As the U.S. healthcare system continues to evolve, Charles Drew Health Center is positioned to help patients and the community understand the changes. The Affordable Care Act made health insurance coverage possible for many low-income Americans. Charles Drew Health Center’s Certified Application Counselors, credentialed through the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, help individuals understand, apply and enroll for health coverage through the Marketplace. These same staff are also available to help with Medicaid, SNAP benefits, ADC, AABD, energy and rental assistance.
Nebraska Medicaid is available to those Nebraska residents* based on the following criteria,
Children through age 18
Some low income adults
Blind or Disabled
Aged, person 65 and over
The marketplace is open November 1 through the last day of February. During this time individuals can apply for coverage based on the following criteria
US citizen or permanent resident*
Social Security Number required
*Exceptions: Those individuals in the United States on a Visa, work or student, are not eligible to apply for health insurance through the Marketplace and/or Medicaid, unless an individual is pregnant.
Outside of the open enrollment period, the following life events qualify individuals to apply for new health insurance through the Marketplace.
Change in marital status
Birth or death of a dependent
Or, if an individual pays more than 9.5% of gross income for health coverage through employer
Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP):
SNAP is available to US citizens and Permanent residents who meet certain income guidelines. The following grid shows the income guidelines for October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015.
The Nebraska Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is available to home owners and renters who meet income guideline and certain eligibility requirements. The follow displays shows income requirements,
Individuals who are 70 and older on a fixed income automatically qualify for assistance. Or,
Children under the age of 5 and their parents who are Aid To Dependent Children (ADC) automatically qualify for assistance.
In addition to the income qualifications, the following eligibility requirements apply to receive a one-time electricity assistance one time per year.
Individuals who have received a Disconnect Notice for electricity
Rental Assistance Program(RAP): Emergency Assistance is available to renters.
Aid to Dependent Children (ADC): ADC provides cash assistance to low-income families with children 18 or younger. To be eligible for the program, the adult family member must volunteer at least 20 hours per week or be a student taking at least 12 credit hours for a monthly stipend of $293.00, regardless of family size.
Assistance to the Aged, Blind or Disabled (AABD): The AABD program provides financial aid and medical assistance to individuals who are age 65 and older, or who are age 64 and younger and blind or disabled according to Social Security program definitions. Payments are determined based on income and countable resources.
Sliding Fee Scale
To qualify for the Sliding Fee Scale, you must bring in to the Health Center proof of your income and a social security card for the heads-of-household and all dependent children up to 18 years of age. Upon approval you will also be eligible to receive your dental services on the Sliding Fee, however, the minimum fee for dental is different than the fee for medical. Please contact the CDHC Dental Program at (402) 453-1433 to determine what your fee would be for dental services.
All fees are due at the time of your visit. If you are not able to pay your fee at the time of your medical visit, you will need to speak with a CDHC staff person to make arrangements for payment. If you are unable to pay your fee at the time of your dental visit, you will be asked reschedule your appointment for a later date.