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How to Apply For Dallas Parkland Plus Health Insurance


In this guide, I will show you how to apply for a Dallas Texas health care plan called Parkland Plus. 

There is a great need for patient care in the area because nearly 25% of Dallas County residents are uninsured.  If you are in this population, you may not know how to find a primary care physician to provide medical treatment, but in this guide, I will show you. 

I’m Nick Bryant and I have worked in community health for 11 plus years connecting uninsured clients to community resources like Parkland Health. 

After reading this guide you will know exactly how to become one of the many Parkland patients who receive care through this North Texas healthcare provider. 

Keep reading! 

How to Apply For Dallas Parkland Plus Health Insurance

First, we will start out with a brief summary of what Parkland Plus health insurance is.

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What is Parkland Plus?

Parkland Financial Assistance is a health insurance plan that covers low-income residents in Dallas.  The official name is Parkland Financial Assistance, although locals commonly refer to it as simply Parkland Plus.

Editor’s note: If you are familiar with Houston’s Harris Health System or “Gold Card” Parkland Plus is the Dallas version. It’s essentially a safety net health insurance program that covers individuals who are homeless, unemployed, or don’t qualify for Medicaid.

Parkland Hospital 

If you are wondering, Parkland Plus is affiliated with Parkland Hospital.

It serves as the main hospital of the Parkland Healthcare System and is considered to be the county’s public hospital.

Parkland is located within the Southwestern Medical District of Dallas.

The north Texas hospital has qualified staff members like doctors, nurses, dentists, surgeons, and specialists who offer affordable healthcare to low income residents of Dallas.

The hospital offers a wide variety of outpatient and emergency room services and is home to more than two hundred acute care rooms. It caters to all ages and all walks of life including the uninsured or underinsured individuals.

Those who cannot afford medical coverage can apply for Parkland Plus to receive financial assistance with medical services. 

Who is eligible for Parkland Financial Assistance?

To qualify for Dallas Parkland Plus you must meet the following criteria:

  1. Live in Dallas County
  2. Your income must fall below 250% of the Federal Poverty Income Level.

Editor’s note: If you live in Fort Worth you cannot qualify for the Parkland Financial Assistance Program due to being outside of Dallas County. Fort Worth has a similar type of healthcare organization called the JPS Health Network that treats low income residents in Tarrant County.  

Your Federal Poverty Income level is determined during eligibility, but the figures below will provide you with a general idea of who may qualify.

  • 1 person – $12,490
  • 2 people – $16,910
  • 3 people – $21,330
  • 4 people – $25,750
  • 5 people – $30,170
  • 6 people – $34,590
  • 7 people – $39, 010
  • 8 people – $43,430

Health Care Services That Parkland Plus Insurance Covers

Parkland Financial Assistance offers the following health care services to its patients:

  • Access to medical care/primary care doctors
  • Wellness exams
  • Prenatal care for pregnant women
  • Mammograms
  • Hospitalizations
  • Prostate screening
  • Geriatric care
  • Medicine management 
  • Pharmacy services
  • 24 – hour nurse helpline

As you can see there are a number of medical services offer via Parkland insurance.

3 Ways To Apply For Dallas Parkland Financial Assistance?

No matter which way you choose to apply you will have to complete a Parkland Plus Insurance application.

The application requests information like demographics, family size, household income, assets, and employment verification.  Below is an example of the application.

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In addition to completing the actual application, you must submit documents like your ID, birth certificates of children, mail to verify that you live in Dallas, and proof of income.

Once you complete the Parkland Plus application and gather all the necessary documents you have 3 ways to apply.

1. By Mail 

Mail all your documents to:

Patient Financial Services – 5200 Harry Vine Blvd. Dallas, TX 75235

2. By Email 

Send your documents to PFAapp@phhs.org

3. Visit a Parkland Clinic

You can visit any of the Parkland clinics below Monday through Friday from 8 am to 2 pm to deliver your application and supporting documents.

Parkland Health Clinics

Below you will find a listing of the 9 Parkland Plan clinics in the Dallas area. 

  • Bluitt-Flowers Health Center – 303 E. Overton Rd, Dallas, TX 75211
  • deHaro Saldivar Health Center – 1400 N. Westmoreland Rd, Dallas, TX 75211
  • E. Carlyle Smith Jr. Health Center at Grand Prairie – 801 Conover Drive, Grand Prairie, TX 75051
  • Hatcher Station Health Center – 4600 Scyene Rd, Dallas, TX 75210
  • Irving Health Center – 1800 N.Britain Rd, Irving, TX 75061
  • Garland Health Center – 802 Hopkins, Garland, TX 75040
  • Southeast Dallas Health Center – 9202 Elam Rd, Dallas, TX 75217
  • Vickery Health Center – 8224 Park Lane Suite, 130, Dallas, TX 75231
  • Parkland Business Office – 5201 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75235

Call 214.590.4900 for any questions about these health centers.

 

How Do You Renew Your Parkland Plus Insurance?

You must renew your Parkland Financial Assistance insurance 30 days before your plan expires. If you miss this window you will have 6 months to complete the process or you will have to start a whole new application.

To reapply you must:

  1.  Complete a renewal application.
  2. Sign and date the application
  3. Submit the completed application plus your proof of income for the past 30 days to Parkland Health Plan via mail, email, or clinic.

Parkland COVID 19 Testing In Dallas

Parkland offers COVID 19 testing to its patients who are referred by their doctor. 

To schedule a COVID 19 test in Dallas you can call the Parkland COVID 19 Patient Line at 214.590.8060

There are currently 10 Dallas County COVID 19 testing sites that are operating throughout the pandemic. You can find all 10 locations by visiting the Parkland COVID 19 Testing Information page

Parkland COVID 19 Vaccines 

Parkland is not offering the vaccine to the public at this point, however, they are working with Dallas County Health and Human Services on future plans to distribute the vaccine to the public. 

In the meantime, you can visit the Dallas County Health and Human Services website to register for the COVID 19 vaccination in Dallas

Conclusion

Parkland Plus is a safety net program for the indigent population of Dallas. This includes people who are homeless, unemployed, do not qualify for Medicaid, or recently moved to Dallas.

No matter your income level, Parkland can help you with a whole range of medical services at a cost you can afford.

If you have questions about Dallas Parkland Plus insurance plan be sure to call them at 214.590.4900.

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Nick Bryant is a Counselor with 11 years of experience working in community health. He enjoys concerts, walks with the doggo and wife, mocking Dallas Cowboy fans, and sharing community resources. Jump on the Houston Case Managers email list to receive weekly community resource guides delivered directly to your inbox.

4 thoughts on “How to Apply For Parkland Plus Health Insurance | Dallas Indigent Healthcare

  1. Charlotte Washington Reply

    thank you Nick…
    Can you apply if your income in below the $12,490 for one person.
    I receive Social Security and live with my brother who is receiving SSI and is on Medicare…

    • Nick Bryant Post authorReply

      Hi Charlotte, hope all is well!

      According to Parkland Plus they will approve you for coverage if your household income is under 250% of the Federal Poverty Level. If your brother makes roughly the same and the household income is about $25,000 a year that should come in under the 250% Federal Poverty Level.

      Try this Federal Poverty Level calculator and plug in your household income to see exactly where you are on the income scale.

      Lastly, the best way to determine if you would be covered is to call Parkland directly, that way you can know for sure so you don’t waste any energy if you cannot qualify. Their main number is 214-590-8831.

      I hope that helps, God bless!

      Nick

  2. Maria De La Cruz Reply

    A friend who needs to apply. She lives in Plano, which is outside of Dallas county. She is needinh medical care. Plano does not anything like the Parkland plan. If she applied will she be considered? Does she need to wait to move within Dallas county?

    Thank you

    • Nick Bryant Post authorReply

      Hello Maria, if Plano is Collin County then this is the equivalent of Parkland.

      Collin County Indigent Health Office
      825 N. McDonald Street, Suite 110
      McKinney, Texas 75069
      972-548-4702 (McKinney)
      https://www.collincountytx.gov/healthcare_services/Pages/indigent.aspx

      Another option is the Collin County Adult Clinic which is a federally funded clinic, meaning no insurance is needed to go here:

      http://www.collincountyadultclinic.org/

      Regarding your question about if she can be seen at Parkland, while having an address in a different county, she probably can be seen BUT they may not provide the discounted care that local residents in Dallas County would get from Parkland. Until she moves into Dallas County try contacting the first two options above, I think thats the best course of action for her right now.

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