Free health services in every community
XiXinXing/Shutterstock If you can’t afford a health plan and don’t qualify for coverage (either through Medicaid or otherwise), you can still get low-cost health care at a nearby community health center. Try the government’s Health Resources and Services Administration’s site. How much you’ll be asked to pay will depend on your income. Health services provided by community health centers include prenatal care, child vaccinations, general primary care, and referrals for specialized care.
Free blood pressure screenings
Andrey_Popov/Shutterstock Based on American Heart Association estimates, nearly half of our country suffers from high blood pressure. Luckily, you can get blood pressure screenings free of charge at many pharmacies around the country—and we’re not talking about those free-standing machines where you do it yourself and hope for the best. You’ll be screened by an actual person who’s qualified to read your blood pressure and explain the results. And here are 31 things you can do right now to keep your blood pressure at healthy levels.