The following sites include information about the new health care law, screenings and vaccines, and prevention. If you’re uninsured or your current policy doesn’t cover preventive services, these links can help you find free or reduced cost care through local health centers and clinics.
Screenings and Vaccines
Personalized Screenings and Vaccines Recommendations
This tool from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services provides screenings and vaccination recommendations based on age and gender.
Preventive Services Covered Under the Affordable Care Act
Beginning September 23, 2010, this list of preventive services will be covered under most new individual insurance policies and employer-sponsored health plans.
Immunization Recommendations for International Travelers
The Travelers’ Health website from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lets you search for the vaccinations you need depending on your travel destination. Visitors can also find clinics throughout the U.S. that specialize in travel medicine.
Free or Low Cost Vaccines
This clickable map from the CDC provides contact information for state health departments that can help you find low-cost or free vaccines.
Help Getting Preventive Services
AARP & Walgreens Wellness Tour: Free Health Screenings The AARP & Walgreens Wellness Tour will visit more than 300 U.S. cities to offer free health tests. The screenings provided include blood pressure, cholesterol, bone density, waist circumference and body mass index.
Locate federally funded health centers — where you pay what you can afford based on your income — near where you live with a search tool from the Health Resources and Services Administration. In addition to the website, you can call the HRSA Information Center between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at 888-275-4772 to speak with an Information Specialist who will assist in finding a nearby health facility.
Free or Reduced Cost Health Care
All health care facilities receiving government funds under Title XVI are required to provide free or reduced cost health and clinical services to eligible individuals. Visit the website to learn more about the Hill-Burton Act and your eligibility.
Access Retired Medical Care Professionals at Low Cost
Volunteers in Medicine started in Hilton Head, SC, in 1994 as a way for retired medical professionals to serve those with limited access to care. Find out if your state is one of 25 that has a VIM clinic staffed by retired physicians, nurses and dentists.
Find services by zip code or state with this tool from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. To take a free online depression screening or find where depression screenings are being offered near you, visit Screening for Mental Health.
General Preventive Care
Wellness and Healthy Aging Resources
Discover tips for healthy aging and videos about health topics on this senior health site from the National Institutes of Health.
Quick Guide to Healthy Living
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services offers a general guide to preventive care, including healthy behaviors, screenings and community health resources.