Patient Eligibility

What services are offered to patients?

At the HANDS clinic the following services are provided to patients:

Primary Medicine

Diabetes Education & Support

Adult Dental Clinic

Smoking Cessation Classes

Prescription Assistance

Network of Local Specialists

How to become a patient

The HANDS Clinic may provide health care at no charge to you. To be eligible, you must be a resident of St. Lucie County, 19-64 years of age, have lived in St. Lucie County continuously for the past six (6) months, and be within a certain income bracket. You may qualify if you do not have any health insurance, Medicaid or Medicare, and do not qualify for Veterans benefits.

Necessary Documents to Apply

With current Saint Lucie County address:  Driver’s License OR State ID.

  • If PO Box is address, then proof of actual residence

We must have the applicant’s card. 

  • If you do not have your Social Security Card, call the Social Security Administration at 800-772-1213
  • Local phone # 772-336-2960;
  • 6810 S US 1, Port St. Lucie, FL 34952; 8:30am–3:30pm  M-F
  • Original of Current Electric or Telephone Bill
  • Lease or letter of support from person providing shelter
  • 2 pieces of official mail from government agency or bank

Click Here to Download Letter of Support

    • Must bring proof of income for BOTH spouses
    • 1 month of current pay stubs
    • Letter from your employer on letterhead stating your current wages.
    • Letters from friends, relatives, agencies that provide you with money, food, clothing and/or shelter. These must be signed and dated with the dollar value/amount of support provided per week or month.

Click here to view a Sample Letter

  • Social Security, Alimony, Child Support, Unemployment, Workers’ Compensation, Disability verification.

If you are not currently working: 

  • A letter of support must be filled out from whoever is providing help with shelter, bills, food, etc. The letter must have a dollar value of support provider per month and be signed. (attach letter of support, for example)

If you recently lost your job:

  • You will need proof of termination of employment or termination of unemployment benefits
Must be an official copy of last year’s tax return or Letter of Non-Filing. Note: you must supply an official copy of last year’s tax return or Letter of Non-Filing. Copies of self-completed tax returns are not accepted. Free copies can be obtained from the IRS by calling 844-545-5640. The IRS will mail the documents to you within 10-14 days.  Or you can download the IRS Form 4506-T from their website by clicking the link below. Mail it to: Internal Revenue Service RAIVS Team P.O. Box 9941 Mail Stop 6734 Ogden, UT 84409

You may apply online at

or go to an Access Florida Office at the following locations:

Your Plate
(772) 464-9617
1203 Orange Avenue
Fort Pierce, FL

(772) 468-8543
2520 Orange Avenue
Fort Pierce, FL

You will receive a denial letter within 30 days of the application. The letter may appear online sooner, so it is important to keep your username and password for login.

It is very important that you bring ALL OF THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTS to your screening session. Without these documents, we cannot determine your eligibility. Once you are deemed eligible, an appointment will be made with a provider. Eligibility to remain a patient is determined annually.

IMPORTANT: Clients may be denied service for medical non-compliance, abusive, inappropriate or disruptive behavior, or providing false information, or documents. If you are denied services you may apply to the appeals committee.

Make sure you have everything you need for your appointment with our downloadable checklist. Click the button below to get your checklist.

Next Steps

Click the button below to download the New Patient Information Packet we’ll need from you. Fill out the form and bring it along with the necessary documents from the eligibility checklist.

If you are unable to print the form, we can print it for you at the clinic, but you will need to come 15 minutes prior to your appointment to ensure completion.
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