Facilitating Access to Health Care for All

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Who are your patients?
Most of our patients work, but they don’t receive employer-sponsored health insurance and make too much money for Medicaid. We have patients with very little education and patients with advanced degrees.

Who are your providers?
All of our providers, reception and discharge staff are volunteers. It isn’t possible to come to the Ithaca Free Clinic or access any of our programs without interacting with a volunteer. We have over 100 volunteers and only 4 paid staff (2 part time). Many of our volunteers were drawn to offer their time and talents to the Health Alliance because of their own experiences with the challenges of obtaining affordable care for themselves or a family member.

Isn’t the Free Clinic going to become obsolete soon? Won’t everyone have access to affordable health care with the Affordable Care Act?
The ACA will still leave millions of Americans uninsured. Our most common demographic, working people whose income is over 133% of the poverty level, who are not eligible for Medicaid, will be be hard pressed to afford to purchase health insurance, even with the subsidies available, without cutting into their budgeted expenses for rent, utilities, food and transportation. In addition, many of the holistic and therapeutic services we offer are not covered by insurance, and there are other services, such as dental care, that we have not yet addressed. The Ithaca Health Alliance always strives to find and fill the gaps in access to care.

How do I volunteer?
Fill out a volunteer application at www.ithacahealth.org/ally or contact us if you’d like to receive an application by email or US mail.

Is the Ithaca Free Clinic supported by government funding or insurance billing?
As a Free Clinic, we must provide totally free services, and  since we serve people who don’t have insurance, we do not bill insurance. We do receive some funding from Tompkins County/City of Ithaca and periodically from the Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency, which covers about 20% of our current budget. Our expenses have been reduced thanks to the FTCA Free Clinics program through the US Department of Health and Human Services, which provides free malpractice coverage for our licensed medical providers and social workers. We regularly apply to local, state and national foundations for grants. However, our first and most steadfast source of funding has always been donations from community members just like you!

The Ithaca Health Alliance was founded in 1997. As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, our mission is to facilitate access to health care for all, with a focus on the needs of the uninsured.

Since our founding, we have used the contributions of our community to create a sustainable model of community-oriented, community-driven solutions to the ongoing healthcare crisis. Today, we have three primary programs: the Ithaca Free Clinic, the Ithaca Health Fund, and Health Education.

Visit our website to learn more about the Ithaca Health Alliance.

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New campaign for 2015

We are starting a new campaign for 2015 – 30 Days to Spring into Health Check it out and donate during the month of April 2015! THANK YOU TO ALL OUR SUPPORTERS! YOU HAVE HELPED US EXCEED OUR GOAL! If you missed the opportunity to donate during the campaign, you can still support us by [...]

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TREMENDOUS THANKS to our 15 CHAMPIONS and 199 donors With your help, we raised over $16,000! You have the gratitude of 4 paid staff,  100 plus volunteers and over 1300 area residents who depend on our programs

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Awesome Volunteers and Community Sponsors

VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS Martin Ginsburg, MD               Penny Goldin and Ken Kling COMMUNITY SPONSORS: THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT! Mighty Yoga Ithaca Community Acupuncture Ithaca League of Women Rollers A grateful shout-out to MIGHTY YOGA, ITHACA COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE and ITHACA LEAGUE OF WOMEN ROLLERS, all of whom are donating [...]

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Our wonderful volunteers

Our volunteers are the lifeblood of the Alliance and the backbone of the Clinic. Click on the names below to hear two of them speak with Outreach and Education Coordinator Andrea Levine about their experience here: Mary Besemer, RN                          Vaughn Neild Former volunteer, Crystal Han, wrote to us [...]

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Introducing Our New Campaign Poster!

Here’s our new campaign flyer!

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Check Out Our Campaign Flyer!

Download the campaign flyer to help spread the word. Together we can met our goal to raise $10,000 by August 31st! Thank you IHA volunteer Joshua Tashman for designing this beautiful flyer!  

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Read the Press Release!

Read the PRESS RELEASE- Be a Health Ally, our first crowdfunding campaign on Peaks!

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Welcome to Our Peaks Campaign!

We’re thrilled to launch our first crowdunding campaign on Peaks. Won’t you become an Ally?

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$16,661 raised
$10000 goal

Tompkins County, New York
15 Champions
200 Contributions
Campaign Complete.