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 (HIP), a VIM enrollment specialist will help you enroll. While you are waiting for your insurance to be approved, you are eligible to come to VIM for medical services.
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; therefore, all patients must complete the enrollment 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 2015 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:
- primary care
- walk-in urgent care
- women's health
- diagnostic laboratory and radiology testing at IUH Bloomington Hospital
- orthopedics / podiatry
- behavioral and mental health
- dental care**
- health support services, care management
- chronic disease education
- assistance with insurance enrollment and system navigation
* Clinic doctors prescribe narcotics only on a very short-term basis for immediate and temporary issues such as extractions or a broken leg.
** For dental care, patients will be evaluated at the clinic, and then may be referred to participating local dentists as needed.