FernCare’s Resources for Low Income Healthcare

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(C. Proxmire, Jan. 23, 2013)

FernCare has updated their list of places where people can get health care and other assistance.  Currently the Ferndale-based free health clinic is operating at capacity and is not accepting new clients at this time.  However, they are dedicated to providing information to help connect people with the care they need. The list below is shared off of their Resources Page at http://ferncare.org/resources/.

Those who would like more information, or who would like to donate to FernCare, check out their website at www.ferncare.org.  New resources are added there as they become available.


1-800-848-5533 Weekdays 9am-4pm
You talk directly with an RN. Great resources!


An amazing collection of resources.

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Burnstein Comunity Health Clinic 248-758-1690
90 West University Dr., Pontiac

Mercy Place Clinic    248-334-0024      Zip code based  Appointment Only
55 Clinton St.
Pontiac, MI 48342

Joy-Southfield Community Health    313-581-7773    Appointment Only
18917 Joy Rd.
Detroit, MI 48228

Project Chessed 248-592-2300 For Members of Jewish Households. Referral resource only. Part of Jewish Family Services.
6555 W. Maple
West Bloomfield, MI 48322

MAPI Charitable Clinic 248-904-9559 Saturday only, by appointment.
16800 W. 12 Mile Rd.
Southfield, MI 48076

Mercy Primary Care Clinic 313-692-8400 M-F 8-5 pm Wayne State University Medical School connected, east side.bubble_and_bark_ad_ferndale115
5555 Conner
Detroit, MI 48213


Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Organization 313-964-6888
McNamara Federal Building 477 Michigan Ave. Suite 1226, Detroit
Assists all veterans in filing claims for VA health services and an array of veterans’ benefits.

FEDERALLY QUALIFIED HEALTH CLINICS – sliding fee scale based on income

Covenant Community Care 248-556-4900
27776 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48076
A federally qualified health center taking both insured and uninsured patients of any age. Appointment only. Dental is available but may need to go to another site.

Oakland Primary Health Services 248-322-6747
46 N. Saginaw St, Pontiac, MI 48342
Appointment only. Dental by voucher program and by referral.

http://www.greenthumbferndale.com/McAuley Health Center 313-579-1182
Located in the Joy-Southfield Community Development Building
18917 Joy Rd., Detroit, MI 48228
Appointment only. Accepts Medicaid. FQHC look-alike.


These are standard clinics that recognize the economic plight of a lot of people and have adjusted their fees.   NOTE: There MAY be additional fees for anything beyond the office visit (lab tests for example).  Ask when you call.

Mary Lee Community Health Center     248-291-6582     Takes Medicaid, Medicare, Oakland Health Plan, Adult Benefit Waiver (ABV) and offers reduced rates to people without insurance,
22720 Woodward  Suite 204
Ferndale, MI 48220

Dr. Atif George 248-543-2800 $45.00
23760 Woodward Ave., Pleasant Ridge, MI  48067

Dr. Jogneswar Saha 313-865-2020
15119 Woodward Ave., Highland Park, MI  48203


Oakland Primary Healthcare Network 248-593-9355 Oakland County residents onlyessential
Call Oakland Health Plan for information and enrollment periods. The only costs are $5.00 co-pay for a Primary Care Physician visit, $5.00 co-pay generic prescriptions, $10.00 for brand prescriptions, co-pay for tests.

ABW Program (Adult Benefit Waiver)
This program is only available during open enrollment periods determined by the state of Michigan. Contact your local Department of Human Services (DHS) office. It covers visits to an assigned Primary Care Physician (PCP), referrals to specialists, referrals for outpatient diagnostic services and procedures and prescription drugs.

Macomb Care Connect 586-783-9355
18 Market St., Mt Clemens MI 48043
Call to set up an appointment with the Intake Manager.

MI-Child or Healthy Kids 888-988-6300
For Uninsured Children 1 through age 20. Doctor visits/checkups, hospital care, prescriptions, dental care, immunizations, vision care, lab test and X-rays, hearing and speech care and mental health care are covered.

MEDICAID ASSIST  They know everything about Medicaid including how to enroll

Oakland County Department of Human Services Office
248-583-8700     www.michigan.gov/mdch
30755 Montpelier
Madison Heights, MI 48071

NOTE: When you contact any of these agencies, be as specific as possible about what you are looking for, i.e., crown, bridge, cleaning, dentures, etc.

bluesfestival2013The Oakland County Health Division Dental Program 248-858-1306
For low income County residents who have no dental insurance.   http://www.oakgov.com/health/program_service/dental_about.html

Tri-County Dental Health JVS        248-559-7767
29699 Southfield Rd., Southfield, MI 48076
Matches patients with low cost dental services in 3 counties. For low income, Medicaid, special needs, emergencies.

Oakland County Discount Dental 1-866-498-7914
A discount program receiving savings of 20% to 50% on dental care.

Oakland Community College Dental Clinic 248-942-3260
7350 Cooley Lake Rd., Waterford, MI 48327
Provides cleanings and x-rays at a low cost.
No website.

University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry 313-494-6700
2700 Martin Luther King Blvd., Detroit
Provides a sliding scale program: 25-50% less than private dentists. They do not accept referrals.

Dental Lifeline Network Michigan 517-347-0054 or 800-850-5913
Jennifer Goss, 3657 Okemos Road, Suite 200, Okemos, MI 48864


Common Ground 800-231-1127 24-hour Crisis and Resource Hotline
A lifeline for people in crisis, critical situations, victims of crime, persons with mental illness, runaway and homeless youths.

University of Detroit Mercy Psychology Clinic 313-993-3283 (Intake)
McNichols Campus, 4001 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit.
Doctoral students in clinical and school psychology provide services (evaluation, testing, psychotherapy) based on ability to pay.

Madonna University Psychology Clinic 734-432-5493
3660 Schoolcraft, Livonia
This is similar to the University of Detroit/Mercy clinic.

Easter Seals Mental Health Services in Oakland County 800-231-1127
Children: 248-483-7804 Adults: 248-372-6800


dinos02sidelogoVision USA 1-800-766-4466
Provides eye exams free to many uninsured low-income people and their families.

Dr. Steven Shanbom 248-546-2133
28747 Woodward Ave, Berkley, MI 48072 (South of 12 Mile Road)
Offers free vision screening 3 Thursdays per month from 1-2 PM. For adults only, by appointment only.

The Lions Club for Eyeglasses
They may pay for eyeglasses for low income people. in Royal Oak call 248-549-2504 or visit their web site at www.royaloaklionsclub.org For other Lions Clubs in Southeast Michigan call 248-975-6072.

Seniors Eye Care 1-800-222-3937
For seniors age 65 and over. Have not seen an ophthalmologist in 3 years, and do not have insurance. They offer an eye exam and treatment. www.eyecareamerica.org

America’s Best 1-800-896-7247
Offering two pair of eyeglasses and eye exam for $69.95
Royal Town Center, 8914 W. 8 Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220 248-658-1067
Woodwardside Plaza, 30262 Woodward Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48073 248-658-0145


A website that will help you find your generic prescription drugs through discount programs.

Needy Meds
Info about patient assistance programs to get medication from “free” to reasonable cost. Offers a discount card.DDAsample02


MICHILD and Healthy Kids.
We are fortunate in Michigan to have state insurance programs that cover children from birth through their 20th year.  The two programs are MICHILD and Healthy Kids. The applications for these two programs are on their website or call 1-888-988-6300.  Doctor visits/checkups, hospital care, prescriptions, dental care, immunizations, vision care, lab test and X-rays, hearing and speech care and mental health care are covered.

Detroit Community Health Connection, Inc. 313-832-8060
Healthy Teens Community Care Center 

611 Martin Luther King Blvd., Detroit, MI  48201
They provide a wide range of services to anyone in our age group (10 – 21m and up to 26 for young people with special needs) regardless of ability to pay. They will work with insurance, Medicaid, sliding fee or donation depending on EACH circumstance. ALSO “we never bill for confidential services and, except for life-threatening situations, we never share your information or results with anyone without your written permission.” If you are 14 – 17 and you want to receive confidential services, you will sign your own consent form for confidential services. If you are 18 or older, or if you are a mature or emancipated minor, you will sign your own consent form for all services.


Oakland County Health Division
1200 N. Telegraph Road, Pontiac, MI 48341 248-858-1000
27725 Greenfield, Southfield, MI 48076 248-424-7000

Reid_Sally_115Nurse On Call 1-800-848-5533 8:30-4:00 pm M-F
RNs answer the phone. They have a very good list of resources. This is not a testing site.
Offers anonymous and confidential HIV testing and counseling. 10-4 pm M-F

State AIDS Hot Line 1-800-872-2437
This is a referral site, not a testing site.

Michigan AIDS Coalition 1-888-A-CONDOM
429 Livernois St, Ferndale, MI 48220
Offers anonymous and confidential HIV testing and counseling. 10-4 pm M-F

Affirmations Community Center 248-398-7105
290 W. Nine Mile Road, Ferndale
Offers anonymous and confidential HIV testing and counseling. 10-4 pm M-F Call for Saturday hours.


BCCCP Program (Breast & Cervical Cancer Control Program 1-888-242-2702
Open to women ages 40-64. Offers Breast Care: Clinical breast exam, Mammogram, Follow-up tests, treatment. Cervical Care (PAP): Pap smear, Pelvic exam, Follow-up tests, Treatment.

Title 15 (Riley Foundation) 248-601-3541
Open to anyone. They will explain criteria. Services include PAPS and mammograms.

Planned Parenthood
23338 Woodward Ave., Ferndale, MI 48220 (Woodward and Maplehurst, east side of the street) 248-399-5900rs_oct_03_jim_odonnell_secondtry
Annual exams, birth control, pregnancy options information, information about abnormal Pap tests, STI testing and treatment, Pregnancy testing, Emergency contraception (EC), Rapid HIV testing and education.

Plan First! Free Family Planning Services  
This program is open to Michigan women ages 19-44 whose incomes are 185% of the U.S. poverty level or below. You must be a U.S. citizen. You may be required to provide a birth certificate. If you are unable to provide a birth certificate, the Community Health department may be able to confirm it. Go to Plan First! for a complete listing of their services and to enroll online.
Beneficiary help line: 1-800-642-3195 You may be able to see your current doctor under this plan if he/she is a Medicaid-enrolled provider.

The Ferndale 115 News has followed FernCare since before it opened to the public.  To read more about this grassroots effort, check out previous stories at http://oaklandcounty115.com/?s=ferncare.


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