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Alzheimer’s Association
2400 Bluff Creek Drive Columbia, MO 65201
(800)272-3900 or (573)443-8665   Fax: (573) 499-9701
Hours: 8:00 am-5:00 pm. (M-F) and 24/7 toll free helpline

Services: Care Consultation, Information and referral, 24/7 helpline; Medic Alert + Safe Return;
Support Groups; Professional Education; Caregiver Respite; Advocacy
Eligibility: None
Fees: Services free, materials in bulk are at cost

American Cancer Society
2409 Hyde Park Rd., Jefferson City, MO 65109
573-635-4821  800-635-9194  Fax: 573-635-7821 National: 800-ACS-2345
Hours: 8:30 am-5:00 pm (M-F)

Services: Provides high quality, timely, understandable information to newly diagnosed patients and caregivers; supports and advocates for cancer research; improves the quality of life of cancer patients, caregivers, and survivors through service referral, community mobilization, collaboration, advocacy, and direct services such as nutritional supplements, wigs, and support groups.
Eligibility: Anyone with cancer or their family members
Fees: Free

American Diabetes Association
1944A E. Sunshine, Springfield, MO 695804
(573)443-8611 or press 0 for operator   Fax: (573)875-2152
Hours: 8:30 am-5:00 pm Monday through Friday
Services: Provides information for professional and patient education; assists with locating support groups; provides public information concerning diabetes research.
Eligibility: No Restrictions
Fees: Many free materials, bulk literature available at nominal cost

American Heart Association, Midwest Affiliate
104 Corporate Lake Drive, Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 446-3000   Fax: (573) 445-6243
Hours: 8:30 am-5:00 pm Monday through Friday

Services: Speakers’ bureau; heart information services; stroke education, support groups, and visitation programs; health education programs for schools; CPR training; literature; posters
Eligibility: None
Fees: Single copies of literature free of charge; fees for CPR, bulk literature, and educational kits

American Red Cross Mid-Missouri Blood Center
1511 South Providence Columbia Mo, 65203
(573) 449-2656    Fax: (573) 443-3831
Hours: Office and donation hours vary- call for information

Services: Collect, process, test, and distribute blood products to area hospital
Eligibility: 17 and older, must meet health criteria to donate, blood products distributed through
certified medical facilities
Fees: No fee for blood donors, processing fee for blood products for certified medical facilities.

American Red Cross Mid-Missouri Chapter(CPR Training, Health & Safety Training)
1805 West Worley Columbia, Mo 65203
Phone: (573)449-2656   Fax: (573) 446-4247
Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, 24 hour emergency service

Services: Disaster relief; disaster preparedness; health and safety training (First Aid, CPR, AED, etc) services to armed forces and their families; water safety training.
Eligibility: Disaster relief services are provided for verified disaster victims
Fees: Disaster relief services are free. Health and safety courses have minimal fees

The Bluffs
3105 Bluff Creek, Columbia, MO 65201
(573)442-6060   Fax: (573)874-8060
Hours: 7:30am-5:30 pm Monday through Friday, facilities operate 24 hours daily

Services: 24 hour skilled nursing care; physical occupational, speech, and rehabilitative therapies; entertainment and activities; physician; hospice; respite, short term care; Alzheimer’s unit; other services as needed
Eligibility: Must need nursing care
Fees: Yes, accepts Medicaid and Medicare

Boone County University of Missouri Extension (Health and Nutrition Information)
1012 N. Highway UU Columbia, MO 65203
(573)445-9792   Fax: (573) 445-9807
Hours: 8-4:30 pm Monday through Friday closed noon-12:30 for lunch

Services: Provides practical, research-based information and learning opportunities (newsletters, workshops, guide sheets, classes, resources, events) on youth development, 4-H Clubs, health nutrition, aging, community development, leadership, agriculture (farming, gardening, soil
testing, pesticide, licensing) and Master Gardener Club
Eligibility: Open to all
Fees: Nominal charges for some programs; many available at no charge

Boone Hospital Center
1600 East Broadway Columbia, MO 65201
573-815-8000  Fax 573-815-2638
Hours: Open 24 hours daily

Services: Full service hospital; medical, surgical and outpatient services; social work for inpatient and outpatient needs; rehab services; maternal/child health services and wellness services; 24 hour emergency room; psychiatric services; physician referral
Eligibility: None
Fees: Yes varies with service or treatment   

Boone Hospital Home Care
601 Business Loop 70 W. Ste 260
(573)875-0555   Fax: (573) 875-0606

Hours: Office: 8-5 pm Monday through Friday; services and staff available 24 hours daily
Services: Intermittent home care; hospice; home medical equipment; oxygen therapy; respiratory services; infusion therapy
Eligibility: Medicare/ Medicaid guidelines
Fees: Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, self pay

Camp Hickory Hill
P.O. Box 1942, Columbia, MO 65205

Founded: 1976  Program expenses are 100 percent of total expenses.
Who’s in charge: Frank La Mantia, development director
How it serves: The camp’s mission is to teach children ages 7 to 13 who have juvenile diabetes how to manage and control their disease with help from their families and health providers. The camp is also a place where the campers find peer support.

Central Missouri Autism Project (Easter Seals Midwest)
918 Bernadette Dr.,Columbia, MO 
(573)874-3777    Fax: (573) 874-3880
Hours: 8-5 pm Monday through Friday, on call for crisis 24 hrs

Services: Assessment (do not diagnose); in home family support; parent training; music groups; family support group; crisis intervention; school consultation; IEP support; public education
Eligibility: Referred from Central Missouri, Rolla, Kirksville, and Hannibal Regional Centers
Fees: Medicaid, free

Central Missouri Kidney Association
P.O Box 1915 Columbia, MO 65205
Phone: (573)445-1927  Fax: (573)449-7653
Hours: 8-5 pm Monday through Friday

Services: Financial assistance to kidney failure patients for medical needs; also items such as medication boxes, medic-alert jewelry, medications, blood pressure kits, glucose meters, etc.
Eligibility: Resident of MO must have end-stage renal disease, some pre-dialysis clientsIntake Procedures: Referral from social workers or physicians
Geographic Area Served: Missouri areas outside St. Louis and Kansas City
Fees: Free of charge

Central Missouri Regional Arthritis Center
1205 University Avenue, Suite 1100, Columbia, MO 65211
573-884-1220    888-702-8818

Services: Arthritis education; referrals; exercise and self-management classes; leadership training
Eligibility: No eligibility requirements
Fees: None for most services; small fee for classes

Columbia/Boone County Dept. of Public Health and Human Services
1005 W. Worley Columbia, MO 65203 
573-874-7355  Fax: 573-874-7756
Emergency/Disease Reporting (24/7)  800-392-0272
Hours: 8-5 pm Monday through Friday

Birth and Death Certificates (573) 874-7781
Environmental Health (573) 874-7346; restaurant and pool inspections, food handler training, public nuisances
Community Health Services (573) 874-7249 HIV/STD testing and counseling, sexually transmitted disease clinic, pregnancy testing, family planning and women's health services, immunizations, blood pressure and diabetes screening
Social Services (573) 817-6430: medication assistance, utility assistance for families with children, and elderly and disabled, pregnancy counseling and support, home visitation
WIC (573) 874-7384: supplemental food and nutrition for women, infants and children under 5 years who meet eligibility.
Human Services: (573) 874-7488 Administers City of Columbia social services funding for the purchase of social services in Columbia
Animal Control (573) 449-1888
Eligibility: Specific age, residence and income criteria for some services
Appointment required for some services
Fees: Fees applied to most services, some services not denied if unable to pay.

Columbia Healthcare Center
1801 Towne Dr, Columbia, MO 65202
(573)474-6111   Fax: (573)474-0425
Hours: Office: 8-5pm Monday through Friday; Care Staff: phone anytime

Services: Skilled nursing care; physical, occupational, and speech therapy; Alzheimer’s unit; managed care; hospice; respite care
Eligibility: Need for nursing or rehabilitation services which cannot be met at home
Fees: Private pay, Medicare, and Medicaid

Columbia Mennonite Guest Home
4409 E. St. Charles Rd., Columbia, MO 65201
573-355-1985 or 573-814-2554

A home away from home for outpatients seeking medical treatment at Columbia area hospitals and for family members of hospital patientsThis home is operated by the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, to provide a restful place for those away from home due to medical needs. It is staffed by volunteers and funded by donations. All are welcome.

Dream Factory, Central Missouri Chapter
705 E. Rockcreek Drive, Columbia, MO 65203
(573)817-2768  Fax: (573)442-3933
Hours: As needed

Services: Helps fulfill the dreams of critically or chronically ill youth ages 3-18
Fee: None
Eligibility: Children with serious disease or injury that shortens or affects their quality of life

Family Dental Center
1101 N. Providence Rd, Columbia, MO 65203
(573)777-8997 or (573)214-2314    Fax: (573)442-5208
Hours: 8:00-5:00 (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday; 10:00-7:00 Thursday)

Services: Preventative dental care, dental education, prophylaxis, fluoride treatments, sealants, X-rays, dental filings, root canals, treatment for gum diseases, oral surgery, crowns and bridges, partials and dentures, and emergency services as needed
Fee: Sliding scale for uninsured persons; accept Medicaid, MC+ and some private insurance
Eligibility: Open to anyone experiencing difficulty access dental care, including low-income families, uninsured, and undocumented.

Family Health Center
1001 West Worley, Columbia, MO 65203
(573)214-2314    Fax: (573)814-2835

Services: Primary healthcare for infants, children, adults, and seniors: health maintenance and preventive care, chronic disease management, family planning, mental health services, medication assistance, healthcare and social service referrals, dental care, language translation
Fee: Sliding scale based on documented household income, Medicaid, MC+, Medicare, some
commercial insurance,, MO Dept. of Health Show Me Healthy Missourians grant
Eligibility: Anyone experiencing difficulties accessing healthcare, including low-income
families, the uninsured, under-insured, and undocumented.

Harry S. Truman Memorial Veteran's Hospital 
800 Hospital Dr., Columbia, MO 65201

Truman VA in Columbia, Missouri, serves 43 counties in Missouri as well as Pike County, Illinois, and is one of seven medical center facilities in the VA Heartland Network, a Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN). Truman VA provides a full continuum of care in both inpatient and outpatient settings and is committed to excellent patient care, education and research. The facility offers comprehensive care including primary care, medical and surgical specialties, behavioral health, physical and occupational therapy and pharmacy services. 

Hearing Aid Distribution Program - State of Missouri
573-526-5205 or toll free 855-783-3177

The Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH) has a new Hearing Aid Distribution Program for low-income Missourians. Interested applicants may direct questions to Kristin Funk, Hearing Healthcare Program Manager, at or (573) 526-5205 / Toll Free 855-783-3177.

Hearing Aid Helpline (International)

MedZou Community Health Clinic
Family Impact Center
105 E. Ash St., 2nd floor, Columbia, MO 65203
Scheduling  573-356-2499   Fax: 573-884-2988

Hours: 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Thursdays
This student-operated medical clinic focuses on providing high quality patient care to uninsured residents of Central Missouri, while also advocating on behalf of our patients regarding access to medical care and other basic needs.
Thank you for your interest in scheduling an appointment with MedZou. In order to ensure that you receive the best possible medical care, we screen all new patients through the Family Health Center (FHC). Please call the FHC at 573-214-2314 or 877-677-4342 and ask for Anna Hoskins or another social worker and tell them that you need to be screened for MedZou. The FHC will then provide MedZou with the contact information for all screened patients, so that we can contact you to schedule your visit. Please remember to bring the following to your appointment: Photo ID (if available), List of all your current medications. 
To schedule an appointment, please call 573-356-2499. Please remember to bring the following to your appointment:
List of all your current medications
Income information (see below)
We ask MedZou patients to bring income information to their appointments. We know that this is a sensitive topic for patients, so it is your decision if you would like to bring your financial information. Your income information will not affect your medical care at MedZou. However, it can help you obtain expensive medications for free through the Patient Assistance Programs (PAP) offered by drug companies. Some forms of income information accepted by drug companies are listed below, with the best forms listed first. Last year’s federal tax returns (Form 1040). If you filed taxes last year but don’t have a copy of your form, we can help you obtain a copy. Last month’s wage statements. Proof of unemployment. Proof of food stamps
The MedZou primary care clinic is open every Thursday evening from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Appointments are required and walk-ins are not accepted.  Call the MedZou scheduling number for an appointment. 
MedZou provides free primary care for uninsured patients in the central Missouri at the weekly regular clinic. 

Mid-MO Insurance Counseling Services
4215 Phillips Farm Rd., Ste. 101-A, Columbia, MO 65201
800-735-6776, ext. 520

The ICS team of certified counselors works with mid-Missourians to help remove the barriers to accessing health insurance and health care. We are here to provide resources and tools to help you better understand all of your options. Our counselors complete training provided through the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) and are Certified Application Counselors, licensed by the State of Missouri.  We provide one-on-one, unbiased assistance that is personalized to you and your family’s unique situation. We are neither insurance brokers nor agents and will never try to sell you anything. Our services are free.

Missouri Care - A Wellcare Company  
4205 Philips Farm Rd, Ste 100, Columbia, MO 65201  
573-441-2100 or 1-800-322-6027 FAX 573-441-2199   TDD 1-800-735-2966 

Services: Provider of MO HealthNet Managed Care health care coverage for low-income families and children without access to affordable health insurance; necessary primary, acute and preventive medical care; transportation to medical and dental appointments for some eligible groups; the only MO Health Net Managed Care plan that includes University of Missouri health services 
Fee: Based on income – no cost, co-pay, and/or monthly premiums maybe requirement 
Eligibility: MO HealthNet Managed Care eligible, (State-wide coverage) 115 counties, must have been uninsured for 6 months prior to application and have no access to affordable insurance 
Intake Procedures: 
Enrollment Helpline at 1-800-348-6627
Geographic Area Served: 115 Missouri counties 
Foreign Languages Spoken: Interpretive services available for all languages

Missouri CLAIM
4215 Phillips Farm Rd., Ste. 101-A, Columbia, MO 65201

CLAIM stands for “Community Leaders Assisting the Insured of Missouri.” We have been Missouri’s official State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) since 1993. All of our services are free, unbiased, and confidential. We are not an insurance agency. We do not sell anything, and CLAIM counselors do not ask for or accept money.
CLAIM has more than 300 volunteer counselors throughout Missouri providing local Medicare counseling in their communities. Volunteers receive extensive training to become certified Medicare counselors, and continue to receive updates and continuing education on a regular basis.
Calling 1-800-390-3330: Our friendly Contact Center staff will take your name and basic information. Then they will relay that information to one of our local community partners. Within days, a volunteer counselor calls back to set up an appointment or to discuss your Medicare issue by phone. The helpline is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays.
Filling out our online contact form: Leave your information using this form 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week. This will send an e-mail directly to CLAIM, which will work just like a phone call, only there’s no chance you will have to wait on hold.

MU Family Impact Center
105 E. Ash, Ste. 200, Columbia, MO 65203

Hours: 9 - 5, M - F. Exercise: Stay Strong Stay Healthy Program designed to teach older adult safe structured and effective strength training.  Nutrition:  Eating From the Garden provides research based information through nutrition and gardening activities, Kids in the Kitchen encourages young people to eat healthier meals and snacks as a result of hands on cooking experiences. Live It! activity based program that motivates and teaches teens to make nutrient-rich food choices. Eating Smart, Being Active nutritional curriculum for adults. Health:  MU Social Services clinic provides integrative behavioral mental health care for persons who are uninsured or those waiting for their coverage to begin. MedZou provides primary care for the uninsured, or those waiting for their coverage to begin. Financial Literacy:  Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) provides free tax assistance to low income, disabled, homebound, and English as a second language tax payers.  Relationships:  Building Strong Families helps families find their strengths, build on those strengths and increase communication. Housing: Healthy Homes teaches how pollutants get into your home and how it effects your health, as well as inexpensive solutions and steps toward reducing you and your family's risk to exposure of pollutants. 

MU Healthcare - University Hospital
1 Hospital Drive, Columbia, MO 65212
873-882-4141   Fax: 573-882-7000
Open 24 hours 

Services: Hospital: inpatient and outpatient care; University Physicians: specialties and clinics;
Emergency Services: trauma Center, poison control; Social Work services available.
Eligibility: Medicare/ Medicaid guidelines
Fees: Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, self pay

MU Women's and Children's Hospital
404 N. Keene St., Columbia, MO 65201
(573) 875-9000
Open 24 hours

University of Missouri Women's and Children's Hospital is Missouri's only hospital offering the most comprehensive care for women and the only hospital facility dedicated completely to children.  As the new home of Children's Hospital, Women's and Children's Hospital offers more than 30 pediatric specialties to take the best care of our Missouri kids.
Eligibility: Medicare/ Medicaid guidelines
Fees: Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, self pay

Missouri Care Healthcare Plan
2404 Forum Blvd, Columbia MO 65203

Services: The Missouri Care Member Services Department is available to help you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Member Services can answer your questions about benefits, help with finding or choosing a provider, and solve problems in getting health care services. Please call Member Services at 800-322-6027.
Fee: Varies

Missouri Healthnet (Formerly Healthcare USA)
615 Howerton Ct.,  Jefferson City, MO 65109
Hours: 8:00-5:00 Monday-Friday

Services: Health Insurance; MO Health Net managed care health plan
Fee: Sliding scale
Eligibility: Income guidelines set by Missouri Department of Social Services, MO Health Net Division

Missouri State Dept. of Health and Senior Services 
P.O. Box 570, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0570
873-751-6246  or  800-451-0669  Fax: (573) 751-6237
Hours: 8:00-5:00 (M-F)

Services: Provides in-home support for persons over 60 years of age, or physically or mentally disabled adults; immediate assistance for eligible persons who are victims of abuse, neglect, or exploitation; respite care assistance; adult day care; homemaker care; limited nurse visits; personal care services; information and referral
Bureau of Special Health Needs
Services: Special Healthcare Needs: early identification and health services from birth-age 21, Adult Head Injury Services; coordinates services for adults who have sustained traumatic brain injury; Healthy Children and Youth; provides screening, diagnosis, and treatment under Medicaid for those under age 21
Fee: None for those who qualify under financial needs guideline
Eligibility: Specific to individual programs, most have medical or financial eligibility

Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, Inc.
711 North Providence
(573) 443-0427    Fax: (573) 443-5671
Hours: Clinic: 9:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m. (M), 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. (Tues.,W, F), 2:00 p.m. to 9:00
p.m. (Thursday) 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. (Sat)

Services: Family planning services; birth control services; patient education; sexually transmitted infections screening and treatment; reproductive health care; age-appropriate sexuality education; cancer screening; routine physical assessment; prenatal referrals; abortion; community education; pregnancy testing; emergency contraception; Gardasil (cervical cancer) vaccination
Fee: Sliding Scale
Eligibility: Men, Women and Teens

Rainbow House
1611 Towne Dr. Columbia, MO 65202
573- 474-6600 Fax: (573) 474-5992
Hours: Office: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (M-F); Facility: 24 hours daily

Services: Emergency shelter for abused/neglected children; care for children of families in crisis by private agreement; respite care for children in foster homes; Regional Child Advocacy Center provides site for team interviews of victims of child maltreatment, child SAFE exams and advocate services for victims; Sol House transitional living program for ages 16-21; outpatient counseling for individuals and families affected by child abuse; group counseling; child abuse resource library
Fee: None for shelter care, sliding fee or no charge for counseling, Medicaid accepted
Eligibility: Shelter serves children (ages 0-18) and families in crisis (self-referral or Children’s
Division referral); Child Advocacy Center is available to law enforcement, DFS, juvenile office,
and prosecuting attorney; counseling is open to any individual or family affected by child abuse.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri
3501 Lansing Ave., Columbia, MO 65201
573-443-7666   Fax: 573-499-0131
Hours: 9:00a.m. – 9:00p.m. daily

Services: Temporary housing for families with children hospitalized due to illness or accident
Fee: No mandatory fee, all donations welcome
Eligibility: Must have a child in a local health care facility

Rusk Rehabilitation Center
315 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia, MO 65203
573-817-2703   Fax: 573-817-4659
Hours: Outpatient: 8:00a.m. -5:00p.m. (M-F), Inpatient: 24 hours daily

Services: Comprehensive medical rehabilitation services for persons with spinal cord and head injury, stroke, amputation, oncology, neuromuscular conditions, musculoskeletal conditions, and pulmonary conditions; acute rehab services for inpatients; outpatient services include brain injury day treatment, pediatrics, and orthopedic/ sports injuries; aquatic therapy; lymph edema therapy
Fee: Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance; payment schedule possible for those without
Eligibility: Medical stability sufficient to participate in therapy, outpatient services require
physician’s orders

Spectrum Health Care 
1123 Wilkes Blvd, Suite 250, Columbia, MO 65201 
573-875-8687  800-785-2437
Clinic 573-514-7312

HOURS: Monday-Thursday 8am-12pm and 1-5pm
Please note: A presceen phone call is required for scheduling an appointment for any services or to enter building.
At Spectrum Health Care, we provide an array of health-related services, accept most insurances including Medicare and Medicaid, and offer a sliding-scale for those uninsured, under-insured, or unemployed. Our clinic offers primary care with referrals to other services as needed, including diagnostics, imagining, dental, vision, orthopedic and psychiatric care. 
Free HIV and STD/STI testing
HOUSING ASSISTANCE: We provide long-term assistance in the form of rent and mortgage payments. Additionally, supportive assistance is provided for utilities, emergency housing, rental and utilities deposits, referrals and coordination with case management services.
Geographic Area Served: North-Central Missouri counties
Other Languages Spoken: Spanish

St. Vincent de Paul Society 
903 Bernadette Drive, Columbia, MO 65203
(573) 424-1022, leave message
Hours: Vary

Services: Assistance with rent, utility bill, prescription medication or gasoline
Fee: No fee
Eligibility: Columbia residents in need

University Hospital and Physicians

University Physicians is mid-Missouri’s largest multi-specialty group. With almost 500 physicians trained in nearly 75 specialties and sub-specialties, our physicians provide world-class care in your own backyard. University Physicians also serve as faculty members at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, teaching medical students and residents and conducting research. This allows our physicians to provide you the latest advances in medicine. University Physicians offer primary and specialty care at a number of clinic sites in Columbia and in communities throughout the state.
Eligibility: Medicare/ Medicaid guidelines
Fees: Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance, self pay



EyeCare America celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. It offers its services through 7,000 volunteer Eye M.D.s. Seniors who have not had an eye exam for three years may be eligible for eye exams and up to one year of care at no out-of-pocket cost. Uninsured patients at increased risk for glaucoma who have not had an eye exam for 12 months may be eligible for a free glaucoma eye exam. Patients must be U.S. citizens or legal residents and cannot belong to an HMO or have eye care coverage through the VA. Medications, eyeglasses and surgery aren’t covered, but ECA’s website lists an A to Z of prescription assistance programs. ECA is an Academy Foundation program. (


Lions Clubs may pay for eye exams and eyeglasses.

Low-cost eyeglasses online. Patients can obtain single-vision prescription eyeglasses for as little as $8 (plus shipping) from online optical dispensaries. Higher levels of refractive error may cost more. Patients will need to understand how frames are sized, pupil-to-pupil distances, etc. Websites include, and

New Eyes for the Needy provides vouchers for eyeglasses for adults and children but recently has had funding problems. Requests must come from a social worker, agency or school nurse working with patients. (973-376-4903;

OneSight provides free in-store exams and eyewear at LensCrafters retail stores, and mobile clinics. Can provide free exams and glasses to adults with no insurance.  Must be referred by a social service agency.

Prevent Blindness America partners with providers of eye care and optical services providers to refer patients for free eye exams and eyeglasses. (800-331-2020;

SCHIP (State Children’s Health Insurance Program) provides children from low-income families with medical exams, eyeglasses, medications and other services at little or no cost. Access is through state Medicaid offices. (877-543-7669)

Sight for Students operates nationally through community partners, providing free eye exams and eyeglasses to children (up to age 18) if family income is less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level. (800-290-4964;

Vision USA provides free exams and, in some cases, free or low-cost eyeglasses to low-income adults and children who lack vision coverage (public or private) and who have not had an eye exam within two years. (800-766-4466;

Voluntary Action Center (VAC)
403A Vandiver Drive, Columbia, MO 65202
(573) 874-2273   Fax: (573) 874-9172

Services Provided: Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - noon & 1 - 4 p.m. (by appointment only, please call for intake and to schedule appointment for no contact services)
Phones: Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
SERVICES: Financial Assistance with: Missouri Birth Certificates, Photo IDs, Prescriptions, Medical and Dental Copayments, Food Handler Cards required by employer, Baby Formula for WIC clients, Gas for work and medical appointments, Work Uniforms required for new employment, Car Repair for employed individuals, Rent and Motel Assistance (based on availability and grant guidelines)
In-Kind Assistance: Emergency Food, Hygiene Products, Feminine Hygiene Products, Household Cleaning Products, Diapers and Wipes, Go COMO Bus Tickets, Clothing Vouchers, Safe Kids Car Seat Vouchers
Seasonal Programs: Homes for Computers (school-age children), Window Air Conditioner Exchange, Summer Fans, Lunch in the Park (summer lunch for school-age children), Back to School Health Fair (school supplies for school-age children), Warm Up Columbia (winter clothing), Holiday Program (holiday gifts and meals)
ELIGIBILITY: Client must be a current Boone County resident and gross income for everyone living at the Address must be at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

WIC Program - Columbia/Boone County Dept of Public Health and Human Services
1005 W. Worley, Columbia, MO 65203
573-874-7384   Fax: 573-874-7757
Hours: 8:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. (M-F), Tuesday evening clinics also available

Services: Nutrition education; breastfeeding education and support; health care referral; monthly food checks for milk, cheese, eggs, cereal, juice, dried beans/peas, peanut butter, infant formula, infant cereal and infant juice.
Fee: Free of charge to eligible participants
Eligibility: Income guidelines (185% Federal Poverty Level), re-certification every 6 months to determine continued eligibility