Finding Your Way: Health Care

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Free Health Services
Free Care
Additional Services
Health Insurance
Women's and Children's Health Care
Mental Health

For more information about health issues, see the Health Information Guide.

When someone becomes sick, visiting the doctor can be very expensive. Most hospitals have clinics for treatment of non-emergency problems. The emergency room should be used only for emergencies (life-threatening problems like a heart attack). 

MetroWest Medical Center, Framingham Union Campus
115 Lincoln Street, Framingham, MA 01702
Telephone: 508-383-1000 / Clinic: 508-383-1000 
Interpreter Hot Line: 508-383-1130 (Spanish, Portuguese and Russian)

MetroWest Medical Center, Leonard Morse Campus
67 Union Street, Natick, MA 01760 
Telephone: 508-650-7000 
The medical center has complete care for all types of problems. There are many different clinics for different medical problems. For information and hours of each clinic call 508-383-1000. Appointments should be made directly with the clinic. Clinics include Child Care and Adolescents, Infectious Diseases, Medical, Obstetrics and Gynecology/Family Planning, and Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 

Free Health Services
Free Care
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has made available Free Care for people who do not have medical insurance and cannot pay the high cost of hospital bills. Individuals and families with low incomes can obtain an application from the Patient Accounts Department or the patient financial counselors at the hospital. With the application you will be given the guidelines to determine if you are eligible. Along with your completed application, you must provide financial statements to prove your income. 

Free Care covers only hospital costs. Bills from doctors or for reading laboratory tests and x-rays are not covered by Free Care. You must contact these service providers directly and arrange payment plans. Their addresses and telephone numbers will appear on their bills.

Additional Services
Framingham Board of Health
Memorial Building, 150 Concord St. Room 221
Telephone: 508-620-4827
Lead Screening, TB testing, blood pressure screening, flu shoots. Pediatric clinic at Columbia MetroWest Medical Center; Tuesday by appointment only. Home visits to women and children at risk. Flu clinics, immunization clinics, and follow-up on communicable diseases. Framingham residents only, no charge. Home visits and assessments for mothers and their babies. Call for public-health nurse’s hours.

Framingham Community Health Center
19 Concord Street, Framingham, MA 01702
Telephone: 508-370-0113 
Free care and reduced fees are available to the uninsured, low-income families and individuals with proof of eligibility. Spanish and Portuguese are spoken. 

Framingham Resource Center, SMOC
300 Howard St., Framingham
Telephone: 508-872-0765 / Metro West Helpline 800-724-7662
Helps low- and moderate-income families, individuals, and children obtain state-run health insurance benefits. Undocumented immigrants are eligible for this program.

MetroWest Free Medical Program, Temple Beth El
105 Hudson Road, Sudbury, MA 01776
Telephone: 508-532-0739
Hours: Tuesdays, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm 
Free medical care on a walk-in basis; counseling and dental care also available. Spanish and Portuguese are spoken.

Open Door Free Medical Program
First Methodist Church, 34 Felton St., Hudson
Telephone: 978-562-2932
Hours: Mondays, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Free medical care. Not handicap accessible. Clients advised to arrive early. Spanish/Portuguese.


Health Insurance
All residents of Massachusetts are required to have health insurance; they must report coverage on their income tax forms. People whose employers do not provide an adequate, affordable insurance plan or who are unemployed may be eligible for either the Commonwealth Health Care Insurance Program or MassHealth, described below. 

Commonwealth Health Care Insurance Program
Commonwealth Health Care is an insurance program for uninsured individuals with incomes that fall within certain guidelines and who meet other qualifications. With Commonwealth Care, you choose a health plan and you choose your own doctor. To apply for Commonwealth Care, begin by filling out a Medical Benefits Request (MBR) form. Many community-based organizations, hospitals, and community health centers can help you with the MBR or help you apply by computer with assistance from staff. For more information on this program, call the Commonwealth Connector at 1-877-623-6785 or visit the website,

MassHealth Enrollment Center
Central Processing Unit
P.O. Box 290794, Charlestown, MA 02129-0214
For Medical Benefits Request Form: 1-888-665-9993
For information: 1-800-841-2900 
Many families do not qualify for public assistance (DTA benefits) and cannot afford private health insurance. MassHealth provides health-care benefits to low- and middle-income families living in Massachusetts. The Division of Medical Assistance offers these benefits directly or by paying part or all health insurance premiums.

You may be eligible if: Your family income is low or medium. You have children under age 19. You are under age 19, whether or not you live with your own family You are pregnant, with or without other children. You have been out of work for a long time. You are disabled.

To receive MassHealth you must fill out a form called the Medical Benefit Request and mail with proof of your income (two recent pay stubs, a U.S. tax return, copies of other check stubs) to the MassHealth Enrollment Center. Forms and assistance are available at the DTA/Welfare office ( 

Women’s and Children’s Health Care
Children’s Medical Security Plan
Telephone: 800-531-2229
For children under 18 years old who are ineligible for MassHealth.

Kidscare Connection
14 Vernon St., Framingham, MA 01701
Telephone: 508-626-9197
A program under the direction of the South Middlesex Legal Services. Free program that helps children 18 years and under obtain medical care. Will facilitate scheduling appointments, transportation, and patient advocacy.

WIC (Women, Infants, and Children Program), SMOC
300 Howard St., Framingham, MA
Telephone: 508-620-1445
WIC provides food vouchers, nutritional information and prenatal education. Must be income eligible, show proof of residence, and provide a picture ID. Program available in numerous towns. Spanish/Portuguese.

Women’s Health Network
Toll free number: 1-877-414-4447
Eligible low-income women age 40 to 64 with limited or no health insurance. Under 40 and over 64 if qualified. Free annual pep test, mammogram, and physical exam. Immigration status not considered, social security number not required. Spanish/Portuguese.


Reduced Fee Dental Clinics
Going to the dentist can be very expensive in the U.S. The clinics listed below offer dental services at substantially lower costs. Much of the work is done by dental students and dental hygiene students under the supervision of a dentist. Call directly for more information. 

Framingham Community Health Center
19 Concord Street, Framingham, MA 01702
Telephone: 508-370-0113 
Provides dental care for both insured and uninsured.

Mass Dental Society
2 Willow St., Suite 200, Southborough, MA 01745
Telephone: 800-342-8747
This is a program with “dentistry for all” to help low-income people who have no dental insurance. MassHealth clients are eligible. Dentists charge reduced fees for services and most work is done by dental and hygiene students under supervision of a dentist.

Middlesex Oral Surgery
126 Union St., Marlboro, MA
Telephone: 508-485-3245
Accepts MassHealth (Medicaid)

Quinsigamond Community College
670 West Boylston Street, Worcester, MA 01606
Telephone: 508-853-2300 

Mental Health
Advocates Community Counseling
133 Maple St., Marlboro, MA
Telephone: 508-485-9300
Provides individual, group, and family counseling. In-school intervention, school outreach, advocacy, drug treatment, and court outreach. All ages accepted. Generally low-income families, drug- or court-involved. MassHealth and most major insurance plans are accepted. 

Behavioral Health Services, SMOC
300 Howard St, Framingham, MA
Telephone: 508-879-2250
Provides psychological evaluation, medication, and counseling. MassHealth accepted. 

Birthright of Framingham
198 Union Ave., Framingham, MA
Telephone: 508-620-0657
Free program. Pregnancy testing and counseling for women distressed by pregnancy. 

Jewish Family Services of Metrowest
475 Franklin St., Suite 101, Framingham, MA
Telephone: 508-875-3100
Provides counseling to individuals, couples, and families. Accepts private insurance, Medicaid and sliding scale fees are also available. Non-sectarian. 

MetroWest Free Medical Progam
105 Hudson Rd., Framingham, MA
Telephone: 508-532-0739
Hours: Tuesdays: 6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Program is free. Licensed clinicians are available to screen people seeking counseling and to make referrals to community clinicians. Nominal co-pay of $5.00 to $10.00 for visits with clinicians.

Programs for People
98 Lincoln St., Framingham, MA
Telephone: 508-879-3230
Provides services for adults over 18 years of age with psychiatric needs. MassHealth and private insurance accepted. 

Voices against violence, SMOC
300 Howard St., Framingham, MA
Telephone: 508-593-1125
Provides counseling and advocacy to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. Spanish and Portuguese. 

Wayside Counseling Center
88 Lincoln St., Framingham, MA
Telephone: 508-620-0010
Mental Health Services for children up to the age of 18. Sliding fee scale. MassHealth and other insurance accepted. 

Wayside Youth and Family Support Network
75 Fountain St., Framingham, MA
Telephone: 508-879-9800
Provides services to adolescent and their families. Victim services, including rape crisis centers, programs for children who witness violence, victims of violent crimes, and victims of domestic violence; family bereavement programs.


August 2008



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