Local Allina clinics offer discounts to uninsured

Allina Hospitals & Clinics recently announced a new discount program to cover medically necessary hospital services for the uninsured.

Since 2001, Allina has offered free care to patients with annual incomes below 275 percent of the federal poverty level (approximately $52,000 for a family of four). Under their new program, households between 275 and 350 percent of the poverty level (approximately $66,000 for a family of four) will receive a 50 percent discount. The new sliding-scale system also allows lesser discounts for uninsured families above that income level. (See Allina.com for more information.)

Southwest Allina clinics are at 2800 Hennepin Ave. S. (open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; 775-4800) and 1300 Lagoon Ave., (open Monday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; 824-1772).

Allina, the state's largest health care provider, also works with patients to inform them of county, state and federal assistance and insurance programs for which they may be eligible.

"This is an important step in providing support for the thousands of uninsured in Minnesota," said David Orbuch, executive vice president, Compliance & Public Policy. "This is a short-term fix, merely a Band Aid on a national health care problem that needs to be addressed at the congressional level."