SERVICES AVAILABLE: Hilltown Community Health Centers, Inc. (HCHC) has locations in Worthington, Huntington and Amherst and is a non-profit, federally qualified health center providing high quality medical, dental and behavioral health services to the rural hilltown communities of Western Massachusetts since 1950. The location in Amherst opened 6/11/2018.
Services: Medical, Pharmacy, Dental, Behavioral Health, and Phsyical Therapy
Outreach: Family Education and Support, Health Access Program, Hilltown Social Service Project (Helps people determine eligibility and apply for food stamps, fuel assistance, housing assistance, job searches - we recognize that food, shelter and employment have an impact on health), HOPE (Health Outreach Program for Elders), Wellness Works! Program, Gator Grins Dental Program Gateway School Based Health Center
LIMITATIONS/ELIGIBILITY: Anyone may apply for services. To apply for free health care fill out an application. To qualify for free health care the applicant must meet the federal government's income guidelines and have no health insurance or limited health insurance.
PHONE: Call the Worthington Health Center at 413-238-5511; the Huntington Health Center at 413-667-3009; John P. Musante Health Center in Amherst: 413-835-4980 Gateway Family Center, Huntington 413-667-2203; Gateway School-based Health Center, Huntington; 413-667-0142
HOURS: The Worthington and Huntington Health Centers are open 5 days a week, with evening hours to accommodate patient needs. Saturday hours are also available as is 24-hour coverage for emergencies. The John P. Musante Health Center in Amherst is open weekdays.
FEES: Hilltown Community Health Centers serves children, adults, and elders and accepts more than 700 different insurance plans including MassHealth. We accept most insurances, including Medicare, Medicaid, HMOs and Indemnity Plans. We also offer reduced rates for those without insurance. No one is denied care because of an inability to pay. We also provide free care and reduced-free care to those who meet income guidelines. Visa and Mastercard are accepted. We are able to identify patients who may qualify for state and federal insurance programs, including MassHealth and Children's Medical Security Plan. We may also be able to help you to receive prescriptions at a reduced cost. An outreach worker is available to guide patients through the application process when necessary.
OTHER INFORMATION/COMMENTS: Hilltown Community Health Centers is a private, non-profit community health care service opened in 1950.
TOWNS SERVED: Anyone, regardless of ability to pay: Blandford, Chester, Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Huntington, Middlefield, Montgomery, Plainfield, Russell, Williamsburg, Worthington and some towns in Berkshire County as well as towns around Amherst and Northampton;
Do Amherst and Northampton really have a high level of need? Yes. The level of poverty in our area is often invisible but is demonstrated by the number of children in our schools who qualify for free and reduced lunch programs (44% in Amherst and 32% in Northampton). Distinct from but often related to income is the inability to access ongoing preventive health care. Cooley Dickinson Hospital reports that 24% of its emergency room visits are by individuals who require free care, pay out of pocket, or depend on MassHealth. One in every 100 adults in our area has a preventable hospitalization. The primary mission of the John P. Musante Health Center in Amherst is to serve residents in the greater Amherst-Northampton region who currently have no or limited access to health care including medical, dental, and behavioral health services. It is open to all regardless of ability to pay.
HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE?: Yes.