Covered by Medicaid? Let AFC Urgent Care Southlake provide the care you need.
Medicaid patients don’t always have the best experience when it comes to finding convenient and accessible healthcare providers. However, patients that are enrolled in Medicaid plans have at least one Southlake-based walk-in clinic that accepts Medicaid. In fact, AFC Urgent Care Southlake accepts Medicaid as a form of payment for a variety of healthcare services.
But are you not sure if your current healthcare plan is sponsored through Medicaid? Do you have questions about how urgent care can help you secure a variety of medical needs at an affordable rate? At AFC Urgent Care Southlake, we’ll break down what all patients should understand about Medicaid-sponsored insurance plans, and how we can help any family locate an urgent care center that accepts Medicaid near them.
What is Medicaid? How do I know if I’m covered by Medicaid?
Medicaid is one of the U.S government’s public health insurance programs designed to provide anyone who meets certain income requirements with a full year of insurance. Sometimes, Medicaid is confused with Medicare, where Medicare is the similar insurance program that provides insurance to individuals over the age of 65.
Nationally, over 51 million individuals are enrolled in Medicaid health insurance according to enrollment data.
In Texas, there are two types of Medicaid programs people can enroll in. The first is STAR, which is the state-provided Medicaid program for families and individuals. The second are private Medicaid plans, or “managed care plans,” administered through private companies including BlueCross BlueShield and other major insurance carriers.
A majority of healthcare providers are required to accept Medicaid coverage by law for basic healthcare services. However, some providers may not accept Medicaid for depending upon the type of service they need. In this instance, patients on Medicaid may want to make sure they have a convenient urgent care center available for their immediate medical needs.
Which health benefits does Medicaid provide me?
Medicaid benefits for all patients include access to healthcare providers, preventive care and wellness services, laboratory services, maternity services, hospitalization, and many more helpful benefits. Because of current federal health law, Texas residents on Medicaid plans are entitled to essential health benefits for providers that have applied and are authorized to provide care for Medicaid patients.
Since AFC Urgent Care Southlake is approved as a Medicaid-accepted provider, patients can then receive a majority of our services for nominal copays. Depending upon your specific Medicaid plan, you could have even more benefits to take advantage of.
Before scheduling an urgent care visit, please contact our AFC urgent care location to determine if there are any benefits you qualify for outside of essential care services. As a reminder, urgent care is not a substitute for an ER whenever you experience a life threatening emergency.
How does urgent care help Medicaid patients get the care they need?
Most urgent care centers and similar walk-in clinics allow patients to get the care they need through a wide variety of healthcare services. The types of medical services offered to patients at local urgent care centers includes:
- STD Testing
- Lab Testing
- Injury Treatment
- DOT Physicals
- Sore Throat and Sinus Relief
- Flu Shots
- Travel Vaccines
- Urinary Tract Infection
- Ear Aches
For Medicaid patients, walk-in clinics and urgent care centers also provide a cost-effective resource for medical care. Compared to emergency rooms and hospitals, a greater proportion of urgent care centers accept Medicaid as a form of payment for frequently and offer affordable self-pay rates as needed.