- Health Services at AOMA
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
AOMA offers Oriental medical services to students and their immediate family members (live-in partners, spouses, and children) at any AOMA Student Intern Clinic location for a reduced cost. Students and their immediate family members can access acupuncture and/or herbal treatments for $15 per visit. Appointments may be scheduled at the North Clinic by calling (512) 467-0370 and at the South Clinic by calling (512) 693-4373. Students may also request an appointment online. The Student Intern Clinic hours vary from term to term depending on student registration. Students also receive discounts at the Professional Clinics and at AOMA Herbal Medicine on raw and powdered herbs for their personal use. Discounts rage from 15 – 35% depending on brand. Discount at pro clinic?
AOMA further offers integrative medical services via Dr. Jennifer Pollard, MD, who sees patients at the AOMA South Clinic. Dr. Pollard provides primary care for adolescents and adults. In keeping with her holistic and allopathic philosophy, she strives to provide options for her patients that address the root causes of their issues and to offer integrative medical approaches to managing them. She brought her practice to AOMA in 2013 so she could better apply this integrated model of care for her patients.
- Student Health Insurance Options
Special health insurance rates may be available to students through third-party group plans. The following list of possible health insurance providers was updated in December 2012. Students may also want to use a health insurance broker to find a private insurance plan.
Health insurance is now required by the Affordable Care Act. This government website helps individuals get covered and features a Health Insurance Marketplace for comparing plans.
Transamerica student plan:
AOMA students are eligible for this group plan. It offers group limited benefit hospital indemnity insurance. Flexible payment options. Prescription drug discount card. Full-time/part-time students eligible. Coverage can be extended to spouse and dependent children up to age 25.
Offers a range of plans specifically for students, at affordable rates.
1-877-758-4941 (Toll free)
Note: The Texas Health Insurance Pool has been cancelled as per its web site notice. Also: I changed the order of the health plans to give a better narrative flow.
Superior Health Plan:
A managed health care company that provides coverage for families who earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to pay for private health insurance.
Texas Medicaid Program:
State and Federal cooperative venture providing medical coverage to low-income individuals and families
Reduced Cost Healthcare
A number of organizations throughout Austin provide reduced cost healthcare services and resources. The following list of healthcare providers was updated in December 2012.
Lone Star Circle of Care:
Nonprofit organization operating eight community health clinics for uninsured and underinsured residents in Central Texas.
Affordable reproductive healthcare.
Seton Topfer Community Health Center:
Accessible, comprehensive health services for underserved families in north Austin.
Austin Pharmacy serving un/underinsured individuals without prescription drug coverage.
- Medical Resources
Hospital closest in proximity to AOMA’s campus:
www.seton.net/locations/kozmetsky/ Seton Kozmetsky Community Health Center at 3706 S. First Street, Austin, TX 78704, 512-324-4940. Provides accessible, comprehensive health services to medically underserved families in south-central Austin. All medical and counseling services are available on a sliding scale based on family size and income. Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP are also accepted.
St. David’s South Austin Medical Center at 901 W. Ben White Blvd., 78704, 512-447-2211.
www.southaustinmed.com/ South Austin Medical Clinic at 2555 Western Trails, 78745, 512-892-6600. This group medical practice is just down the street from AOMA’s campus.
www.lscctx.org/ Lonestar Circle of Care: Non-profit organization operating eight community health clinics for uninsured and underinsured residents in Williamson and surrounding Central Texas Counties.
www.austinpcc.org/ People’s Community Clinic: Affordable medical services for the Austin community. Note that there is often a high demand for services and they may not always be accepting new patients.
www.healthcare.gov HealthCare.gov: Details regarding the Affordable Care Act; where to get local help signing up for insurance; and features a Health Insurance Marketplace.
www.hhsc.state.tx.us/medicaid/index.html Medicaid general website for Texas: lists various free health insurance programs for low-income individuals and families.
www.texaswomenshealth.org/ Medicaid Women's Health program: provides low-income women with family exams, related health screening and birth control through Texas Medicaid. This is for women not already receiving Medicaid benefits. On this website you can also find a special program for pregnant women, with higher income limits to qualify.
www.hhsc.state.tx.us/chip/families/index.htm Texas CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program), health insurance for children from low-income families that don't meet the Medicaid eligibility requirements.
www.plannedparenthood.org/ppaustin/ Planned Parenthood of the Central Texas Region: affordable reproductive healthcare for the Austin community.
- Mental Health Resources
Sol Community Counseling
Sol Community Counseling provides quality, accessible counseling services to the Austin community at affordable rates. AOMA has contracted with Sol Community Counseling to offer both individual and couples counseling at reduced rates:
$20 per session for individuals
$30 per session for couples
There is a limit of 12 sessions at this rate. After the twelfth visit, the rates change to $35 and $40 respectively. In order to qualify for couples counseling services, only one member of the couple needs to be an AOMA student.
To access these services, students may call Sol Community Counseling at (512) 366-0954 or visit their website http://www.solcommunitycounseling.com
They have offices both north and south at 1510 W. 34th Street, Suite 200 and at 3625 Manchaca Rd.
Other Mental Health Resources
www.austinchildguidance.org Austin Child Guidance Center: Offers a sliding scale for child and family counseling.
www.lifeworksaustin.org LifeWorks Provides sliding scale and some free counseling to children, families, couples, and adults. There are several locations in Austin.
www.austinrecovery.org/ Affordable alcohol and drug treatment programs
www.integralcare.org/ Austin Travis County Integral Care: Offers a 24/7 crisis hotline 472-HELP and other psychiatric and mental retardation services for adults and children in Travis County.
www.samaritan-center.org/ Samaritan Center: Non-profit ecumenical center that provides clinically competent and spiritually aware counseling, psychotherapy, education, and pastoral counseling on a sliding scale. Via its Hope for Heroes program, the Samaritan Center also offers support services for active-duty military, veterans, and military family members.
http://www.hospiceaustin.org Hospice Austin: End-of-life support services, short-term grief and loss counseling, and grief and loss ongoing support groups.