sharing
Financing a transplant raises many questions and concerns for patients and their families. Common funding sources to help with the costs of transplants are listed.

United Network for Organ Sharing
PO Box 2484
Richmond, VA 23218
Phone: 888-894-6361

Assistance: National, Patient Support

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Understanding, Planning and Paying for Long-Term Care

Administration on Aging
The National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care Information. This web site was developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide information and resources to help you and your family plan for future long-term care (LTC) needs.

Administration on Aging
One Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 4100
Washington, DC 20201
Phone: 202-619-0724
Fax: 202-357-3555
Email: longtermcareinfo@acl.hhs.gov

Assistance: National Resources, Financial Assistance

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Understanding Prescription Assistance Programs (PAPs)

National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE)
This website provides resources for getting the right information about PAPs.

National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE)
200-A Monroe Street, Suite 212
Rockville, MD 20850-4448
Phone: 301-340-3940
Fax: 301-340-3944
Email: ncpie@ncpie.info

Assistance: National Resources

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UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation

Grants to provide financial relief for families who have children with medical needs not covered or not fully covered by their commercial health benefit plan. The Foundation aims to fill the gap between what medical services/items your child needs and what your commercial health benefit plan will pay for.

UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation
MN017-W400
PO BOX 41
Minneapolis, MN 55440-0041
Phone: 855-698-4223

Assistance: National Resources, Financial Assistance, Children's Assistance

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Vaccines for Children Program

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
This is a federally funded program that provides vaccines at no cost to children who might not otherwise be vaccinated because of inability to pay. There is information for parents, including where to get vaccines.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Rd.
Atlanta, GA 30333
1-800-CDC-INFO

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WISEWOMAN - Heart Health for Uninsured and Under-Insured Women

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
This program (administered through CDC's Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention) provides screening for heart disease and stroke risk factors and lifestyle interventions for many low-income, uninsured, or under-insured women aged 40-64. The website has information on heart health and program locations.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
WISEWOMAN Program
Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
4770 Buford Hwy, NE
Atlanta, GA 30341-3717
1-800-CDC-INFO

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