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Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps

BCMH Mission

The 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.

What does BCMH really 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 Galion City 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.

Who is eligible?

Diagnostic

  • 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

Treatment

  • 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)

*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

Reporting changes in your Health Insurance or Medicaid:
Attention Parents with Health Insurance/Medicaid

Renewal Information:
BCMH Renewal Info

Links

BCMH Official Website

Additional BCMH Programs

How to Enroll

Frequently Asked Questions

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