Assistance for Ohio Residents: NUTRITIONAL ASSISTANCE
Ohio Food Stamp Program: The Ohio Food Stamp program is designed to raise nutritional levels, to expand buying power, and to safeguard the health and well being of individuals in low-income households in Ohio. A household may consist of an individual or a group of individuals who live together and usually purchase, prepare, and eat their food together.A useful fact sheet (pdf) describing the program can be found at: www.jfs.ohio.gov/factsheets/foodstamps.pdf
You can speak with a representative at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services regarding the program by calling:614-466-6282
To learn more information about Ohio Food Stamp program, please visit: www.jfs.ohio.gov/ofam/foodstamps.stm Ohio Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC): WIC helps income eligible pregnant and breastfeeding women, women who recently had a baby, infants, and children who are at health risk due to inadequate nutrition.To apply, set up an appointment at the WIC clinic closest to you: www.odh.ohio.gov/ASSETS/046B9B8112104A73A2ADFB940857E1E4/wicclinicdir.PDF . Please see the following Web Site for the income standard or maximum income limit for WIC eligibility: www.fns.usda.gov/wic/howtoapply/incomeguidelines.htm For more information on Ohio WIC, visit their website at: www.odh.ohio.gov/odhPrograms/ns/wicn/wic1.aspx HEALTHCARE ASSISTANCE Ohio Healthy Start (SCHIP): Ohio Healthy Start provides free or low-cost health insurance for families with children and pregnant women. This program is designed to provide increased access to health coverage for children in families with income too high to qualify for Medicaid but too low to afford private coverage. By calling the Consumer Hotline at 1-800-324-8680, hotline staff can provide general information or offer assistance in filling out the application. The hotline is staffed seven days a week. Families can also find applications at their local office of job & family services. Families can apply for Healthy Start by downloading and filling out the Combined Programs Application (CPA) - JFS Form #07216 which may be found at:www.jfs.ohio.gov/ohp/consumers/Application.stm Families may receive further information by visiting our website at: www.jfs.ohio.gov/ohp/consumers/HealthyStart.stm Medicare Premium Assistance Program (MPAP): Helps people eligible for Medicare who have limited income and assets get help in paying the cost of one or more of the following: §Medicare premium(s) §Medicare deductibles §Medicare coinsurance Eligibility Criteria: To qualify for MPAP, applicants must be eligible for Medicare and meet basic requirements. When applying for MPAP, proof of income, resources, age or disability, citizenship (if not a U.S. citizen) and other health insurance is required. No face-to-face interview with the local county department of job and family services is necessary. Applicants can ask an authorized representative to apply on their behalf. For more informationvisit www.jfs.ohio.gov or call 1-800-324-8680.
Healthy Families: Offers quality health coverage to families who meet certain income guidelines. This coverage includes: doctor visits, hospital care, prescriptions, immunizations, prenatal care, vision, dental, substance abuse and mental health services and much more!Families can apply for Healthy Families using the Combined Programs Application (CPA) - JFS Form #07216. By calling the Consumer Hotline at 1-800-324-8680, hotline staff can provide general information or offer assistance in filling out the application. The hotline is staffed seven days a week. Families can also find applications at their local office of job & family services.Additionally, families can get program information or download an application by visiting our website at www.state.oh.us/odjfs/ohp/Application.stm
PRESCRIPTION ASSISTANCE The Golden Buckeye Program: Is open to all Ohio residents age 60 or older and to adult residents age 18-59 if they have a disability as defined by Social Security. Eligible cardholders may benefit from discounts at merchants, and from the Prescription Drug Savings Program, by using their Golden Buckeye Card. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov/GoldenBuckeye/default.aspx or call 866-301-6446 for complete information about the Golden Buckeye Program. Ohio's "Best RX": A prescription drug discount card program designed to lower the cost of prescriptions for Ohio residents without prescription drug insurance coverage who are: §60 years of age or over; OR §Under age 60 with annual family incomes of less than 300% of the Federal Poverty Level To apply visit the website at www.ohiobestrx.org or call 1-866-923-7879. UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS Ohio Unemployment Compensation: Unemployment Insurance is an employer-paid insurance program that helps workers who are unemployed through no fault of their own. It provides temporary financial help to qualified individuals based on their previous earnings, while they are looking for other work.To apply for UC Benefits, an unemployed worker can telephone the toll-free number between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays: 877-644-6562.For more information on the Ohio Office of Unemployment Compensation, visit our web site at:www.jfs.ohio.gov/ouc/ Ohio Works First (OWF): Ohio Works First (OWF) is the financial assistance portion of Ohio's Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program. OWF was established to provide time-limited assistance to eligible residents.In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Ohio, either pregnant or responsible for a child under 19 years of age, a US national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident, have low or very low income, and be either under-employed (working for very low wages), unemployed or about to become unemployed.OWF provides cash benefits to eligible, needy families for up to 36 months.To apply for thisprogram, please contact the local administering agency near you: www.jfs.ohio.gov/workforce/jobseekers/onestopmap.stm To phone the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) about Ohio Works First, please call:614-466-6282.
ENERGY ASSISTANCE Ohio Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP): The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a Federally funded program administered by the Ohio Department of Development, Office of Community Service (OCS). It is designed to help eligible low-income Ohioans meet the high costs of home heating. HEAP provides a one-time payment for PUCO regulated utility customers for the winter heating season. Vouchers are issued to non-regulated utility customers, master-metered and other applicants who do not have a utility bill in their name.To learn more information about Ohio HEAP, visit:www.odod.state.oh.us/cdd/ocs/regheap.htm
Call HEAP toll-free during regular business hours (8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.) Monday through Friday at: 800-282-0880 Ohio Weatherization Assistance Program: The Ohio's Home Weatherization Assistance Program is a Federally funded, low-income residential energy efficiency program.An application for this program can be printed from the website listed below. Please complete and mail the application with the required documents to the address listed on the bottom of page 2 and mark Box4 for the Weatherization program:http://www.govbenefits.gov/govbenefits_en.portal... For additional inquiries, please contact the Office of Community Services at: 1-800-282-0880. HOUSING ASSISTANCE The Save the Dream foreclosure: Effort in Ohio is uniquely structured to include both governmental and private sector partners each deeply concerned about the foreclosure crisis facing Ohio, and we are working to provide you with the tools to save your dream—the American dream—of owning a home.Additional information for homeowner help can be found at www.com.ohio.gov/SaveThe Dream or by calling 1-888-404-4674. CHILDCARE ASSISTANCE Parents who are working or in school can apply for help to pay for their child care in the county where they live by contacting the county department of Job and Family Services (CDJFS). You must choose a licensed child care center, school-age program, head start, or a home provider (relative or non relative) or in-home aide that is certified by the CDJFS in order to get help. You will still be required to pay for part of your child care, called a fee or co-payment. The amount you pay is based on your income, family size and how many children that you have in child care. You may be eligible for help to pay for your child care if you receive cash from Ohio Works First (OWF) (formerly called ADC or welfare), if you no longer receive OWF cash assistance or if you never received OWF, but your income is low. You can get more information about the child care program from your County Department of Job and Family Services and at: www.jfs.ohio.gov
Angel Food Ministries: Is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing affordable high quality food to those in need. They are helping to ease the grocery burden on 500,000 families around the country each month.Generally, one unit of food assists in feeding a family of four for about one week for $30 or a single senior citizen for almost a month for $28. The food is all the same high quality one could purchase at a grocery store. There are no second-hand items, no damaged or out-dated goods, no dented cans without labels, no day-old breads and no produce that is almost too ripe. Also offered are specialty boxes such as steaks, chicken and pork. Many participants in this bonus program appreciate the expanded choices. Additionally, there is no limit to the number of units or bonus foods an individual can receive, and there are no applications to complete or qualifications to which participants must adhere. Angel Food Ministries also participates in the U.S. Food Stamp program, using the Off-Line Food Stamp Voucher system.Menus, pick-up locations and additional information can by found at www.angelfoodministries.com United Way 2-1-1 This is a free and confidential service that can provide assistance with the following: Basic Human Needs Resource: Food banks, clothing, shelters, rent assistance, utility assistance. Physical and Mental Health Resources: Medical information lines, crisis intervention services, support groups, counseling, drug and alcohol intervention, rehabilitation, health insurance programs, Medicaid and Medicare, maternal health, children’s health insurance programs. Employment Support: Unemployment benefits, financial assistance, job training, transportation assistance, education programs. Support for Older Americans and Persons with Disabilities: Home health care, adult day care, congregate meals, Meals on Wheels, respite care, transportation, and homemaker services. Support for Children, Youth and Families: Quality childcare, Success by 6, after school programs, Head Start, family resource centers, summer camps and recreation programs, mentoring, tutoring, protective services.
Free Prescription Discount Card:FamilyWize cards are distributed free of charge, nationwide, by the FamilyWize Community Service Partnership with participating United Ways.These discount cards offer savings of up to 30% or more at any of 55,000 participating pharmacies.For more information contact United Wayat 211 or visit www.familywize.org Phone:2-1-1 Website:www.211us.org Social Security: You can apply for retirement benefits online and also use the Retirement Estimator to calculate how much income you will receive depending on when you decide to retire.Applications should be made three months prior to retirement.Assistance with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs is also available.The website is www.socialsecurity.gov or call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 or 1-800-633-4227 for more information about the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program.
The Healthwell Foundation: Helps with out-of-pocket expenses such as co-pays and insurance premiums for people with specific conditions. Phone:800-675-8416 Website:www.healthwellfoundation.org
Cancercare: Offers financial help for those with cancer of all ages.Assistance may include homecare, childcare, transportation, medical equipment and prescription. Phone:800-813-4673 Website:www.cancercare.org AND www.cancercarecopay.org
Caring Voice Coalition Road: Offers financial resources for insurance premiums, medications, and Medicare co-pay assistance for the following diseases:Huntington’s Disease, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Defiency, Chronic Granulomatous Disease. Phone:888-267-1440 Website:www.caringvoice.org
American Cancer Society: Some local offices offer prescription assistance among other assistance Phone:800-ACS-2345 Website:www.cancer.org
Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Single Patient Investigational New Drug Program: Patients who are not eligible for a clinical trail and who are in an immediate medical crisis may be able to receive drugs that are not yet FDA-approved.Your doctor would have to apply to the FDA for permission to use the drug. Website:www.fda.gov/cder/cancer/singleIND.htm Hollyrod Foundation: Provides assistance in obtaining medications, treatments and therapies not covered by insurance.Also assistance obtaining adaptive equipment.Primarily for those with Parkinson’s disease. Phone:866-465-5976 Website:www.hollyrod.com
Caring Ambassador Lung Cancer Program: Provides a listing of Patient Assistance Programs and Pharmaceutical Company Patient Assistance Programs. Phone:503-632-9032 Website:www.lungcancercap.org The Brain Tumor Society: Financial assistance is given through the agency's BTS CARES Financial Assistance Program. This program provides supplementary financial assistance to individuals experiencing financial need. This program covers specific nonmedical costs related to a primary brain tumor diagnosis. Direct medical expenses are not covered. Phone: 1-800-770-8287 Website: www.tbts.org
National Brain Tumor Society: For patients of all ages with primary or metastatic brain tumors.Limited financial assistance for transportation, co-pay assistance, home care, child care and home adaptation. Phone:800-934-2873 Website:www.braintumor.org
Chronic Disease Fund: Helps underinsured patients with chronic disease, cancers or life-altering conditions obtain the expensive medications they need. Phone:(972) 712-0201 Website:www.cdfund.org The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: Helps patients meet their health insurance or Medicare Plan B or D premiums or co-payment obligations. Phone:877-557-2672 Website:www.LLS.org/copay National Organization for Rare Disorders: Assists uninsured or under-insured individuals in securing life-saving or life-sustaining medications.Offers co-payment assistance for Advanced Renal Cell Carcinoma, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuira. Phone: 800-999-6673 (voicemail only) or 203-744-0100 Website:www.rarediseases.org
Patient Advocate Foundation Colorectal Care Line: Limited financial grant for transportation reimbursement, temporary lodging, child-care and food costs associated with out of town treatment. Phone:866-657-8634 Website:www.colorectalcareline.org
Sarcoma Alliance: Grants up to $1000 to reimburse medial and other expenses directly related to getting a second opinion from a sarcoma specialist. Phone:415-381-7236 Website:www.sarcomaalliance.org Co-Pay Relief: Helps with a variety of illnesses and conditions.Assists patients who cannot access the treatments they need due to out-of-pocket health care costs including deductibles and co-payments. Phone:866-512-3861 Website:www.copays.org Partnership for Prescription Assistance: Offers access to more than 475 public and private patient assistance programs.Includes assistance for the uninsured. Phone:888-477-2669 Website:www.pparx.org Patient Access Network Foundation: Helps with out-of-pocket expenses for 20 different chronic diseases. Phone:866-316-7263 Website:www.patientaccessnetwork.org Patient Advocate Foundation’s Co-Pay Relief Program: Provides direct co-payment assistance for pharmaceutical products to insured patients who financially and medically qualify. Phone:866-512-3861 Website:www.copays.org Patient Services Incorporated: Provides health insurance premium assistance (including COBRA) and co-payment assistance for many conditions including asthma. Phone:800-366-7741 Website:www.uneedpsi.org
hRMA companies have long been worldwide leaders not only in pharmaceutical innovation, but also in philanthropic initiatives— and their long-standing patient assistance programs are especially helpful. This Directory, www.PPARx.org and 1-888-4PPA-NOW (1-888-477-2669), further their goal of helping to make medicines available to those who need them. 3M Pharmaceuticals 3M Pharmaceuticals Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-328-0255 | F 1-651-733-6068 Abbott Laboratories Abbott Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-222-6885 | F 1-866-898-1473 Abbott Virology Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-222-6885 | F 1-866-483-1305 HUMIRA Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-448-6472 | F 1-866-323-0661 Ross Medical Nutritionals Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-222-6885 | F 1-866-483-1305 Ross Metabolic Formula and Elecare Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-222-6885 | F 1-866-483-1305 Zemplar Patient Assistance Program P 1-877-936-7527 | F 1-877-936-7528 Amgen Encourage Foundation® (Enbrel) P 1-888-436-2735 | F 1-888-508-8083 Safety Net Foundation for Kineret P 1-866-546-3738 | F 1-866-203-4926 Safety Net Foundation for Sensipar P 1-800-272-9376 | F 1-800-508-8090 Safety Net Program P 1-800-272-9376 | F 1-888-508-8090 Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Amylin Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-330-7647 Astellas Pharma US Inc. Prograf and Protopic Patient Assistance Programs P 1-800-477-6472 AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, LP AstraZeneca Foundation Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-424-3727 Aventis Pharmaceuticals Inc. Lovenox Reimbursement Services and Patient Assistance Program P 1-888-632-8607 | F 1-888-875-9951 Sanofi-Aventis Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-221-4025 Bayer Pharmaceuticals Corporation Bayer Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-998-9180 Nexavar REACH Program P 1-866-639-2827 Berlex Laboratories, Inc. Arch Foundation P 1-877-393-9071 Berlex Inc. Patient Assistance Program P 1-888-237-5394, option 6 | F 1-973-305-3545 Berlex Oncology Reimbursement Support Line P 1-800-321-4669 The Betaseron Foundation P 1-800-948-5777 | F 1-877-744-5615 Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Boehringer Ingelheim CARES Foundation, Inc. P 1-800-556-8317 | F 1-866-851-2827 Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Bristol-Myers Squibb Patient Assistance Foundation, Inc. P 1-800-736-0003 | F 1-800-736-1611 Bristol-Myers Squibb Patient Assistance Foundation, Inc. (Abilify) P 1-800-736-0003 | F 1-800-598-5561 Bristol-Myers Squibb Patient Assistance Foundation, Inc. (Oncology/Virology) P 1-800-736-0003 | F 1-866-694-2545 Celgene Corporation Patient Support Solutions P 1-888-423-5436, option 3 | F 1-800-822-2496 Centocor, Inc. Patient Assistance Program for Remicade P 1-866-489-5957 | F 1-866-489-5958 Cephalon, Inc. Actiq PAP P 1-888-337-2579 | F 1-240-632-3092 Gabitril PAP P 1-866-209-7589 | F 1-866-209-7596 Provigil PAP P 1-800-675-8415 Eisai Inc. Aciphex Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-523-5870 | F 1-800-526-6651 Aricept Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-226-2072 | F 1-800-226-2059 Fragmin Patient Assistance Program P 1-866-272-8804 | F 1-866-272-8805 Patients in Need (Zonegran) P 1-866-694-2550 | F 1-866-801-5631 Eli Lilly and Company Lilly Cares P 1-800-545-6962 Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Enzon Hotline for Abelcet, Depocyt and Oncaspar P 1-800-345-2252 Genzyme Corporation The Charitable Access Program (CAP) P 1-800-745-4447, ext. 16634 GlaxoSmithKline Bridges to Access P 1-866-728-4368 Commitment to Access P 1-866-265-6491
Johnson & Johnson Wound Management, A Division of Ethicon, Inc. Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-652-6227 | F 1-888-526-5168 McNeil Consumer and Specialty Pharmaceuticals Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-652-6227 | F 1-888-526-5168 Merck and Co., Inc. ACT (Accessing Coverage Today) for EMEND P 1-866-363-6379 | F 1-866-363-6389 The Merck Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-727-5400 Merck Prescription Discount Card P 1-800-506-3725 The SUPPORT Program for Crixivan Reimbursement Support and Patient Assistance Services for Crixivan P 1-800-850-3430 Merck/Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals Merck/Schering-Plough Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-347-7503 Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. VELCADE Reimbursement Assistance Program P 1-866-835-2233 Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation Clozaril Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-277-2254 Gleevac Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-277-2254 Novartis Oncology Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-277-2254 Novartis Patient Assistance Program for Transplant Patients P 1-800-277-2254 Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-277-2254 Sandostatin/Sandostatin LAR Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-277-2254 Visudyne Patient Assistance Program P 1-877-736-2778 Novo Nordisk Inc. Novo Nordisk Diabetes Patient Assistance Program P 1-866-310-7549 | F 1-908-429-8764 Novo Nordisk Hormone Therapy Patient Assistance Program P 1-866-668-6336 Ortho Biotech Products, L.P. DOXILine P 1-800-609-1083 | F 1-800-987-5572 ORTHOVISCline P 1-866-633-8472 | F 1-800-987-5572 PROCRITline P 1-800-553-3851 | F 1-800-987-5572 Ortho-McNeil Neurologics, Inc. Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-652-6227 | F 1-888-526-5168 Ortho Women’s Health & Urology, A Unit of Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc. Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-652-6227 | F 1-888-526-5168 OrthoNeutrogena, A Division of Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc. Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-652-6227 | F 1-888-526-5168 Pfizer Inc Pfizer Helpful Answers P 1-800-706-2400 Single point of access to all Pfizer programs Aricept Patient Assistance Program P 1-800-226-2072 | F 1-800-226-2059 Connection to Care P 1-800-707-8990 | F 1-866-470-1748 FirstRESOURCE (Oncology) P 1-877-744-5675 | F 1-800-708-3430 Fragmin Patient Assistance Program P 1-866-272-8804 | F 1-866-272-8805 Macugen Access Program P 1-866-272-8838 Meijer Free Antibiotics Amoxicillin, Cephalexin, SMZ-TMP, Ciproflaxacin, Penicillin VK, Ampicillin and Erythromycin. FREE prenatal vitamins are available at all Meijer stores in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. Wal-Mart: $4 prescriptions for some generic drugs Kmart: $15 for 90-day supply of 184 generic prescriptions Publix: Has some FREE antibiotics and offers FREE prenatal vitamins Schnucks: Offers FREE generic oral antibiotics at all stores which are located in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee and Iowa.