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MedEd Connections Resource Guides: Blind and Visually Impaired

Financial Aid for Eye Care

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Sources of Assistance for Medical Expenses and Obtaining Services

Prevent Blindness.Org

Phone: (800) 331-2020

This website contains information about organizations and programs offering vision care financial assistance. The website also includes information about health insurance, managing finances, preserving vision, getting children ready for school, doctor visits, and more.

Ohio Job and Family Services (OJFS)

Ohio has three ways to apply for cash, food and medical assistance:

  1. You can apply online at
  2. You can fill out a "Request for Cash, Food and Medical Assistance" (JFS 7200) form and submit it to your county agency. You can get the form at the OJFS website or by visiting your county agency. You can find the address and phone number of your county agency on the OJFS website or by looking in the county government section of your phone book. Some county agencies have multiple locations so make sure to call first to find the location nearest you. You can also register to vote at your county agency. 
  3. You may also turn to your local Ohio Benefit Bank site for assistance with applying. The Ohio Benefit Bank helps low- and moderate-income Ohioans apply for work supports such as tax credits and public benefits, including Ohio Works First. To find the Ohio Benefit Bank site nearest you and to get more information, go to


Nationwide Children’s Hospital Financial Assistance Programs

Phone: (614) 722-2070

Nationwide Children’s Hospital is committed to offering financial assistance to people who have healthcare needs and are not able to pay for care. Patients must use all other resources, including application to the local Department of Job and Family Services, before financial assistance will be considered. Eligibility for assistance is based upon total gross income (how much you make before taxes), and the number of dependents in the family. People who have unusual situations may receive further consideration.

Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps

Phone: (614) 466-1700

The Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH) is a health care program that is part of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). BCMH links families of children with special health care needs to a list of quality providers. They help eligible low-income families obtain payment for their child’s health care needs.

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