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Facing medical bills or need low-cost assistance for your health and well-being? This page provides resources.

First, let us offer some advice: Do your best to avoid bills as much as possible. See How to Avoid or Minimize Medical Bills.

On this page:

Central places for U-M student support:

The Dean of Students Office (DOS) is a central place for students, parents, faculty and staff to seek assistance in navigating the complex issues of campus life; receive support; evaluate individual needs and review options for problem solving; and learn about available resources for a student struggling with a challenge or unmet need. Call 734-764-7420 or email DeanofStudents@umich.edu

You can also contact the UHS Managed Care and Student Insurance Office, where staff can guide you through your options.

Low-cost health care:

U-M students, UHS is your campus health resource. For currently enrolled U-M students, most services are covered by the health service fee, paid with tuition. For what's covered and what's not, see Fee or Free for Students. To discuss costs or a bill from UHS, contact the Business Office at 734-764-7380.

Are you between terms or did you just graduate? Consider purchasing the UHS Prepaid Plan for access to UHS services.

Other local low-cost health clinics:

  • Packard Health  - two locations:
    3174 Packard Road, Ann Arbor, Phone 734-971-1073
    501 N. Maple Road, Ann Arbor, Phone 734-926-4900

  • Hope Medical Clinic, 518 Harriet St, Ypsilanti, 734-484-2989
  • The Corner Health Center, serving ages 12-25, at 47 N. Huron Street, Ypsilanti, 734-734-484-3600
  • For a list of other low-cost health clinics, see ArborWeb

Health insurance / coverage:

U-M offers health insurance plans for purchase:

For public assistance, see:

  • Michigan Helping Hand: Helps Michigan residents facing economic hardship find the services they need
  • Michigan Health Care Programs Eligibility:  Provides a description of programs as well as who is eligible.
  • Michigan Department of Human Services,  Washtenaw County office, 22 Center St, Ypsilanti, MI, 48198, phone 734-481-2000. Determines eligibility for government-funded medlcal programs, as follows:
    • MIChild:  Coverage for children age 18 & under from families with income above Medicaid limits. Monthly premium of $5/family covers immunizations, dental care, prenatal care and delivery, vision and hearing care, and mental health care. Call 888-988-6300 toll-free.
    • Medicaid:  Insures certain Michigan residents below the federal poverty level: blind or otherwise disabled people, those age 65 & over, pregnant women, and—through the Healthy Kids program (888-988-6300)—children age 18 and under.
    • Washtenaw Health Plan  (Washtenaw County Public Health Department): Uninsured county residents who meet income requirements can get health coverage for primary care from local doctors, clinics, and other services, including specialty care, hospitalization, and prescription drugs. Note: Students are NOT eligible for this plan.

Prescription assistance:

  • Partnership for Prescription Assistance - Helps patients in need find ways to access prescription medicines for little or no cost through patient assistance programs. Phone 888-4ppa-now
  • U-M UHS Pharmacy - May assist in obtaining medications. Phone 734-764-7387.
  • Michigan Drug Prices.com - Helps you compare prices among pharmacies. Provided by the Michigan Department of Community Health. Also links to drug discount programs.

Health charities:

Financial assistance:

Dental clinics:

Legal advice, conflict resolution and guidance:

  • U-M Student Legal Services - Provides free legal advice to students regarding collections and other matters
  • U-M Ombuds Office - Offers informal dispute resolution services, provides resources and referrals, and helps students consider options available to them
  • U-M Dean of Students Office - Email deanofstudents@umich.edu  or call 734-764-7420. Provides assistance with personal (i.e. non-academic) matters such as illness, injury, family or emotional issues, etc. The office can also help coordinate notification of student emergencies to the proper academic programs, etc.
  • U-M Office of Student Conflict Resolution - Provides programs and services designed to support a safe, just and peaceful community, and to help U-M students learn how to manage and resolve conflict peacefully. OSCR offers a full-spectrum menu of conflict resolution pathways.
  • Dispute Resolution Center - Offers free mediation services

Food, shelter and other assistance:

  • See listing of local resources on Arborweb .
  • 2-1-1 is a telephone number and website for information about health and human services in Washtenaw County, Michigan. However, this service may not include many of the U-M resources for students
  • Food Gatherers lists resources for food, including food pantries such as the Back Door Food Pantry