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What do I do if I have asthma but don't have health insurance?

AAFA's "Ask the Allergist" is a free service provided by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). Our allergist will answer your questions about asthma and allergies. We provide only general advice about managing asthma or allergies, medicines and treatments. "Ask the Allergist" does not answer questions about specific consumer products. This information is not a substitute for medical advice from your physician. Always talk with your doctor before changing your asthma or allergy management plan.

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I lost my job and don't have health insurance. How can I get the asthma treatment that I need?

There are a few options that might work out:

1) Telehealth (phone or virtual) visit. There may be some companies that can provide telehealth visits for a flat rate. KHealth, for example, sets up a text chat with a doctor ($19) who can discuss problems and refill medicines. While I do not find this to be a great solution for your total care, it would be reasonable to get refills. Search your online options.

2) Free clinics or federally qualified health centers (FQHC). They often have a built-in pharmacy (340B pharmacy). An FQHC clinic with a 340B pharmacy will likely have sliding scale exam fees and special prices on medicine. This would be a good option for general care. You can use this link to find a free clinic near you.

3) You can get advice from AAFA's virtual insurance assistant on AAFA's Facebook page

4) Health insurance options

Asthma, Health Care Insurance
Answered by

Douglas T. Johnston D.O. FAAAAI, FACAAI

Reviewed and Answered

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