Because it’s a chronic illness, diabetes can be a drain on your family’s finances. You may be eligible for assistance with insurance coverage, transportation and mail order prescriptions.
Hoosier Healthwise is a health insurance program offered by the State of Indiana for children from birth up to age 19. It covers check-ups, well-child visits, doctor visits, hospital stays and prescription drugs, as well as vision and dental care. In general, there are no deductibles, copayments or premiums for children enrolled in Hoosier Healthwise. Eligibility is based on family income.
How do I apply?
You can apply at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, on the first floor at the Children with Special Needs office or online [link: www.in.gov/fssa/ompp/2544.htm]. When you apply, make sure you have proof of your family's income, like tax forms or pay stubs (you will need three). You will also need your child's Social Security number and, in some cases, proof of his or her immigration status.
Indiana Children’s Special Health Care Services is a supplemental insurance program that assists children from birth through age 21, who need health services as the result of chronic illness or disability. You must meet medical and financial criteria.
To apply, contact your local county Division of Family Resources, First Steps Agency or Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.
To complete the application, you will need these documents:
- Your child’s birth certificate
- Proof of residence (rent or property payment receipt, voter’s registration, driver’s license)
- Health insurance information
- Proof of income for all household members (most recently filed federal income tax forms, three consecutive and current paycheck stubs, all Government Award letters, private/public pension information)
A family with a before-tax income no greater than 250 percent of the federal poverty level may be eligible for the program. The financial level changes every year. For example, in 2012, a family of four could qualify with a gross income of up to $57,625.
For eligible applicants, services may include:
- Diagnostic evaluations
- Comprehensive well-child and sick-child care
- Specialty care and other services related to the eligible medical conditions
- Prescription drugs
- Routine dental care
Indiana Comprehensive Health Insurance Association (ICHIA)
PO Box 33730
Indianapolis, IN 46203-0730
800.552.7921 or 317.614.2133
ICHIA is a health insurance program for Indiana residents who have trouble getting or keeping health insurance due to a medical problem. ICHIA was created by the Indiana legislature to offer healthcare to residents through the participation of health insurance companies. The program administrator is Acordia Healthcare Inc.
- You must be a resident of Indiana.
- You cannot have other insurance coverage.
- You have received one rejection notification from a health insurer. (Note: If you have any specific medical condition on the ICHIA list, you do not need rejection notification.)
When you enroll in ICHIA, you will have four health plans to choose from. These plans differ in the amount of the premium, deductible and coinsurance payment. These plans are described in detail in a brochure from ICHIA. You will be able to choose how often you make premium payments—monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or annually. Your rate is based on area, age and sex, and is subject to change. Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance are not accepted.
If you receive Medicaid (which includes Hoosier Healthwise), you may be able to get free transportation to and from your child’s scheduled appointments. Arrange the transportation two to four business days before appointments.
When you call to arrange transportation, have the following information available:
- Date and time of appointment
- Where the appointment is scheduled
- Doctor’s name and doctor’s phone number
- Child’s Medicaid number
Anthem Medicaid LCP Transportation: 800.508.7230
MD Wise: 800.356.1204
Traditional Medicaid: You will need to find a local provider. Please call the 211 Helpline or the Traditional Medicaid Helpline at 800.433.0746.