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Published on February 19, 2016

Caring for Our Refugee Neighbors

Concord is a resettlement community, welcoming approximately 180 refugees a year. Through Ascentria Care Alliance, a human services organization off ering many programs including Services for New Americans in Concord, resettled refugees now receive their primary health care at Concord Hospital Family Health Center. With support from Concord Hospital Trust, the Family Health Center offers primary care for the uninsured and serves all, regardless of ability to pay. Services include medical care, dental care, behavioral health care and affordable prescriptions.

The Federal Office of Refugee Resettlement funds medical care and treatment for refugees for their first eight months in the United States if they do not qualify for Medicaid. Beyond eight months, consistent with others in the New Hampshire workforce, refugees may qualify for private insurance through their employer, or purchase health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Otherwise, they may continue on Medicaid if they meet the eligibility requirements, or apply to Concord Hospital financial assistance.