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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.

Agricultural Worker Health Program

If you are an agricultural farm worker, work in crop & animal production, or aquaculture you and your dependent(s) are eligible to enroll!

Available Services:

  • Adult medical services
  • Pediatric medical services
  • Behavioral health services
  • Dental Services

How do I enroll?

· Call (803) 894-3736 ext. 1557 to schedule an appointment.

· Bring your most recent pay stub or a letter from your employer stating that you are working on a farm.

· Fill out a short application form.

· Pay a small co-pay of $10 for medical services or $20 for dental services.

Healthcare for the Homeless Program

Healthcare for the Homeless Program FAQs

What is it?

The Health Care for the Homeless Program is a major source of care for homeless persons in the United States, serving patients that live on the street, in shelters, or in transitional housing. Working within two community facilities (Transitions Homeless Recovery Center and The Cooperative Ministries), we deliver health care and case-management services to homeless persons throughout the Midlands. Recognizing the complex needs of homeless persons, we strive to provide a coordinated, comprehensive approach to health care including substance abuse and mental health services. 

Who is Eligible?

If you live on the street, in a shelter, doubled-up, or without a fixed and regular place to sleep, you may qualify for the Homeless Program.

 What services are covered by the Homeless Program?

All services offered under ECCHC, including but not limited to:

·         Adult primary care services

·         Pediatric primary care services

·         OB/GYN

·         Podiatry

·         Dental

·         X-ray

We also provide:

·         Prescription medication assistance

·         Access to discounted specialty care

·         Linkage to our partner organizations that provide services to the homeless

What services are not covered by the Homeless Program?

·         Hospitalization or ER treatments

·         Prescription assistance for any prescriptions coming from non-ECCHC doctors

·         Pain management

·         Narcotics/controlled substances (we reserve the right to decline to pay for any medications that we deem not medically necessary)


How does someone apply?

For assistance with applying for and enrolling in the Homeless Program please contact the Homeless Program Team at  (803) 730-0742 or email at 

 What documents are needed to apply?

·         For Transitions residents, please have state ID, Social Security card, and Transitions ID, any health insurance cards (Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance), as well as proof of income.

·         If staying at another shelter, bring a letter of residency in addition to these documents. 

·         If staying on the street or doubling up, bring any proof of residency possible.

If I have private health insurance, am I still eligible?

Yes, we will accept whatever insurance you have and work from there.  The Healthcare for the Homeless Program is not insurance, and the primary criteria we consider for eligibility is homelessness.

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, 2017. If you want your health coverage to start January 1, 2016, you must enroll in a plan by December 15, 2017. 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 December 15, 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.


Parents as Teachers



Being a parent is hard work

 In the first few years, children learn more and at a faster pace than at any other time in life. You help shape your child’s future through the kinds of experiences you provide. Your baby was born to learn, and as a parent, you are your child’s first and most important teacher.

Parents as Teachers is here to help you!

Parents as Teachers is a free parent education and family support program serving families from birth until your child turns three years old.

As a Parent as Teachers family, you receive:

  • Personal home visits during which your parent educator will share age-appropriate child development and parenting information, help you learn to observe your child, and address your parenting concerns.
  • Screenings to access your child’s overall developmental and social emotional growth, as well as health, hearing and vision.
  •  “Play & Learn Together” group activities which are opportunities to share information about parenting issues and child development. Parents learn and support each other, observe your child with other children and practice parenting skills.
  •  Resource Network that links your family to other community resources.


 For more information please contact your Parent Educator:

       Symon’e Johnson (Brookland Community Pediatrics) 803.457.5929

                      Karina Vega (Five Points Pediatrics) 803.457.0111

                      Dawn Murria (Sterling Sharpe Pediatrics) 803.457.0038



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. 


Coming Soon