Local health centers offer COVID-19 testing for low-income families

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — With the rise in COVID-19 cases, many low-income families are asking where they can go to get tested without worrying about financial hardship.

There are testing centers that can help ease this financial stress and provide testing to those that are underinsured or who have no insurance at all.

“Just like a lot of our other programs with family planning and WIC, certainly if you are underinsured or if you don’t have any insurance, we would love to see you. Our clinics sometimes they do back up a bit but once you get your paperwork done the swab itself only takes a few minutes and then you are on your way,” said District Administrator for the Southeastern Public Health District, Corey Kirkland.

The Houston County Department of Health does not charge any sort of co-payments for COVID testing, but they do ask for insurance.

“We do ask if you have it with you, that you provide your insurance card. That can be Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross, you know any other card and we do take that information and if we are able to bill for the actual lab services we do, do that, but we did not have a copay for the individual,” Kirkland said.

Kirkland says that billing the insurance helps with the reimbursement of lab supplies, and the expense of materials it takes to run the swab. Kirkland also shared some other testing centers in the Wiregrass that offer low-cost options.

“ There are several walk-in places around town and around Houston County, SARHA is another good option that’s a federally qualified health center, Alabama Family Clinics over on 52, many of our walk-in places like AllSouth, America Family Care, Prime Care, certainly call them if they do require insurance they may also have a self-pay option as well that they could work out with someone if they were needing testing,” Kirkland shared.

Kirkland says that you should not let the inability to pay or lack of insurance stop you from getting tested, especially if you are showing two or more COVID symptoms.

For a full list of their testing locations check out their website https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/index.html or Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/pg/HoustonCHD/posts/?ref=page_internal

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