Health Care Assistance

2-1-1 United Way for Greater Austin – A program of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission in collaboration with the United Way for Greater Austin, is a free, easy-to-use phone number that connects callers anywhere in Texas with health and human service providers in their community. 2-1-1 Texas is for anyone who needs help. This free, confidential multilingual resource (90+ languages) is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. | 2000 E. MLK Jr. Blvd., Austin, TX 78702-1340 |Toll-free 2-1-1 | 512.973.9203 | 512.472.6267

Austin Groups for the Elderly (AGE) – Provides services through Elderhaven Adult Day Centers in both Austin and in Williamson County. Centers offer safe, secure and stimulating environments for adults who need assistance with daily living skills. Caregiver Resource Center, operated in collaboration with the Capital Area Agency on Aging, provides equipment, information, education and consultation to caregivers and their families. Community Lending Closet provides durable medical equipment and supplies at no cost to the elderly and disabled. The Austin Computer Learning Center is dedicated to teaching computer basics and new technologies to older adults and others, with limited access. The historic AGE Building also provides centrally located, reasonably priced office space and shared services to area non-profit groups. | 3710 Cedar Street, Box 2, Austin, TX 78705 | 512.451.4611

Austin Smiles – Austin Plastic Surgery Foundation (for children). Provides reconstructive plastic surgery (primarily cleft lip and palate repairs) in Travis and 10 surrounding counties. | 3901 Medical Parkway, Ste. 300, Austin, TX 78756 | 512.451.9300

Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas – Resources for breast cancer information, education and support with locations in Round Rock, Georgetown, Austin, North Austin and Hays County. See website for addresses of all locations. | 306 E. Main Street, Suite 101, Round Rock, TX 78664 | 512.248.2645

Capital of Texas Team Survivor – Provides free exercise, health education and support programs for women living with cancer. Programs include Triathlon Training, Race for the Cure Training, Yoga and Swim Groups. A United Way Community Partner. |PO Box 301148, Austin, TX 78703 | 512.426.1408

Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) – This Texas Children’s Medicaid program is designed for families with incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid yet still unable to afford to buy private insurance for their children. CHIP coverage provides a full range of health services including regular checkups, immunizations, prescription drugs, lab tests, x-rays, hospital visits and more. | Chip processing center: HHSC, PO Box 149024, Austin, TX 78714-9024. | The program can be accessed by calling 211 or the Medicaid client hotline: 800.252.8263 | Chip call center: 877.543.7669 | 800.647.6558

Easter Seals Central Texas — Provides a variety of services to people with disabilities and their families, including clinical services, early childhood intervention. paid job training, employment services, community access and housing services. A United Way Community Partner. | 1611 Headway Circle, Blg. 2, Austin, TX 78754 | 512.478.2581

Family Eldercare, Inc. – Supports the family’s role as caregiver for frail elders through training, information and services to prevent abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of elders and adults with disabilities. A United Way Community Partner.| 1700 Rutherford Ln., Austin, TX 78754 | 512.483.0844

Hope Alliance – Core services include a 24-hour crisis hotline, emergency shelter, transitional housing, accompaniment services, legal advocacy, counseling, support groups, education and prevention. Main offices and the emergency shelter are located in Round Rock. Outreach offices include the Taylor and Georgetown Police Departments, Williamson County Sheriff’s Department. A United Way Community Partner. | 1011 Gattis School Rd. #106, Round Rock, TX 78664 | 512.255.1212 | 24-Hour Hotline: 800.460.SAFE

Interagency Support Council of East Williamson County, Inc. – Coordinates community services in Taylor, Thrall, Granger, Bartlett and Coupland. Focuses on mental health services for school children and senior services. A United Way Community Partner. | 400 Porter St. Taylor, TX 76574 | 512.352.9898

Kidney Health Care Program – Helps people with end state renal disease get health care services including Dialysis treatments, access surgery, drugs, travel to health care visits and Medicare premiums. A United Way Community Partner. | Mailing address: Kidney Health Care Program – Dept. of State Health Services, MC 1938 P.O. Box 149347, Austin, TX 78714-9347 | Inquiry Line – 800.222.3986 | 512.776.7150

LIVESTRONG — Free and confidential support is provided for cancer survivors and caregivers. LIVESTRONG connects clients and families to resources and information specific to each person’s individualized needs. | 2201 E. Sixth Street, Austin, TX 78702 | 855.220.7777

Lone Star Circle of Care – LSCC is a federally qualified community health center (FQHC) providing affordable, quality healthcare to the uninsured and underserved in Central Texas. There are no residency, income, insurance or other restrictions to receive care. With approximately 25 clinics (and growing) in Williamson, Bell and Travis Counties, LSCC provides seniors, adults and children with primary care, general dentistry, women’s health and OB/GYN, psychiatry and behavioral health services. Low cost prescription drugs and specialty referrals are also available. Uninsured patients go through a program registration process to determine their fee level, based on federal poverty guidelines. | 877.800.5722

Mental Health America of Texas – Offers people looking for help a wide range of programs and resources for mental health services, information and education. | 1210 San Antonio Street, Ste. 200, Austin, TX 78701 | 512.454.3706

Samaritan Health Ministries – Healthcare for the uninsured, including acute, non-emergency care, medications refills, mental health services and dental care. Initial screening for eligibility is on Monday evenings. Visit the website for hours and services provided. | 700 W. Whitestone Blvd., Cedar Park, TX 78613 | 512.331.5828

Texas Health Options — Find current information about free/low cost prescription drugs and other programs for consumers. On the home page, look on the left for “Get Started: Select Your Profile” (for example Unemployed). Consumer Help Line is available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., CST. | 512.463.6515 | 800.252.3439

The Care Communities – Social services support, daily tasks, and genuine companionship for people with cancer or HIV/AIDS. | 314 E. Highland Mall Blvd, Ste. 495, Austin, TX 78752 | 206 East Main St., Round Rock, TX 78664 | Austin – 512.459.5883 | Round Rock – 512.459.5883

Williamson County and Cities Health District – Public Health Department Offices in Cedar Park, Georgetown, Round Rock and Taylor. Call to find out if you qualify for a medical program or low cost primary care in Williamson County. Some of the services include flu shots, adult immunizations, HIV/STD testing, prescription discount cards and TB tests. These offices also administer Williamson County indigent care programs. | 512.248.3252 | 800.890.6296

Williamson County Children’s Advocacy Center – Services are offered to minimize trauma and reduce revictimization to child victims of abuse. Children and teens coming to the Center may be victims of abuse and/or neglect, or may have witnessed a serious crime. A United Way Community Partner. | 1811 SE Inner Loop, Georgetown, TX 78626 | 512.943.3701

National Medical Organizations that provide assistance:

American Cancer Society – Learn about making treatment decisions, coping with side effects, handling financial matters, caregiving, and living well after cancer. The American Cancer Society also has programs and services for managing cancer treatment, recovery and emotional support. Services are free of charge. | 2433 Ridgepoint Dr., Austin, TX 78754 | 512.919.1800 | 800.227.2345

American Heart Association – Find important health information on symptoms and prevention against heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and strokes. Look for tips on how to administer CPR. | 10900-B Stonelake Blvd., Ste. 320, Austin, TX 78759 | 512.338.2400 | 800.AHA.USA1

American Lung Association – The leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through Education, Advocacy and Research. Find information on causes and treatments for Lung Cancer, Asthma, COPD, Influenza. Look for tips on how to quit smoking. | 8207 Callaghan Road, Suite 140, San Antonio, TX 78230 | 210.308.8978 | 800-LUNGUSA or 800.586.4872

Texas Department of State Health Services – An online central depository of information and resources on family healthcare, mental health and substance abuse in Texas.