Cheshire Medical Center’s Family Resource Counseling Program provides members of our community with an awareness and understanding of federal, state, and local health care access programs and to assist as needed with the application process.
Whether meeting in our office, in your home, or at your place of business, the Family Resource Counselor can help determine your eligibility for free or reduced cost services including:
- Prenatal care and delivery
- Health care for children ages birth through 19 years
- Dental – preventive and restorative care
- Prescription drugs
- Vision exams and eyeglasses
- Mental health services
- Drug and alcohol services
As a Family Resource Counselor within Center for Population Health at Cheshire Medical Center, Ruth Abbott provides information and referral services to patients and community members so that they may access available local, state, and federal resources. What she really provides is much more. As individuals navigate a family member’s changing health needs or their own, they are faced with numerous considerations besides physical health. “How will I pay health care costs?” and “how can I provide daily care for my family member and still remain employed?” are just a couple of the stressful questions many people face. Ruth provides one-on-one assistance to families in completing NH Medicaid applications for a variety of programs.
Ruth is also a Certified Application Counselor for the Health Insurance Marketplace. She helps individuals determine eligibility for a number of programs including NH Health Access, free or reduced cost services including prenatal care and delivery, health care for children ages birth through 19-years, preventive and restorative dental care, prescription drugs, vision exams and eyeglasses, mental health services, and drug and alcohol services.
“Many people have no idea what types of services there are available, or how pieces can be put together to solve problems. It’s all about knowing who the right contacts are, and having good relationships with them,” says Ruth as she describes her work. “I don’t have all the answers. But I reassure people that they don’t have to do it alone. I’m with them, and together we navigate their options.”