Resources

Nurse Direct

Do you have a health-related question, or just need a more detailed explanation of your medical condition? United Health Services provides reliable, free, and confidential medical information through their Nurse Direct External Icon program. The registered nurses at Nurse Direct may also give you information about other health education and community services.

You can speak directly with a registered nurse by calling (607) 763-5555, 7:00 am to 9:00 pm, seven days a week. This local service is provided by UHS for residents of Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Susquehanna and Tioga counties in New York and Pennsylvania.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance

Even patients who are covered by medical insurance may need help with the high cost of prescription drugs. The Partnership for Prescription Assistance External Icon provides excellent information for patients and health care providers and assists in finding appropriate programs offered by the major drug companies. These programs can help to obtain prescription drugs at little or no cost to the patient.

If anyone needs help with Patient Assistant Programs, but does not have internet access, the Partnership for Prescription Assistance can be accessed by telephone. This nation-wide service can be accessed by calling 1-888-4PPA-NOW (1-888-477-2669). This is a toll-free call.

New York State Assistance Programs

The State of New York provides the following types of health benefit programs for low-income individuals who qualify.

  • Medicaid
  • Family Planning Benefits Program
  • Family Health Plus
  • Child Health Plus

Federal Assistance Programs

In the United States, we are fortunate to have the following government health programs which serve our veteran, disabled and retirement-age populations. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) funds the Food Stamp (FS) Program, providing monthly benefits redeemable at authorized retail food stores.

  • Food Stamps
  • Medicare
  • Veterans Benefits

Government Benefits Screening Tool

If you just don't know where to start in your search for assistance, Government Benefits Screening Tool External Icon may help. Citizens can access government benefit eligibility information through a free, confidential, and easy-to-use online screening tool. After answering some basic questions, the user receives a customized report listing the benefit programs for which the user, or person for whom he or she is entering information, may be eligible.