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Because my 4-year-old son and I have been without health insurance since I lost my job in January, and neither I nor his mother can afford coverage under COBRA, I’ve spent the better part of today online and on the phone endeavoring to locate a low- or no-cost provider where my son can receive a health screening to satisfy the requirements of his preschool.
After searching the Pinellas County Health Department website, I called the Lealman South Connection Center, where I spoke with a woman who gave me the number of the clinic at Northeast High School. Success. I made an appointment for them to see my boy next week — free of charge.
For those who are in circumstances similar to my own, here are a few options in Pinellas County for health services:
Community Health Centers of Pinellas, Inc. — Services, including health check-ups, are provided for a fee based on household income. The representative from the Pinellas Park location said the cost ranges from $25 minimum to a max of $75. She added that the Pinellas Park center will hold a Back-to-School Fair on Saturday, August 15, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Pinellas County Human Services — Mobile Medical Unit II — Offers free health services to the uninsured, regardless of income. The MMU 2 also has a Back-to-School Health Fair scheduled at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Clearwater on Saturday, August 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
In addition, the Johnnie Ruth Clarke Health Center (1344 22nd Ave. S., St. Petersburg) will host a Back-to-School Care Fair on Saturday, August 8, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Florida KidCare — A low-cost health insurance program for children ages 0-18. Call 1-888-540-KIDS (1-888-540-5437) or the Pinellas County Health Department at (727) 824-6900 for an application.
Finally, here is a list of Pinellas County Health Department offices.