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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

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

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

Alien Emergency Medical Assistance (AEMA) for Refugees

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

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

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

Columbus Public Health Dental Resource Lists

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

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 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

Dentists Care Connection

Free single tooth extractions offered by the Dentists Care Connection to Central Ohio residents who do not have dental insurance.  Must meet income requirement, which is up to 200% of the federal poverty level.  Care is provided on a first come first serve basis with limited spaces available.  Located on the 2nd floor of the Columbus Public Health Department, this service is every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month.  Walk-ins welcome.  Contact directly for hours and more information.
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 645-7487

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

Franklin County Department of Job & Family Services (JFS)

Provides information about health insurance coverage. Also, visit their website to find helpful information about 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 Center: 1055 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
    (614) 212-1993
  • Northland Center: 1721 Northland Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43229
    (614) 233-2851
  • West Center: 314 North Wilson Road, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 233-2912

Ohio Benefit Application:
Opportunity Center Info:

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

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


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

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

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

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

Nationwide Children’s Hospital 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

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

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

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

Nisonger Center at the Ohio State University (OSU) Dental Program

In collaboration with Nationwide Children’s Hospital, a complete range of dental services are offered for infants, children and adults with developmental disabilities and special needs at 2 locations. All major insurance programs (including Medicaid) and a sliding fee scale for self-pay patients are accepted. When necessary, fee arrangements can be made.
1581 Dodd Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 685-3197
2879 Johnstown Road, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 342-5795

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

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

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

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. To qualify for this free program, children must wear glasses or contacts and live in a family whose income is at or below 300% of the federal poverty level (view poverty guidelines).
3401 Mill Run Drive, Hilliard, Ohio 43026
(614) 527-6799

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

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

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:
Directory of Patient Assistance Programs:

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.

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

Teen Pregnancy Program (TaP)

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Adolescent Medicine Clinic, in partnership with Better Birth Outcomes, offers the Teen Pregnancy Program (TaP) to provide prenatal care for moms-to-be ages 11-21. This program also focuses on the overall health of mother and baby which may include the entire family and the father-to-be. A multi-disciplinary team works to support safe infant care, birth control options, positive parenting and school/family balance. Contact directly for details.
500 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio  43215
(614) 355-6350

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

Universal Health Care Action Network of Ohio (UHCAN)

Provides health care advocacy and support. They assist Ohians 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

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.


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