Operated by volunteers and with the support of the community and Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital, the Volunteers in Medicine clinic will serve individuals who:
Every person's situation is different. If you are eligible for the Healthy IN Plan you will not need a VIM application. If an application is needed, you will be given one during the Eligibility interview.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Affordable Care Act (ACA)?
1. How will the ACA affect VIM patients? With the ACA (often called "Obamacare"), VIM can now actually help many of our patients get insurance, while we continue to provide free medical care for those who are not eligible.
2. What if I don't want health insurance? I'd rather remain a VIM patient! Any individual that is eligible for Healthy IN Plan (HIP), Medicaid, or an ACA Marketplace insurance plan is required to enroll in a plan.
3. What if I can't afford health insurance? There are many options for insurance that, right now, are truly affordable; therefre, all patients must complete the enrolment process to understand their options. In addition, there are several options for financial help if needed.
4. How can I get help with the enrollment process? The VIM Eligibility team will help you with enrollment. Simply come to the clinic during open eligibility hours (see Location & Clinic Hours) and ask to sign the eligibility clipboard.
What does 200% of the federal poverty level mean?
The United States Department of Health and Human Services establishes the federal poverty level. The Volunteers in Medicine free medical clinic serves adults who earn at or below 200% of this level, which translates for the year 2014 to the following:
|Persons in Household
For families with more than 8 persons, add $3,960 for each additional person.
Volunteers in Medicine clinic provides free, quality primary and preventive care for both chronic and acute illnesses. The following services are also available at no cost:
- health education
- women's health
- diagnostic laboratory and radiology testing at IUHBloomington Hospital
- spine clinic
- behavioral and mental health
- dental care**
- pediatric care***
* Clinic doctors only prescribe narcotics on a very sort-term basis for acute issues such as extractions or a broken leg.
** For dental care, patients will be evaluated at the clinic, and then will be referred to participating local dentists.
*** Children of adults who qualify for care at the Volunteers in Medicine clinic will be referred to Southern Indiana Pediatrics for free care.