VIM is a medical clinic that helps people who do not have health insurance. Our patients do not make enough money to pay for healthcare on their own.
Our patients include those who work as landscapers, hairdressers, dog groomers, artists, construction workers, ranchers, self-employed entrepreneurs, kitchen workers, river rafting guides, housekeepers, home health care workers, part-time employees, and students – just to name a few.
You may qualify if you:
• Are between the ages of 19 – 64.
• Do not have medical or health insurance.
• Have some income, but are still “low-income.” Your pay can be from part-time, full-time or seasonal jobs. It can also be from a student loan or unemployment.
• Live or work in Deschutes, Jefferson, or Crook counties.
To receive care at VIM, your income must be below 250% of the Federal Poverty Line. The Federal Poverty Line is determined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Click here to see the guidelines we use.
At VIM we work with just a certain group of people. These are people that don’t get medical care because they can’t afford to pay for it. We help as many people as we can, but we can’t help everyone. If you don’t qualify for VIM, we will help refer you to someone who can care for you. Click here to see a list of other medical resources.
With few exceptions, we do not care for children 19 and under. Most likely they are eligible for care through the Oregon Health Plan (OHP). Click here for information on OHP.
No. If you are 65 or older, you may qualify for Medicare. Click here for Medicare information.
VIM can help you get well, and stay well until you are able to find insurance on your own. We are a “medical home”. This means we help you care for your health in many ways. We keep your medical records and look out for you. We can provide medical care, prescription medications, and mental health care. We help you understand how to take better care of yourself. Please click here to see a list of services we provide.
If you have a medical condition that can’t wait, please go to urgent care or the emergency room. Click here for a list of other places that might be able to help you.
No. We do not provide pain medication, narcotics or medical marijuana. We also do not give prescriptions for these drugs. Click here to see a list of services we provide.
Yes, if you meet the other requirements. You may not need to file taxes if you make too little money. But, there are a number of reasons you may want to file them anyway, especially since you will need them to get tax benefits from the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”).
Filing your taxes can be an easy process – and free – through a volunteer program here in Deschutes County. Call (541) 389-6507 (English), or (541) 382-4366 (Spanish) for assistance. Click here for more information.
Yes! There are 90 VIM clinics in 27 states. You can find a list of VIM clinics by clicking here.