Resources for Families

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Patient Assistance Resources

National Health Coverage & Income Assistance Programs

Medicare

  • Provides health care coverage for people with long-term disabilities (and most Americans age 65 and older).
  • Phone: 1-800-MEDICARE
  • Web site: www.medicare.gov

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

  • Provides income to people who are no longer able to work because of a disability; benefits are based on a person’s work history. People who receive SSDI are eligible for Medicare after 2 years.
  • Phone: 1-800-772-1213
  • Web site: www.ssa.gov/disability

State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)

  • Provides health care coverage to uninsured children in families with incomes that are too high to qualify for Medicaid.
  • Phone: 1-877-KIDS-NOW (1-877-543-766)
  • Web site: www.insurekidsnow.gov

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

  • Provides a monthly stipend to people with disabilities (and low-income Americans age 65 and older) to help meet basic needs for food, shelter and clothing. Individuals who receive SSI are often eligible for Medicaid.
  • Phone: 1-800-772-1213
  • Web site: www.ssa.gov/pubs/11000.html

Ohio Assistance Programs

Medicaid

  • Pays for healthcare for individuals who have low income.
  • Phone: (614) 466-6282
  • Web site: www.jfs.ohio.gov/ohp/

Children with Special Healthcare Needs

  • Provides assistance for health coverage to children with special health problems, like cystic fibrosis. Families that do not qualify for Medicaid may be eligible for this program.
  • Phone: (614) 466-1547
  • Web site: www.odh.ohio.gov/odhPrograms/cmh/cwmh/bcmh1.aspx

Adult Cystic Fibrosis

Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH)

The Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH) is a health care 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.