USA Resources: Healthcare

Physical Health

There are many ways to supplement healthcare for Ukrainains. Below are a few options. More information can also be found here.

  1. On Saturday, May 21, 2022, the President signed the “Additional Ukraine Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2022,” which provides supplemental emergency appropriations including certain refugee benefits, such as Medicaid, SNAP food benefits, and a full intake health assessment, including the TB blood test, for low or no cost.  Contact your local Department of Health to find a clinic to provide the health assessment, and contact your local Department of Social Services for supplemental benefits.  Note:  The host’s income does NOT affect eligibility.
  2. While Medicaid is available in all states, an additional medical program for children and pregnant mothers is available in certain states only called The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).   
  3. Travel Insurance may be an option like this one.  But it does not cover many previous chronic illnesses or routine check-ups.  
  4. Click here to explore other possible benefits, with contacts listed by state.
  5. There may be free clinics locally.
  6. Marketplace health insurance plans may be obtained.
  7. Once employed, health insurance may be offered through some employers, and employment will affect Medicaid eligibility. At that time, purchasing a health insurance plan elsewhere may be necessary.

If possible, one of the first appointments you should make upon arrival would be with a local Refugee center that is listed with the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). They can help with applying for healthcare benefits, scheduling physicals and TB tests, Work Authorization, cash assistance, English classes, and more!

Mental Health  

The USA has many qualified mental health therapists and counselors specializing in treating trauma, post traumatic stress, depression and anxiety.    Many therapists now offer online telehealth appointments for ease of access.  However, keep in mind that therapists must be licensed to practice counseling in the state that the patient/client is located.   For example, if you are located in California, the therapist must be licensed to provide counseling specifically in the state of California.

  1. “It’s Complicated”: Free therapy in support of Ukraine
  2. Therapy Route: Free therapy in support of Ukraine
  3. Emotional Support Hotline
  4. Open Path Collective offers reduced rates for counseling appointments.  There is a one time member fee but after that, you can choose a participating therapist with session fees from $30-$60. Membership fee is for lifetime membership.
  5. If you can pay out of pocket or have mental health care insurance, is a resource with search tools for locating therapists. 
  6. For trauma therapy: Lifespan Integration and EMDR are common therapy methods that are effective in helping work through trauma.