This is specific to one major health care system that runs hospitals and doctors offices around my area but I thought it might be useful info because those in similar situations might want to call and see if you have a health care system in your area making similar provisions. I called my prior dr's office about getting medication records for the VA because it has info about previous mammos and of course, verifies the rx for allergy medications. I mentioned I was only changing providers due to not having insurance for so long. She said the health care system that runs their office now has two means of helping those without insurance- 1) You apply with that system and if approved you get a card that allows you to see any of their providers for a flat fee of about $30. There is no monthly fee. This is a private company, not a public agency. It doesn't cover cost of medications though. It covers hospital visits, too, but she didn't say what payment that would take. 2) They have a van that goes to different areas for certain times of the day and is set up on the inside like a dr's office. They ask for donations but are free. They exam you and give you some samples of medications if they have them in order to keep you going a few days. This is certainly useful in case difficult child needs medication care before the medicaid process is complete. I have worried about that. Anyway, now I'm learning more about things that have been put in place to help people over the past year or so since our economy has left so many in horrible situations. I thought I would throw this out to encourage others in bad spots to call places that normally would not have had assistance plans like this but might have them now. It would be nice for others to include any helpful info they have found or ideas they have, too, if you want.