This post continues my series on free and low-cost healthcare resources in Pinellas County, including St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Pinellas Park, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs, Gulfport and the beach communities. When someone is applying for Social Security Disability (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), they have to keep seeing doctors to win their claim. Being disabled from working means having less money. There are several options in Pinellas County where you can seek free or low-cost healthcare services.
The Pinellas County Health Plan is offered through Pinellas County Human Services Department. It provides medical and hospital coverage. The Plan also has a prescription service that offers medications with no co-pay. Pinellas Health & Human Services has north and south county locations at:
2189 Cleveland St. , Suite 230, Clearwater, FL 33765
647 1st Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33701
The program is for low-income individuals, and key component is household income. To qualify for services, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen or non-sponsored legal resident
- Be a Pinellas County resident
- Be an adult between the ages of 18 and 64
- Be uninsured and cannot pay for the medical care you need
- Not be eligible for Medicaid, Medicare or other public assistance programs
- Meet Federal Income Guidelines – see below
Income guidelines are based on the current Federal Poverty Guidelines for family size. These guidelines are updated each year. The figures shown are for net income after taxes are paid.
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If you are having difficulty paying for healthcare costs, you need to contact Pinellas Health & Human Services. If you do not see a doctor regularly while your SSDI or SSI claim is pending, there is a good chance you will lose the case. Do everything you can to get regular health care.
To apply for the Pinellas Health Plan, you can go to any one of a number of “Medical Homes” where the system is operated.
- Community Health Centers of Pinellas - gmap
(Johnnie Ruth Clarke Health Center)
1344 22nd St. S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
- Community Health Centers at Largo – gmap
12420 130th Ave. N.
Largo, FL 33774
- Community Health Centers at Tarpon Springs – gmap
247 S. Huey Ave.
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
- Community Health Centers at Pinellas Park – gmap
6237 66th St.
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
- Community Health Centers at Clearwater – gmap
1020 Lakeview Road
Clearwater, FL 33756
Health Department sites
- 205 Dr. M.L. King Jr. St. N. – gmap
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
- 6350 76th Ave. N. – gmap
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
- 310 N. Myrtle Ave. – gmap
Clearwater, FL 33755
- 301 S. Disston Ave. – gmap
Tarpon Springs, Fl 34689
Next in This Series: More free and low-cost healthcare options in Pinellas County, St. Petersburg, Clearwater and surrounding communities. Also, check back for future posts on free or low cost services in Pasco, Manatee, Hernando, Polk, and Orange Counties.
John Tucker is a Social Security Disability Attorney with offices in Clearwater (the Feather Sound area) and Tampa. Call (727) 572-5000 for a free consultation about your claim.