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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is Health Kentucky?

Since 1984, Health Kentucky, a statewide non-profit organization, has coordinated access to free health care for more than 300,000 citizens who do not qualify for government programs and cannot afford health insurance. Once a person is approved, he or she remains eligible for one year to visit volunteer doctors, dentists, and obtain free prescriptions donated by pharmaceutical companies and filled by retail and hospital pharmacies. An individual can reapply for another year of eligibility at the end of the first year. 

Q. Who qualifies?

Criteria for eligibility:

  • Kentucky resident
  • Uninsured , and insured when medication is not covered. Medicaid or Medicare or other government coverage may not apply.
  • Family income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines
  • Resource limit of $2,000

Individuals can get additional information about Kentucky Physician’s Care by calling the toll-free hot line at 1-800-633-8100 or apply by visiting the Department for Social Insurance office in the county where they reside.

Q. Why is Health Kentucky needed?

For Kentuckians whose incomes are below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Every child through age 19 whose family has an income below 200 percent of the federal poverty level is covered by the Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance program (KCHIP). Seniors over age 65 are eligible for Medicare. People who are blind, pregnant or disabled are eligible for Medicaid.

But while some whose incomes are below 200 percent of the federal poverty level are  insured, most do not have the financial resources to afford  insurance and are left without any coverage. We also can help those who have insurance but policy does not cover some medications. This the group of people that Health Kentucky seeks to help. 

Q. How do patients sign up for the program?

First, you need to sign up for the program at the Department for Community Based Services office in the county where you reside. Once the Department for Community Based Services office determines you’re eligible for the program, call our hot line at 1-800-633-8100 . After seeing your doctor, and have called the hot line, take that prescription and your copy of the eligibility form to a participating pharmacy and get the prescription filled. It’s that easy! 

Q. How long is someone qualified?

Eligibility is determined on an annual basis. Once a person is determined eligible, he or she has the program available to them for one year from the date he or she was signed up. After the year is up, a person can reapply.

Q. How do patients get medications?

Participating physicians write prescriptions from the list of available medications. You can take the prescription and your eligibility form to one of the 300 participating pharmacies across the state and have the prescription filled for free. To find a participating pharmacy in your area, call the our hot line at 1-800-633-8100. As long as you’re eligible for the program, you can access as many medications as a physician believes is necessary. 

Q. Where does a patient sign-up?

Each county’s Department for Community Based Services office determines eligibility for the Kentucky Physicians Care program. Ask for the Kentucky Physicians Care PA 47 application and someone there will help you complete the application. 


Q. Is Health Kentucky insurance or does it pay for health care services?

Health Kentucky is not an insurance program. We coordinate a statewide network of volunteer dentists and Pharmacies to provide a service to our patients.


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