Parkland Insurance: Dallas Health Coverage For The Uninsured
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.
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.
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 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:
- Live in Dallas County
- 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 healthcare services to its patients:
- Access to medical care/primary care doctors
- Wellness exams
- Prenatal care for pregnant women
- 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.
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:
- Complete a renewal application.
- Sign and date the application
- 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.
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 the author of Understanding Healthcare Is Half The Battle and a Senior Counselor with 13+ years of experience working in community health and mental health. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching WWE on Friday nights, and working toward a Google Data Analytics certification. If you have additional questions about community resources or government assistance programs, simply leave a comment below and he will follow up as soon as possible.