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Adult Immunization Coalition of Central Ohio (AICCO)

Their website has a schedule of central Ohio clinics where adults can get free and low cost vaccines, including flu vaccines and travel vaccines.
Columbus Public Health: 240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-7417
http://vaccine4me.com/vaccine-main/flu-vaccine-clinics

Affordable Care Act (ACA) Information

This website will help you learn about the ACA, apply for benefits, compare costs, and find local health navigators. It is for you if you are uninsured or buy your own insurance, spend more than a certain percentage of your pay on insurance or are a small business owner. Sign up for quality, affordable health care coverage at the website below.
7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244
Toll Free: (800) 318-2596
www.healthcare.gov

Are You Eligible for Medicaid?

Wondering if you are eligible for Medicaid in the state of Ohio? Go online to check eligibility, view your account or renew your benefits.
1721 Northland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229
Medicaid Hotline: (800) 324-8680
https://benefits.ohio.gov

Bureau for Children with Mental Handicaps (BCMH)

Pays for the care of children with handicaps and special health care needs under age 21. Families may receive full BCMH coverage or be eligible for the BCMH cost-share program, depending on the circumstance. You must apply for and use other health insurance first (such as Healthy Start or private insurance).
246 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43216
(800) 755-4769 or (614) 466-1700
odh.ohio.gov/odhprograms/cmh/cwmh/bcmh1.aspx

Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio

Provides medication, health screenings, health and wellness education, medication counseling, and social program referrals at no cost for low-income, uninsured, and under-insured individuals.
200 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 227-0301
charitablepharmacy.org

Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resources Center (CRC)

Help is provided in many areas including food, housing, health care and transportation. The Kids Club afterschool program provides a safe and nurturing environment for youth in grades K-5 at various locations. They offer homework assistance, tutoring with a reading specialist, individual reading time, and activities that foster youth’s development of appropriate social skills. The Kindship Care Program Supports relative caregivers who have taken custody of children who cannot be cared for by their parents. The program helps children avoid placement in a non-related foster home when parents are absent, and therefore helps them maintain stability in their education.
3222 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43202
(614) 268-3539
clintonvillecrc.org

Columbus Public Health (CPH) Immunization Clinic

Provides walk-in immunizations for children and teens less than age 19 at a minimal cost at the Parsons Avenue location most days of the week and at the Worthington United Methodist Church on the third Tuesday of each month. Many insurances are accepted as well. No child is denied if not able to pay. Go online for a complete schedule of hours and printable handouts.
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
600 High Street, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(614) 645-7945
www.columbus.gov/publichealth/programs/Immunization-Program

Columbus Public Health (CPH) Prescription List

Provides a detailed listing of free and low cost prescriptions, including local pharmacy programs, discount cards and more.

Columbus Public Health Dental Resource Lists

Provides a detailed listing of free and low cost adult dental care clinics throughout Columbus.

Columbus Public Health Resource Lists

Provides a detailed listing of free and low cost health care clinics throughout Columbus. These lists include vision and dental care as well.

Columbus Public Health Vision Resource Lists

Provides a detailed listing of free and low cost adult vision clinics throughout Columbus.
Free and low-cost vision resources

Dental OPTIONS

Program throughout Ohio that helps people in need get dental care. This program is for people with a low income who do not have Medicaid or private insurance. Hours and locations vary for eligible individuals.
246 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 233-6388 or (888) 765-6789
www.odh.ohio.gov/odhprograms/ohs/pap/find/Dental%20OPTIONS.aspx

Disability Benefits & Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

People with long-term disabling conditions may apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Children can qualify if they have a physical or mental condition that seriously limits their activities, and if their family has a limited income. Generally, a child may receive benefits as well if they are the child of a SSI beneficiary who is disabled or deceased. There is no minimum age. The benefits pay for many services, including doctor and hospital visits. The Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool (BEST) helps you find out if you qualify and how to apply.
200 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
National: (800) 772-1213 or (800) 325-0778 TTY
Local: (866) 964-1723 or (614) 228-0226 TTY
ssa.gov/disabilityssi

First Hand Foundation

Provides funding for children with health-related needs when insurance and other financial resources have been exhausted. Applications must be submitted online, and they cover expenses such as wheelchairs, assistive technology, vehicle modifications and clinical procedures.
2800 Rockcreek Parkway, Kansas City, Missouri 64117
(816) 201-1569
firsthandfoundation.org

Franklin County Department of Job & Family Services (JFS)

Provides information about health insurance coverage, food assistance, cash assistance, health care, job training, child care and much more. Offers several food programs, including the Ohio Direction Card / EBT (formerly known as food stamps). Individuals can apply for Medicaid at their local Opportunity Center, based on where they live. Each center serves certain zip codes. People outside of Franklin County should visit their local county Department of Job and Family Services. Refugees and immigrants can apply for services as well.

  • East Opportunity Center: 1055 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
    (614) 212-1993
  • Northland Opportunity Center: 1721 Northland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    (614) 233-2851
  • West Opportunity Center: 314 North Wilson Road, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 233-2912

jfs.franklincountyohio.gov

Franklin County Public Health Immunization Clinic

Offers vaccine clinics throughout Columbus for children under age 19. Vaccines are available at a low cost (or sliding fee scale) for children, and no one will be turned away due to an inability to pay. Click below for their clinic schedule. Appointments are required. They do not provide international travel vaccinations, but their website has a list of places in Columbus to get travel vaccines.
280 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 525-3719
www.myfcph.org/shots

Healthy Foster Care America

Youth that leave foster care at age 18 years or older and are under age 26 can get Medicaid health insurance coverage until they are 26 years old. It is a provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Find out more online and sign up.
www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/healthy-foster-care-america

Hospital Care Assurance Program (HCAP)

HCAP provides medical care to people with incomes at or below the poverty level or on disability medical assistance. Applicants must be residents of Ohio but do not need to be U.S. citizens, and applicants must not be eligible for Medicaid. Information about these programs can be obtained from Columbus area hospital’s financial assistance department.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
For Nationwide Children’s HCAP: (614) 722-2055
www.nationwidechildrens.org/financial-assistance

InfantSEE

The American Optometric Association provides free eye exams for infants between 6 and 12 months of age regardless of a family’s income or access to insurance coverage. Call to find a local participating optometrist.
243 North Lindbergh Boulevard, St. Louis, Missouri 63141
Toll-free: (888) 396-3937
infantsee.org

Insure Kids Now

Go online to find Medicaid providers (medical and dental) in your area, a description of available Medicaid benefits, and questions and answers to your health insurance questions. Call the toll-free hotline to find out more information about the programs and how to apply.
(877) 543-7669
www.insurekidsnow.gov

KidSMILES Pediatric Dental Clinic

Provides comprehensive care to children in central Ohio at a very low cost. Run entirely by volunteer dentists, hygienists and dental professionals, the clinic focuses on providing services such as disease removal and prevention. They help children in families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to afford monthly dental premiums.
770 Bethel Road, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 458-1711
www.kidsmilesclinic.com

Lutheran Social Services (LSS) Faith Mission

Provides shelter to men, women and veterans and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner every day of the year to anyone who is experiencing homelessness. In addition, they offer case management, employment assistance and a health center to help clients overcome barriers to self sufficiency.
245 North Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-6617
lssnetworkofhope.org

Mouth Monsters (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry AAPD)

Provides dental resources for kids and families. Parents can go online to search for a nearby pediatric dentist, learn about clinical guidelines, healthy snacks, teething, how to handle a dental emergency and more!
211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611
(312) 337-2169
http://mouthmonsters.mychildrensteeth.org

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Dental Clinic

Provides routine and emergency dental care for babies, children and teens. As a Safety Net Dental Care program in Ohio, they offer sliding scale fees for those who cannot afford a private dentist. They accept many insurances as well, including Medicaid and have emergency walk-in hours. They have a baby dental clinic for children ages 0 to 3 as well.
555 South Eighteenth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-5650
www.nationwidechildrens.org

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Ophthalmology/Eye Clinic

Offers routine and advanced care for children with visual impairments. They have several locations throughout Columbus, and their website lists helpful resources. They accept all major insurances (including Medicaid, Caresource and Molina) and provide financial assistance for patients without insurance who qualify.
555 South Eighteenth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-4075
nationwidechildrens.org/ophthalmology-eye-clinic

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Primary Care Centers

Provides comprehensive well and sick care for children and teens at many locations throughout Columbus. The South High Primary Care Center provides care to adults as well. They accept most insurances, including government insurances (Medicaid, Caresource, Molina), and provide financial assistance for people without insurance who qualify.

  • Downtown Primary Care Center
    555 South 18th Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
  • Eastland Primary Care Center
    4434 Crossroads Center, Columbus, Ohio 43232
  • Hilltop Primary Care Center
    2857 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43204
  • Linden Primary Care Center
    1390 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
  • Near East Primary Care Center
    1125 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
  • Northland Primary Care Center
    4560 Morse Centre Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
  • Olentangy Primary Care Center
    1275 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio 43212
  • Sharon Woods Primary Care Center
    1777 East Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
  • South High Primary Care Center
    1405 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43207
  • Westside Primary Care Center
    441 Industrial Mile Road, Columbus, Ohio 43228
  • Whitehall Primary Care Center
    561 South Yearling Road, Whitehall, Ohio 43213

Call for an appointment: (614) 722-6200
www.nationwidechildrens.org

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Urgent Care Centers

The website provides excellent information describing services available at their Urgent Care locations, when to go the Urgent Care, what you should bring and more. You can go online to find out estimated wait times at each location. All of the locations provide lab and x-rays as well.

  • Downtown Urgent Care
    555 South 18th Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 722-4329
  • Canal Winchester Close to Home Center
    7901 Diley Road, Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110
    (614) 355-9050
  • Dublin Close to Home Center
    7450 Hospital Drive, Dublin, Ohio 43016
    (614) 355-7000
  • East Columbus Close to Home Center
    6435 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43213
    (614) 355-8100
  • Westerville Close to Home Center
    433 North Cleveland Avenue, Westerville, Ohio 43082
    (614) 355-8300
  • Marysville Close to Home Center
    100 Colemans Crossing Boulevard, Marysville, Ohio 43040
    (937) 578-7600
  • Hilliard Close to Home Center
    4363 All Seasons Drive, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
    (614) 355-5900

www.nationwidechildrens.org/urgent-care-services

Needy Meds

This website provides a lot of information about prescription resources, including discount drug cards, government programs, low cost clinics, patient assistance programs, disease-based prescription help and programs for children.
PO Box 219, Gloucester, Massachusetts 01931
Helpline: (800) 503-6897
www.needymeds.org

Nisonger Center at The Ohio State University (OSU)

Offers comprehensive services for children, teens and adults with developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders, including an autism clinic, behavior support services, dental care for children with developmental disabilities, psychiatric services and more. They also have a Toy and Technology Library and early intervention programs. Their website has an extensive list of resources for families as well.
1581 Dodd Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 685-3192
nisonger.osu.edu

Ohio Benefit Bank (OBB)

A one-stop place where Ohioans with a low to moderate income can check eligibility for benefits such as child care help, home energy assistance, free tax preparation services and children’s health care insurance. Click on QuickCheck to find out if you are eligible for benefits. Once determining eligibility, you can find a Benefit Bank near where you live.
101 East Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(800) 648-1176
www.ohiobenefits.org

Ohio Department of Health (ODH) Division of Family & Community Health Services

Provides an online list of reduced-cost dental clinics throughout Ohio, detailed information about dental health and information about how much fluoride is in your water, dental health for patients with HIV and dental care for uninsured people.
246 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-3543
www.odh.ohio.gov/odhprograms/ohs/pap/find/find.aspx

Ohio Department of Medicaid Waiver Services

Waivers are programs that help Ohio Medicaid customers with special needs remain at home instead of being in a nursing home, hospital or facility. They provide financial assistance to families, and there is typically a waiting list. Services may include personal care, transportation, respite services, supported employment, nutrition services, assistive devices, home modifications and interpreter services. See further information about Ohio waiver programs below.

50 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Medicaid Hotline: (800) 324-8680
medicaid.ohio.gov

Ohio Medicaid Healthy Start & Healthy Families

Provides free and low-cost health care coverage to families, children up to age 19 and pregnant women. Coverage includes doctor visits, hospital care, pregnancy services, vision, dental and mental health services. Go online for the exact income guidelines.

  • Healthy Start (also called SCHIP) is a Medicaid program available to children younger than age 19 and pregnant women in families with a low income.
  • Healthy Families is a Medicaid program available to families with children and a low income.

50 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Medicaid Consumer Hotline: (800) 324-8680
http://medicaid.ohio.gov/FOROHIOANS/Programs/ChildrenFamiliesandWomen.aspx

Ohio Ophthalmological Society (OOS) Free Sports Goggles Program

Protect your child from getting injured when they play sports by getting a free pair of prescription sports goggles. Regular eyeglasses and contacts will not protect a child’s eyes from injury and may even increase the damage. The child needs to be qualified to receive prescription goggles.
3401 Mill Run Drive, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 527-6799
playhardgear.com

Ohio State (OSU) Dental Clinics

Offers a complete range of affordable dental services, including preventive teeth cleaning, emergency care and evening hours. Because care is administered by student dentists, you can expect to save considerably when compared to fees charged in a private practice. Call for insurance and self-pay information. Services are provided for children above age 5 and adults throughout Ohio. Offers emergency walk-in hours for adults as well.
305 West Twelfth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
Adults: (614) 688-3763
http://dent.osu.edu/student_clinics/clinics.php

Ohio’s Best Rx

Provides a free discount program for the costs prescription drugs for individuals and families.  They share a listing of prescription drugs, participating pharmacies and mail-order pharmacies and compares pharmacy prices. An additional discount is available to income-eligible Ohioans as well as people over age 60.  Free discount cards can be found at various locations throughout Ohio or printed directly from the website.
P.O. Box 408, Twinsburg, Ohio  44087
(866) 923-7879
www.ohiosbestrx.org

Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA)

PPA is America’s pharmaceutical companies working together with the health care community to help people who don’t have prescription coverage and can’t afford their medicines.  Go online to learn about prescription medications that are free or low-cost and a list of participating pharmacies. They also provide information about savings cards, HIV/AIDS programs, diabetes supplies, service animals, Medicaid and patient assistance programs.
https://oh.pparx.org

Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief

This program assist financially and medically qualified patients, including those insured through federally administered health plans such as Medicare,  for co-payments, co-insurance and deductibles required by their health insurance plan for pharmaceutical treatments, medications prescribed to treat or manage  their condition. Pharmacists, physicians and the patients can inquire and apply on behalf of the patient.  Eligibility is based on patient’s income and medical condition.
421 Butler Farm Road, Hampton, Virginia 23666
(866) 512-3861
www.copays.org

PrimaryOne Health

Formerly known as Columbus Neighborhood Health Centers, they provide a wide range of services to teens and adults at many locations in Central Ohio. Services include pregnancy testing, obstetric / gynecology care, contraception, well woman exams and treatment of pelvic pain. They also provide low cost dental care, including fillings, exams, cleanings and extractions. They also provide vision, behavioral and pediatric services. Uninsured patients may pay for services based on a sliding scale. They accept most health insurances as well, including Medicaid. Interpreting services are available upon request. Call to schedule an appointment. Dental services are not provided at all locations, and are at the 1180 East Main Street, 240 Parsons Avenue and 2300 West Broad Street locations.

  • 1180 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 645-5535 or (614) 645-5500
  • 3781 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43207
    (614) 645-3163 or (614) 645-5500
  • 1500 East 17th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43219
    (614) 645-2700 or (614) 645-5500
  • 3433 Agler Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219
    (614) 645-1600 or (614) 645-5500
  • 2300 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 645-2300 or (614) 645-5500
  • 1791 Alum Creek Drive, Columbus, Ohio  43207
    (614) 526-5420 or (614) 645-5500
  • 600 North Pickaway Street, Circleville, Ohio 43113
    (740) 207-4202
  • 1905 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207
    (614) 586-4159 or (614) 645-5500
  • 240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 645-5500
  • 299 Cramer Creek Court, Dublin, Ohio 43017
    (614) 526-3285 or (614) 645-5500

primaryonehealth.org

Project LOVE

Project L. O. V. E. (Love Our Kids…Vaccinate Early!) is a unique partnership between hospitals, area physicians, the City of Columbus, Franklin County health departments, local businesses and community organizations whose goal is to assure that Franklin County children are fully immunized. Go online to find out more information about why immunizations are so important, and what immunizations you should get. Their website also has information about free local community health fairs and immunization events.
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-1478
www.columbus.gov/projectlove

Putting Patients First: What is a Health Insurance Marketplace?

The National Health Council provides this online tool to help people, particularly those with chronic illnesses, to address questions regarding obtaining a health plan through the marketplace.  This website has a personalized cost estimator to help people figure out the best plan for them that fits in their budget.
1730 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 785-3910
www.puttingpatientsfirst.net

Refugee Medical Assistance (RMA)

Provides coverage for the treatment of emergency medical conditions for refugees who have been in the country for less than 8 months, have a low income and are not eligible for Medicaid. Applicants must provide proof of income, pregnancy, citizenship and other health insurance (if applicable). This program offers health coverage for a limited period of time to refugees upon their arrival in the United States.
Medicaid Hotline: (800) 324-8680
www.medicaid.ohio.gov/FOROHIOANS/Programs.aspx#623547-non-us-citizens

Rx Assist

RxAssist is a nationally recognized, web-based medication assistance resource center. Individuals can go online and search for specific medications to see what financial help is offered for that medication. They also have a comprehensive online directory of national patient assistance programs.
Frequently Asked Questions: www.rxassist.org/faqs
Directory of Patient Assistance Programs: www.rxassist.org/pap-info

Rx Hope

A website that guides patients in affording medications, through patient assistance programs. They can determine if you are eligible for patient assistance and then help you with the online application process.
www.rxhope.com

Smiles 4 Life

Provides affordable dental services for children ages 12 months to 20 years old. Accepts most health insurances, including government insurances (Medicaid, Molina, Caresource) and has a sliding scale fee for uninsured patients.
4655 Morse Centre Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 470-9840
www.smiles4life-columbus.com

Southeast, Inc.

Program: Provides a wide-ranging provider of primary and dental care, outpatient services, school programs, office-based and individual counseling for youth with mental health and substance abuse problems, psychiatry, case management and homeless services
Eligibility: males and females, age 3 and older
Cost: government insurance (Medicaid, Molina, Caresource), private insurance and self-pay (sliding scale fees based on income)
Referral: individuals may refer themselves or be referred by a physician

  • Administrative Office: 16 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 225–0990 or (614) 225–0980
  • Adult and Family, Older Adult, and Alcohol & Drug: 1455 South Fourth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43207
    (614) 444–0800
  • Franklin County: 524 B West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 224–4850
  • Delaware County: 824 Bowtown Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 695–7795
  • Morrow County: 950 Meadow Drive, Mt. Gilead, Ohio 43338
    (419) 949-2000

southeastinc.com

Stowe Mission of Central Ohio

Is a faith-based, non-profit organization that provide various services including, a community soup kitchen, tutoring, dental clinic, school supply giveaway, summer youth programs, Christmas Toy Chest giveaway, food pantry, vision and eye clinic, and healthcare with the Mt. Carmel Mobile Medical Coach.
Physical Address: 888 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Mailing Address: PO Box 6341, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 445-8400
stowemission.org

Travel Vaccine Clinics

Click below for a list of local travel clinics. They provide international travel vaccines. Appointments should be scheduled at least 6 weeks prior to departure.

Parents and physicians may also call the CDC Travel Hotline during the week for recommendations.
Travel Hotline: (800) CDC-INFO or (800) 232-4636

United Healthcare Children’s Foundation

Provides medical grants to help families access and pay for health care services that are not covered by their family’s commercial medical insurance plan.  The medical insurance plan does not have to be through United Healthcare.  Learn more and apply directly on their website.
9700 Health Care Lane, Minnetonka, Minnesota 55343
(855) 698-4223
www.uhccf.org

Universal Health Care Action Network of Ohio (UHCAN)

Provides health care advocacy and support. They assist Ohioans in finding affordable health care options, prescriptions and hospital care throughout Ohio. Their website provides information on free clinics and community health centers, Columbus hospital clinics offering financial assistance and other resources.
370 South Fifth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 456-0060, ext. 233
uhcanohio.org/individuals

Victory Ministries

In the Center of Hope facility their services include: a food pantry, provide free clothing and bedding sheets, free medical and vision care, clinical counseling, and Literacy Now tutoring program.
3964 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43213
(614) 252-2500
victorycoh.org

What Vaccines Do I Need for School?

Are you asking yourself what vaccines you need for school? Like most states, Ohio has very specific guidelines about which vaccines are mandatory for school attendance. Students can be held from attending school if they are not up-to-date. Click below to find the most recent list of required vaccinations.
www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules

Xubex

A free nationwide program that offers discounted brand name and generic medications. Apply online or by calling the toll-free hotline. There is no enrollment fee. Medications covered can be checked online.
3796 Howell Branch Road, Winter Park, Florida 32792
Toll-Free Hotline: (866) 699-8239
www.xubex.com