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Appalachian Healthcare Project is a collaborative effort among the medical community to provide healthcare for low income, uninsured residents of Watauga and Avery Counties.

The project enrolls persons who meet program guidelines and coordinates healthcare on the individual’s behalf. Coordination of healthcare includes: managing referrals to specialists, helping patients get access to medications, and patient case management. Medical providers donate much needed care to individuals who qualify.

Program Guidelines


Appalachian Healthcare Project strives to help individuals who meet the following program guidelines:

  1. Have an approval letter of 100% financial assistance from ARHS.
  2. Be a resident of Watauga or Avery County for the past 60 days.
  3. Have NO access to health insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, Worker’s Comp ,VA Benefits, No coverage through the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), third party payments or be covered under financial assistance through the hospital system
  4. You must have a chronic, on-going medical problem
  5. You must have a participating primary care physician within Avery or Watauga County


Steps to Enroll in the Appalachian Healthcare Project


  1. Apply for financial assistance. Contact Financial Assistance at (828) 262-4110 for information and to schedule an appointment.
  2. After receiving approval letter from Financial Assistance, contact Appalachian Healthcare Project to schedule an appointment for eligibility into the program.  Avery County residents please call (828) 737-7725. Watauga County residents please call (828) 268-8955. You must have received 100% financial assistance to be eligible for the program.


What to bring with you for the Appalachian Healthcare Project eligibility appointment


  • All bottles or other packaging for medicines which you are currently prescribed
  • A current North Carolina driver’s license or photo identification showing your current address
  • Approval letter for 100% Financial Assistance


If you do not meet all of the above requirements, there still may be some programs that can help you to pay for doctor’s visits and medicines. Contact the Department of Social Services about federal programs (Medicaid, Medicare) or drug company programs to help pay for medicines.

Appalachian Healthcare Project is a cooperation of doctors in Watauga and Avery County, Watauga Medical Center, Cannon Hospital, area pharmacies, DayMark Recovery Services, Watauga and Avery County Health departments, along with other allied health providers. Please contact us if you have more questions about our services.

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