Volunteers in Medicine of Monroe County
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Services and Eligibility

Operated by a combination of employees and volunteers and with the support of the community, Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital, and several corporate partners, the Volunteers in Medicine clinic serves individuals who:

  • live in Monroe or Owen County
  • live in households at or below 200% of the federal poverty level
  • do not have health insurance, are unable to afford insurance, or were "kicked off" of HIP
  • are not eligible for Healthy IN Plan or Marketplace insurance
  • have HIP but need dental services beyond those covered by HIP

Every person's situation is different. If you are eligible for the Healthy IN Plan (HIP), a VIM enrollment specialist will help you enroll.   While you are waiting for your insurance to be approved, you are eligible to come to VIM for medical services.                                                           

Frequently Asked Questions about the Affordable Care Act (ACA)?

     1.  How will the ACA affect VIM patients?   With the ACA (often called "Obamacare"), VIM can now actually help many of our patients get insurance, while we continue to provide free medical care for those who are not eligible or who cannot afford insurance options.

     2.  What if I don't want health insurance? I'd rather remain a VIM patient!    Any individual that is eligible for Healthy IN Plan (HIP), Medicaid, or an ACA Marketplace insurance plan is required to enroll in a plan.

     3.  What if I can't afford health insurance?    There are many options for insurance that, right now, are truly affordable; therefore, all patients must complete the enrollment process to understand their options.  In addition, there are several options for financial help if needed. If there are no reasonable options, you may be eligible for VIM.

     4.  How can I get help with the enrollment process?    The VIM Eligibility team will help you with enrollment.  Simply come to the clinic during open eligibility hours (see Location & Clinic Hours) and ask to sign the eligibility clipboard.

     5.  What does 200% of the federal poverty level mean?
The United States Department of Health and Human Services establishes the federal poverty level. The Volunteers in Medicine free medical clinic serves adults who earn at or below 200% of this level, which translates for the year 2018 to the following:

Persons in Household Household Income


2 $32,920
3 $41,560
4 $50,200
5 $58,840
6 $67,480
7 $76,120
8 $84,760

For families with more than 8 persons, add $4,320 for each additional person.

Volunteers in Medicine clinic provides free, quality primary and preventive care for both chronic and acute illnesses. The following services are also available at no cost:

  • primary care
  • walk-in urgent care
  • women's health   
  • diagnostic laboratory and radiology testing  
  • specialists, including orthopedics, podiatry, cardiology, neurology and others
  • behavioral and mental health
  • medications*
  • dental care
  • health support services, care management
  • chronic disease education
  • assistance with insurance enrollment and system navigation

Clinic doctors prescribe narcotics only on a very short-term basis for immediate and temporary issues such as extractions or a broken leg.


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