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EAU Claire Cooperative Health Centers

ECCHC Assistance Programs

We are here to help those in need. Eau Claire Cooperative Health Center (ECCHC) assistance programs are available for patients who need assistance obtaining medical services for various reasons. Learn more about each of the assistance programs we offer, and contact us to get started.

ECCHC Good Samaritan Plan

Eau Claire Cooperative Center (ECCHC) offers financial assistance to qualified patients and their household members for visits to any of its locations. The Good Samaritan Plan (GSP) is a sliding fee scale payment plan to assist the uninsured. Clinical fees are based solely upon family size and income. No one is turned away because of their financial status.

Based on your current income, ECCHC also provides discounted assistance for prescriptions and labs.

To learn more about The Good Samaritan Program or to find out if the GSP plan is right for you, come to one of our locations and fill out an application or call (803) 733-5969, extension 4120 or 4129.

Outreach Program

Affordable Care Act (ACA) Outreach and Enrollment Assistance

Eau Claire Cooperative Health Center (ECCHC) has been designated as a Certified Application Counselor (CHC) Organization, which means we can help you understand the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”, also known as Obamacare) and assist you in applying for affordable health coverage.

What is the Marketplace?

The Marketplace is an online tool, established under the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), where consumers can apply for, compare, and enroll in private health insurance plans. While consumers can still purchase insurance plans outside of The Marketplace, The Marketplace is the only program where consumers can see if they qualify for tax credits (to help pay monthly premiums) or cost-sharing reductions (to lower out-of-pocket costs, such as co-pays and deductibles).

What happens if I don’t have health coverage?

If you can afford health insurance but choose not to enroll, you must pay a fee or have a health coverage exemption. (The fee is sometimes called the "penalty," "fine," "individual responsibility payment," or "individual mandate.")

You’ll pay the higher of these two amounts:

•    2.5% of your yearly household income (Only the amount of income above the tax filing threshold, about $10,150 for an individual in 2014, is used to calculate the penalty.) The maximum penalty is the national average premium for a Bronze plan.

•    $695 per person ($347.50 per child under 18) - The maximum penalty per family using this method is $2,085.

When can I apply for coverage?

You can take action as soon as November 1, 2016. If you want your health coverage to start January 1, 2016, you must enroll in a plan by December 15, 2015. Enrolling by this date will ensure you don’t have a break in coverage. You can change your plan selection any time during Open Enrollment, which ends January 31, 2017.

How will I know if I’m eligible?

If you need assistance with the application process, you can contact our Certified Application Counselors for more information at 803.754.0887.

What can I do to be prepared to apply?

To learn more before you fill out an insurance application, use the following links:

•    Get a quick overview of the Health Insurance Marketplace with these 5 health insurance tips to help you apply.

•    See if you’ll save on health insurance coverage.
•    Learn how to estimate your income before you fill out an application.
•    Use this simple checklist (PDF) to gather the documents you’ll need.
•    Sign up for email and text message reminders to get important health coverage information.
•    Contact the Health Insurance Marketplace Call Center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to get your questions answered.
•    Visit our Find Local Help page and search by city and state or ZIP code to get personalized help in your community.
•    Browse our glossary to find definitions of basic insurance terms, like deductible, co-payment, and out-of-pocket maximum.


Ryan White Programs

Confidential Health Care for People Living with HIV/AIDS

Early Intervention Services

Eau Claire Cooperative Health Center's (ECCHC) Ryan White Part C EIS Program  focuses on early intervention services for men and women. You will receive comprehensive, compassionate, and confidential health care services to help treat and manage HIV/AIDS.

You will work with your health care team to learn how to set and achieve health care goals. You will also receive comprehensive HIV/AIDS health care, which includes:

  • HIV treatment
  • Medication assistance
  • Education about HIV management
  • Case management
  • HIV testing for you or your partner

In addition to HIV care, you will receive:

  • Primary health care services
  • Dental care services
  • Behavioral health care services
  • Education about nutrition and wellness
  • Referrals to specialty care

You will also be confidentially connected to various social and community organizations that can help you, such as support groups and substance abuse treatment.

Who is eligible?

Anyone who is HIV positive or thinks they may be and would like to be tested.

How much does it cost?

Services are provided on a sliding fee scale. We accept patients who are both uninsured and insured.

What if I don’t live near the clinic?

Call us at (803) 799-8407 ext. 1932 and we can coordinate health care services for you at any of our affiliated sites.

How confidential is my care?

We keep all of your medical information so confidential that not even the people in the waiting room will know why you are at the clinic.

How do I register?

Call (803) 799-8407 ext. 1932 for an appointment within 24 hours. Open-access appointments are available for established patients.


Services for Women, Infants, Children, and Youth- Coming Soon

Eau Claire Cooperative Health Center will soon expand services to provide outpatient, family-centered primary and specialty medical care and support services for women, infants, children and youth living with HIV. 

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