Facing medical bills or need low-cost assistance for your health and well-being? This page provides resources.
But first, let us offer some advice:
Do your best to avoid bills as much as possible. See How to Avoid or Minimize Medical Bills.
Don't ignore medical bills. Ask who can help. Ask what can be done. The article Tips for Hard Times explains why and how.
Need help navigating resources? Contact the UHS Managed Care and Student Insurance Office, where staff can guide you through your options.
On this page:
- Low-cost health care
- Health insurance / coverage
- Prescription assistance
- Health charities
- Financial assistance
- Dental clinics
- Legal advice, conflict resolution and guidance
- Food, shelter and other assistance
- Resources for students with chronic illness
- Resources for pregnancy options (links to ArborWeb)
- Resources for alcohol and other drugs
- Resources for stress and mental health
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 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 low-cost health clinics:
- Packard Health: 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, 734-481-0111
- For a list of other low-cost health clinics, see ArborWeb
U-M offers health insurance plans, in case you are ill or injured, if you need to withdraw from school for medical or psychological reasons, and in case you experience a health problem while traveling. For options, see Health Insurance Plans for Students.
For public assistance, see:
- Michigan Assistance and Referral Service: An interactive online system that helps identify what assistance programs that you and your household may qualify to receive.
- 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.
- Washtenaw County Prescription Plan - A discount prescription drug program for County residents of all ages who have limited, exhausted, or no prescription drug coverage, without income or age restrictions.
- 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.
- Community Health Charities of Michigan - Lists health charities, e.g. American Diabetes Association, American Arthritis Foundation
- Lions Club - Assists people with sight-related issues. Phone 734-780-2135.
- Student Emergency Funds - From the Office of the Provost, this list is for U-M students, including:
- Michigan Crime Victim Compensation - Assists victims of crimes with medical bills
- U-M Center for the Education of Women - Awards small grants to students who face serious, unexpected, emergency financial problems
- U-M Health System Billing and Financial Assistance - Develops payment plans for those who have medical bills at the U-M Health System
- U-M International Center Health Insurance Office - Provides guidance for international students in arranging payment plans with health care providers
- U-M Office of Academic Multicultural Initiatives - Offers grants for U-M students from the Student Academic Multicultural Fund
- U-M Office of Financial Aid - Provides financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships and loans
- U-M Emergency Hardship Program - For U-M faculty and staff. Confidential counseling to determine the need and to recommend university or community resources. Accepts applications for one-time (non-chronic) emergency financial assistance up to a maximum of $800 based on eligibility criteria. Funding is provided entirely by donations.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
- See listing of local resources on Arborweb .
- 2-1-1 is a telephone number 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: