Patient Support and Financial Resources
Kidney Foundation of Greater Cincinnati - Medication Aid Program
Offers qualified kidney patients financial assistance to offset medication costs.
National Kidney Foundation Serving Ohio and Kentucky
Offers emergency financial assistance to patients with limited funds living in Ohio and Kentucky.
Ohio Department of Health/Bureau of Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH)
Offers programs that will find and help pay for medical services for children under 21 who are residents of Ohio and have a Medical Handicap
Giant Eagle Supermarkets
Provides certain oral diabetes medications for free.
Prescriptions will be filled for up to 100 tablets; refills are also free. The specific medication(s) in the program may change from time to time; as of 4/20/10, metformin (Glucophage) was available.
Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland/Lend Each Other A Helping Hand (LEAH) Program
This program provides a 30-day supply of strips, lancets, and syringes to diabetics who are residents of the service area.
Quality Improvement Organization
Quality Improvement Organizations receive and investigate patient grievances relating to quality of care generally (e.g., complaints regarding physicians, hospitals, or outpatient facilities other than dialysis facilities). They usually attempt to mediate any disputes brought to their attention. They also engage in quality improvement activities unrelated to patient complaints. Quality Improvement Organizations operate under contracts with the federal Medicare agency.
State Health Insurance Assistance Program
State Health Insurance Assistance Programs offer one-on-one counseling and assistance to people with Medicare and their families regarding eligibility and coverage. State Health Insurance Assistance Programs operate under contracts with the federal Medicare agency.
ESRD Networks receive and investigate patient grievances relating to dialysis care. They usually attempt to mediate any disputes brought to their attention. They also engage in quality improvement activities unrelated to patient complaints. ESRD Networks operate under contracts with the federal Medicare agency.
#9 ESRD Network "The Renal Network"
911 E. 86th Street, Suite 202
Indianapolis, IN 46240
State Run Programs
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
- Adult Programs: Ohio Medicaid offers a span of programs for older adults and people with disabilities to assist with medical expenses. These programs provide health care coverage consisting of primary and acute-care benefit packages along with long-term care.
- Programs for Children: Ohio Healthy Families Health care coverage program for families that include a child younger than 19 and who meet income requirements.
- Medication Programs: Ohio's Best Rx Prescription drug discount card program for seniors and low-income individuals.
- Additional Programs: Working Ohioans with disabilities may be interested in the Medicaid Buy-In for Workers with Disabilities program.
Organ Donor Registry
Organ donation can save as many eight lives through transplantation. There are nearly 100,000 kidney patients on the transplant list with only 10,000 donors. This disparity leads to an average wait time of 3-5 years to receive a transplant. To learn more about joining the registry, please visit the resources listed below.
Health Reform Status
- Exchange: The federal government will run the health insurance exchange in Ohio.
- Medicaid: The state will expand Medicaid eligibility
Legislative Session Schedule
Convenes: January 7, 2103
Adjourns: December 31, 2014 (estimated)