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Health Insurance Resources

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
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

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

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

Healthy Foster Care America (HFCA)

Their website provides information for young adults, families and professionals related to foster care, health and health insurance. Healthy Foster Care America is an initiative of the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) and its partners.
141 Northwest Point Boulevard, Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007
(800) 433-9016, ext. 4273
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

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
insurekidsnow.gov

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
ohiobenefits.org

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
medicaid.ohio.gov/FOROHIOANS/Programs/ChildrenFamiliesandWomen.aspx

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

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 Ohio)

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.
35 East Gay Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 441-9145
uhcanohio.org/individuals