BCMH

BCMHThe mission of the Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps 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 which are family-centered, community-based, and culturally competent. Click here to check out the BCMH program brochure

 

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What BCMH can do for families?

  • Children with special health care needs are linked to specialty physicians for care.
  • BCMH then helps families obtain payment for needed health services for these special health care needs.
  • Think of it as a “safety net” health care program – covering your medical bills as a private insurance or the medical card would – BCMH covers remaining costs after these two insurances have paid and also may cover services that they do not cover at all.
  • A public health nurse from Knox County Health Department manages your coverage and assists you with all your needs and concerns – including applying for coverage, renewal, locating BCMH physicians, getting special services approved for coverage, routine home visits and health assessments, and anything else you might need related to your BCMH coverage.

What programs does BCMH offer?

  • Diagnostic – Short-term coverage (9 months) to diagnose or rule out a chronic medical condition, or to establish a plan of treatment for the qualifying chronic medical condition.
  • Treatment – Long-term coverage to manage a chronic medical condition until the child is 21.
  • Cost Share  - Coverage for over- income families who might have limited insurance or a high deductible. Once the cost share is met, BCMH can approve payment for treatment.  The family’s own health insurance whether private or Medicaid is always the primary insurance, but BCMH can save families thousands in deductible costs and co-payments. BCMH is a combined program with Medicaid, but families can qualify for BCMH treatment or cost share with a higher income.

Who is eligible?

For the Diagnostic Program

  • Children birth to 21 years of age
  • Permanent resident of Ohio with intent to remain in the State
  • Under the care of a BCMH-credentialed physician
  • Have a possible chronic medical condition to be diagnosed or ruled-out
  • There is NO financial requirement

For the Treatment Program

  • Diagnosed with an eligible chronic medical condition
  • Children birth to 21 years of age
  • Permanent resident of Ohio with intent to remain in the State
  • Under the care of a BCMH-credentialed physician
  • Meets financial criteria (income requirements)

For the Cost Share Program

  • Diagnosed with an eligible chronic medical condition
  • Children birth to 21 years of age
  • Permanent resident of Ohio with intent to remain in the State
  • Under the care of a BCMH-credentialed physician
  • Exceeds financial criteria (income requirements). BCMH will determine deductible.

Examples of eligible chronic medical conditions

Birth defects, Cerebral palsy, Spina bifida, Congenital heart defects, Hearing loss, Cystic fibrosis, Diabetes, Severe vision disorders, Cleft lip/palate, Hemophilia, Sickle Cell disease, AIDS, Scoliosis, Epilepsy, Juvenile arthritis, Chronic pulmonary disease, Cancer, and many more.

Forms

Application Forms:

Combined Program Application

Release of Information and Consent

Medical Application 

Reporting changes in your Health Insurance or Medicaid:

Attention Parents with Health Insurance/Medicaid

Renewal Information:

BCMH Renewal Info

 

 

 

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