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The Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH) is a healthcare program in the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). BCMH links families of children with special health care needs to a network of quality providers and helps families obtain payment for the services their children need. BCMH is the Ohio Title V program that receives grant funding through the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau. The purpose of Title V funds is to support programs for children with special health care needs that promote the development of family-centered, community-based, coordinated systems of care.
The federal Maternal and child Health Bureau funds Title V programs in every state. You can find their directory of contacts to see who you should call in your area.
The Center for Infants and Children with Special Needs at Cincinnati Children’s provides information to help families and health care providers identify sources of financial assistance.
In Ohio, BCMH assures, through the development and support of high quality, coordinated systems, that children with special health care needs and their families obtain comprehensive care and services that are family centered, community based and culturally sensitive. Assistance is provided to children under the age of 21 who have special health care needs and are residents of the State of Ohio. Some of the services have financial and medical eligibility guidelines. Many of these children have medical conditions that require ongoing treatments. Some examples of these conditions are diabetes, heart defects, chronic lung disease, cancer and hearing loss. BCMH may be able to cover services that are not covered by insurance and / or Medicaid. Although BCMH covers a wide range of services, it is important to know BCMH does not cover all the services a child with special health care needs may require, nor are all services available for every diagnosis. Services must be related to the child’s BCMH eligible condition.
A BCMH approved physician must submit a Medical Application Form to BCMH on behalf of the child to start the enrollment process.
The Service Coordination Program helps parents locate and coordinate the services their child may need. This is a limited program, available to children with specific conditions, who are seen by a team of providers at hospitals approved by BCMH. This program is available, regardless of income, but does not pay for medical services.
The Hoosier Healthwise Program is a health care program for low income families, pregnant women, and children. The program covers medical care like doctor visits, prescription medicine, mental health care, dental care, hospitalizations, surgeries, and family planning at little or no cost to the member or the member's family.
Hoosier Healthwise covers many different types of people:
The Children's Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) for children up to age 19, falls under the Hoosier Healthwise program.
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