It’s extremely vital that you and your family take care of your health. New Mexico has one of the highest rates of poverty in the nation. Unfortunately, many are not insured. If you or your children qualify for Medicaid, be sure to sign up for it at the Human Services Department. If you do not qualify but still can not pay for coverage, look into the State Children’s Health Insurance for your child. For yourself, you can go to one of these clinics listed below for free or very low-cost.
UNM Care provides free or low-cost financial services for healthcare to low-income individuals. The lowest co-pay is $0 for a clinic visit, and the rates extend from $5-$30 from there, depending on your income and family size. You must be denied for Medicaid before many of their services. If you are a UNM student you can attend the clinics there, and sign up for UNM care there as well. However, if you are not affiliated with UNM, you’ll be signing up at the UNM Hospital itself. Call ahead of time to schedule an appointment and see what paperwork you need to bring with you.
Call (505)-272-2521 or toll free 1-888-453-1304
First Choice Community Healthcare:
There are seven First Choice Community Healthcare clinics in Albuquerque and two additional ones in surrounding towns, those being in Los Lunas and Edgewood. You’ll want to visit this site: link to see which one is closest to you. Many of these provide a range of services, including walk-ins, such as dental, primary care, gynological, testing, and WIC. UNM care also uses First Choice as an option to their clinics. Call the administration office to find out more information: 505-873-7473
First Nations CommunityHealthsource:
Is anyone in your family a Native American? Then they could receive free services at First Nations. First Nations is a clinic that serves a number of areas from dental to massage, to primary care, traditional healing, WIC, social services and more. You will need to present your tribal card to verify you are Native American. However, some of the services are open to the public, such as WIC, Medicaid and even massage. They are located at Zuni and Palomas, just East of San Mateo. Visit them at: http://www.fnch.org/ or give them a call at 505.262.2481. Most days they are open from 7am-8pm.
Another great resource is to call the City by dialing 311 on your phone and asking for information on where you can visit a free or low-cost clinic in your area.