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Becoming a kinship caregiver for a child can be an overwhelming task—especially financially. Every caregiver and child deserve access to proper healthcare to ensure the child’s needs are met.

Healthy Start and Healthy Families Programs 

The Healthy Start and Healthy Families Medicaid programs offer free and low-cost comprehensive health care coverage to families, children (up to age 19) and pregnant women with limited income.

You may apply for Healthy Start and Healthy Families for yourself and for the children in your care. If you are receiving assistance from Ohio Works First through a child-only benefit, the children in your care are automatically eligible and no separate application is required. If eligible for coverage, your household will be issued a health card with a number. This card must be presented to your doctor, hospital or pharmacist each time you receive medical services or fill a prescription.

How to apply for Healthy Start and Healthy Families

Apply for Healthy Start and Healthy Families online by going to benefits.ohio.gov, or by filling out the “Application for Health Coverage and Help Paying Costs” ODM 07216 and submitting it to your county department of job and family services. For your county location and contact information, please search here.

No face-to-face interview is required when applying for health coverage using the “Application for Health Coverage and Help Paying Costs.” However, you may need to submit the following documents:

  • Proof of income
  • Proof of citizenship status (if not a U.S. citizen)
  • Other health insurance coverage (if applicable)

Women, Infants, and Children Program

The federal Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program provides grants to states for supplemental foods, health care referrals and nutrition education for low-income pregnant or postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk. Participants in the program receive coupons that can be used at authorized local stores to purchase nutritious foods such as milk, cheese, eggs, juice, beans, peanut butter, cereal and infant formula. WIC has income-related and other eligibility requirements. For more information, and to locate the health department, hospitals and community action agencies in your county that provide WIC services, call 1-800-755-GROW (4769).

Presumptive Eligibility

The Presumptive Eligibility program is available for children younger than 19, pregnant women, parents or caretaker relatives living with children under 18, and adults ages 19 to 64. The program allows for temporary enrollment in Medicaid while an application for Medicaid is being processed.

No application is required for Presumptive Eligibility. Eligibility is determined through the county department of job and family services or qualified entity in your county.

All Medicaid services are covered for children, parents or caretaker relatives, and adults ages 19 to 64. Only ambulatory prenatal care services are covered for pregnant women (for example, doctor visits and prescription drugs). Inpatient hospital stays and labor and delivery are not covered in the Presumptive Eligibility program for pregnant women. If you have questions, call the Medicaid Consumer Hotline at 1-800-324-8680.


Medicare is a federal health insurance program for those 65 years or older and some people with disabilities under the age of 65. To apply for Medicare, or to obtain more information, please contact your local Social Security office.

Children with Medical Handicaps Program

The Children with Medical Handicaps (CMH) program is a health care program within the Ohio Department of Health that links families of children with special health care needs to a network of quality providers. CMH's mission is to assure, 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. The program also helps families obtain payment for the services their children need. For more information, visit their website.

Early Intervention Services Program

The Early Intervention Services Program provides early intervention and treatment services for infants and children with developmental delays. For more information, visit their website.

Help Me Grow

Help Me Grow is designed to encourage prenatal and well-baby care. By calling the Help Me Grow Helpline, you can receive free prenatal and wellness guides, including incentive coupons. The Help Me Grow Helpline also serves as an information and referral service to some other state programs. For more information, visit their website.

Sickle Cell Service Program

The Ohio Department of Health’s Sickle Cell Service Program is responsible for ensuring the availability and access to quality, comprehensive sickle cell services and promoting public awareness about this disease. For additional information, visit their website or call (614) 466-1549.


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