Health Care Options

Health Care Options

Getting insured helps you pay for any medical services you will need.  This includes physical health, dental health and mental health.  Listed below are some tips on how to find the right health care for you.

Medicaid

Medicaid
Medicaid

If you were in foster care at age 18 or you aged out of foster care, you can enroll in Medicaid and be eligible up to the age of 26. You can also get Medicaid until the age of 21 if you enroll in the Bridge to Independence program.  If you’re not able to get Medicaid you may enroll for health insurance at HealthCare.gov.

Sliding-Fee Scale Provider

Sliding-Fee Scale Provider
Sliding-Fee Scale Provider

If you aren’t going to be using insurance, you will want to find a sliding-fee scale provider. These medical providers will charge you an amount based on how much money you make.  The less money you make, the less money you will pay them.

If you have mental health or substance abuse needs, you can find resources through your local Regional Behavioral Health Authority (also called “the Region”).  Contact your Region to see if you are eligible for this program or if there are additional services you may be eligible for.

You can also find dentists who take clients on a free or reduced rate. Go to DHHS to see a current list.


See below under the Regions for a list of sliding-fee providers.

Region 1

Banner, Box Butte, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Kimball, Morrill, 
Scotts Bluff, Sheridan and Sioux Counties
308-635-3173
www.region1bhs.net
List of providers

 

Region 2

Arthur, Chase, Dawson, Dundy, Frontier, Gosper, Grant, Hayes, Hitchcock, Hooker, Keith, Lincoln, Logan, McPherson, Perkins, Red Willow, and Thomas Counties
308-534-0440
www.r2hs.com
List of providers

 

Region 3

Adams, Blaine, Buffalo, Clay, Custer, Franklin, Furnas, Garfield, Greeley, Hall, Hamilton, Harlan, Howard, Kearney, Loup, Merrick, Nuckolls, Phelps, Valley, Sherman, Webster and Wheeler Counties
308-237-5113 or 1-800-321-4981
www.region3.net
List of providers

 

Region 4

Antelope, Boone, Boyd, Brown, Burt, Cedar, Cherry, Colfax, Cuming, Dakota, Dixon, Holt, Keya Paha, Knox, Madison, Nance, Pierce, Platte, Rock, Stanton, Thurston, and Wayne Counties   
402-370-3100
www.region4bhs.org
List of providers

 

Region 5

Butler, Filmore, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Lancaster, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Polk, Richardson, Saline, Saunders, Seward, Thayer, York Counties
402-441-4343 or 1-877-286-4343
www.region5systems.net  
List of providers

 

Region 6

Cass, Dodge, Douglas, Sarpy and Washington Counties
402-444-6573 or 1-800-311-8717
www.regionsix.com
List of providers

 

Family Planning and Sex Education

Family Planning and Sex Education
Family Planning and Sex Education

You have a right to get birth control. Talk to your caseworker or doctor if you are sexually active or may become sexually active so that you can get more information.  If you need an exam, birth control or STD testing and want to keep it private, you can go to a Title X health clinic.  A list of these clinics can be found here.

Parenting Resources

Parenting Resources
Parenting Resources

Services available for pregnant mothers and new parents.  WIC serves pregnant and postpartum women and children up to age 5.  They provide food vouchers, health screens and lead tests.  Call 1-800-942-1171 or go to Nebraska WIC Program

You may also be able to get help from home visiting nurses.  Home Visiting is a free, voluntary program that supports families. Nebraska Home Visiting is a network across the state; for more information, go to DDHS or call 402-471-1938 to get connected to a program near you. Healthy Families America provides home visiting in Auburn, Lincoln, North Platte, Omaha and Scottsbluff:

  • Omaha: 402-444-7945
  • Lincoln: 402-441-8065 
  • Scottsbluff: 308-633-2866 
  • North Platte: 308-221-6095

​If you are in the Omaha area, you could also call the VNA at 402-342-5566 or go to thevnacares.org

The State of Nebraska also has a Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Helpline that you can call at 1-800-862-1889.  There are many other parenting programs and resources so talk with your caseworker and ask for a list of services.

Well Being

Well Being
Well Being

It may seem obvious but living a healthy life is the best way to stay healthy.  You’ve heard it before: don’t drink, don’t smoke, drink water, eat fruits and vegetables, get enough sleep and avoid stress. It is important that you get some exercise and stay active.  But it can be expensive to live a healthy life so here are some suggestions of ways to be healthy and save money:

  • Find a reduced rate or free gym membership (for example, those under 19 can have a free YMCA membership)
     
  • Use SNAP food stamps at your local Farmer’s Market to get fresh fruit, vegetables, bread and eggs.  You can find a list of local Farmer’s Markets at ourbesttoyou.nebraska.gov.
     
  • Take part in nutrition education (UNL Extension Offices or the Regions often offer free cooking classes)
     
  • Get your home tested if you have concerns:
    • Radon – You may be able to get a free test.  Go to DDHS to find out.
    • Lead – a blood test may be free if you have Medicaid.  If your blood test stays high, your local Health Department may help you with renovations
    • Mold – The Legal Aid Handbook can help you write a letter to your landlord

If you live in Omaha, you may be able to get some help for these problems at OHKA.