In Ohio, most individuals who have Medicaid must join a managed care plan (MCP) to receive their health care. These plans provide a toll-free medical advice phone line that is open 24 hours a day, help coordinating care for individuals with special health care needs, annual physical exams and sick and well care. Ohio has a general hotline for advice about managed care plans.
Medicaid Hotline: (800) 324-8680
Offers chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) supportive services, asthma management for children and adults, a free Lung Health Clinic (including smoking cessation classes for groups and individuals) and Mobile Medical Unit. They also help with winter heating and summer cooling programs through HEAP, electric bill assistance and window air conditioners to those without central air for households who are medically needy.
788 Mount Vernon Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43203
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
Call for an appointment: (614) 227-0301
Links families of children with special health care needs to CMH-providers and helps families pay for the services the child’s needs up to age 21 years old. Visit the website to see what conditions are eligible for CMH and locate CMH providers by county.
(614) 466-1700 or (800) 755-4769 Toll-free (for parents only)
Franklin County CMH Providers & Locations: odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/children-with-medical-handicaps/resources/franklin
A faith-based organization that serves low-income, homeless, and under-served individuals and families. They provide free, routine outpatient health and wellness services through the Mt. Carmel Mobile Medical Coach, hot meals and pre-packed lunches for kids, after school programs, holiday help, and back-to-school supply giveaways. They also have shower and laundry times throughout the week and other supportive services for homeless people. Visit the website for contact information.
38 West Greenwood Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
Provides a detailed listing of free and low cost health care clinics, vision and dental care; and a listing of free and low cost prescriptions, including local pharmacy programs, discount cards and more. They also provides a detailed listing of community resources for pregnant women, families and children.
Provides immunizations for children and teens 18 years old and younger at a minimal cost. 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.
Columbus Public Health: 240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Worthington United Methodist Church: 600 High Street, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(614) 645-7945 or (614) 645-8180
Help people who have a low income and/or special health care needs, and don’t have Medicaid or dental insurance get dental care. Eligible patients are matched with volunteer OPTIONS dentists who have agreed to provide dental care for lower fees.
246 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Accepting many insurances, including Medicaid
Pediatric Dentistry Practices Near Columbus
People with long-term disabling conditions may apply for 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. The benefits pay for many services, including doctor and hospital visits.
(800) 772-1213 or (800) 325-0778 TTY
Provides information about food assistance (Ohio Direction Card / EBT), cash assistance, medical assistance (like Medicaid), job training, emergency assistance (PRC), help with paying for child care and more. 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.
Call (844) 640-6446 to apply for SNAP/OWF cash assistance/Medicaid benefits
Child Care: (614) 233-2000
Medical Transportation: (614) 233-2381
Workforce Development: (614) 212-1800
Self-Service Ohio Benefits Portal: benefits.ohio.gov
Offers vaccine clinics and information on vaccines for children and adults. 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. Visit the website for their clinic schedule and list of clinics that offer travel vaccines. Appointments are required.
280 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
This website will help you learn about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), apply for health care benefits, compare costs of insurance, and find local health navigators. This 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.
Provides information for young adults, families and professionals related to foster care, health and health insurance.
(800) 433-9016, ext. 6273
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. Visit the website to find more financial assistance programs for those served at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
For Nationwide Children’s Hospital HCAP: (614) 722-2055
This website provides information on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which offer free or low-cost health insurance for kids and teens. Children can get regular check-ups, immunizations, doctor and dentist visits, hospital care, mental health services, prescriptions and more. Income eligible families and individuals can apply online, by phone, by mail or in person.
Provides comprehensive dental 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
Program: offers a wide range of services for the entire family including, comprehensive primary care, OB/GYN, dental, vision, behavioral health, pharmacy (prescriptions are available at reduced cost), nutrition and spiritual care (including Healthy Food Rx program)
Eligibility: infants, children and adults
Cost: government insurance (Medicaid, Medicare), private insurance, sliding fee scale for those without insurance
Jubilee Market and Cafe is non-profit grocery store for everyone. They offer a percentage discount on fresh produce for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants.
Serves: Single Adults & Families
Offers services to provide for the basic needs of all people, including shelter, affordable housing for seniors, food, health care, case management, veteran services; support for women, men and their children escaping intimate partner violence (CHOICES), transitional job training and more. They provide services in multiple counties in Ohio. Visit the website for detailed information about each program, location and contact information.
500 West Wilson Bridge Road, Worthington, Ohio 43085
24-hour crisis line (Domestic Violence): (614) 224-4663
Pantry Locations: lssnetworkofhope.org/foodpantries/services/pantry-locations
List of LSS Locations: lssnetworkofhope.org/contact-us/locations
A search engine created to help patients, caregivers and health care providers learn more about the resources available through the various bio-pharmaceutical industry programs. MAT is not its own patient assistance program, but rather a search engine for many of the patience assistance resources that the bio-pharmaceutical industry offers.
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.
Provides health care for teens ages 11 to 21, including primary care and consultative services for gynecologic/reproductive health, chronic unexplained symptoms, eating disorders, drug testing, a medical opiate addiction program, STD & HIV screening, ADHD, behavior and general teen health issues at several locations throughout Columbus.
380 Butterfly Gardens Drive, Suite 3A, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Provide additional access to health care at your child’s school. The services provided are not meant to replace your pediatrician or family doctor. Care Connection programs include: Pediatric Services, Mental Health Counseling Services, Mobile Care Center, School-Based Asthma Therapy (SBAT) and Wheelchair Clinic. Visit the website for the list of participating schools and additional contact information.
Provides routine and emergency walk-in dental care for babies, children and teens, including those with special health care needs. They offer sliding scale fees for those who cannot afford a private dentist. They accept many insurances as well, including Medicaid.
380 Butterfly Gardens Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Provide a full range of homecare services to central Ohio children of all ages, from newborns through young adults. Homecare offers the following areas of service:
255 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 355-1100 or (800) 466-2727 Toll-free
Offers routine and advanced care for children with visual impairments. They accept all major insurances (including Medicaid, Caresource and Molina) and provide financial assistance for patients without insurance who qualify.
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.
Call for an appointment: (614) 722-6200
The website provides information describing services available at each Urgent Care location, 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.
Offers complete 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, early intervention programs, psychiatric services, special education/transition services. They also have a toy and technology library. Their website has an extensive list of resources for families as well.
1581 Dodd Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210
Administration: (614) 685-3192 or (855) 983-9955 Toll-free
Additional Contact Information: nisonger.osu.edu/contact-us
Offers a list of Ohio Free Clinics. Free clinic services vary, but may include primary care, prescription assistance, dental, vision, behavioral health and other specialties.
88 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Offers help in finding dental care and learning how to have good oral health. There is information on places and programs that offer dental care to people with lower incomes, no dental insurance or those living with HIV or AIDS. Also, the Oral Health Fact Sheets section lists fact sheets created by the Oral Health Program and others, and has links to websites that have information on many oral health topics.
246 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
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 Consumer Hotline: (800) 324-8680
Provides free and low-cost health care coverage to families, children (birth through age 20) and pregnant women. Coverage includes doctor visits, hospital care, pregnancy services, vision, dental and mental health services. Go online for the exact income guidelines.
50 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Medicaid Consumer Hotline: (800) 324-8680
The Ohio Department of Insurance (ODI) offers financial assistance programs for people covered by Medicare. Click on the Ohio Medicare Savings Program guide for a list of information.
50 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Offers a complete range of affordable dental services, including preventive teeth cleaning, emergency care and evening hours. 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. All care is performed by OSU students under the supervision of skilled licensed faculty dentists.
305 West Twelfth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
Call to schedule an appointment: (614) 688-3763
The WOW mobile unit offers women’s health care, for females ages 13 and older, regardless of an ability to pay. Their mobile unit is staffed with a multidisciplinary team of OB/GYN physicians. They provide prenatal, postpartum, and women’s health services, including: ultrasounds, nutrition counseling with a dietitian, access to a social worker to help find additional services and resources, access to birth control, and STI checks. They also offer transportation if needed.
393 East Town Street, Suite 226, Columbus, Ohio 43215
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. Free discount cards can be found at various locations throughout Ohio or printed directly from the website.
2181 East Aurora Road, Twinsburg, Ohio 44087
(866) 923-7879 or 711 for Relay Service (TTY)
Patients are seen at the Rardin Family Practice Center. Services are provided for those who have no health insurance and have a low to moderate income. Call for more details.
2231 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43201
Help financially and medically qualified patients, get direct financial help with co-payments, co-insurance and deductibles needed by the patient’s insurer for medications prescribed to treat and manage their disease. Services are free. Pharmacists, physicians and the patients can inquire and apply on behalf of the patient.
421 Butler Farm Road, Hampton, Virginia 23666
Toll-free: (866) 512-3861
Provides free professional eye exams, follow-up care, education and eyewear to medically needy children, youth, families and uninsured adults, and more.
The Ohio Affiliate of Prevent Blindness
1500 West Third Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43212
(614) 464-2020 or (800) 301-2020
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; 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.
Project L.O.V.E. (Love Our Kids…Vaccinate Early!) is a 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 by age 2. Go online to find out more information about why immunizations are so important, and what immunizations you should get.
240 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
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) 324-8680medicaid.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/medicaid/families-and-individuals/srvcs/medicaid-programs#non-us-citizens
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: rxassist.org/faqs
RxAssist Patient Center: rxassist.org/patients
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 Center Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 344-1459 or (614) 470-9840
Program: Provides a wide-ranging provider of primary and dental care, group and individual counseling for youth with mental health and substance abuse problems, outpatient services, psychiatry and case management. They offer services in multiple counties in Ohio.
Eligibility: 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
16 West Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 225–0990 or 711 for Relay Service (TTY)
Franklin County Locations: southeasthc.org/locations/franklin-county
Additional County Locations: southeasthc.org/locations
A faith-based, non-profit organization that provide various services including, a community kitchen, tutoring, adult literacy and GED prep classes; school supply giveaway, Christmas toy giveaway, food pantry, pregnancy support; vision, dental, eye clinic, and healthcare with the Mount Carmel Mobile Medical Coach, and family events.
Physical Address: 888 Parsons Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Mailing Address: PO Box 6341, Columbus, Ohio 43206
Provides free eye gear (prescription goggles for sports and vocational school programs), baseball and softball batting helmets, and fielder masks to aid in prevention of eye injuries. These items are available to kids ages 3 to 18 years old and applications are available throughout the year.
Ohio Ophthalmological Society
5115 Parkcenter Avenue, Suite 200, Dublin, Ohio 43017
Click below for a list of local travel clinics, that provide international travel vaccines. Appointments should be scheduled at least 6 weeks prior to departure.
Parents and physicians may also find information on travel vaccine recommendations on the the CDC website.
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 UnitedHealthcare. Learn more and apply directly on their website.
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.
360 South Third Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
In the Center of Hope facility their services include: a food pantry (appointment required), provide free clothing and bedding sheets, Christmas gift giveaways, free medical and vision care, clinical counseling and more.
3964 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43213
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.
500 State Road 436 Casselberry, Florida 32707