Funding is a big concern for families who have children with special health care needs.  Often eligible families can access "family resource" dollars through their county's Department of Developmental Disabilities to help offset the costs of medical expenses.  There are also a number of local and national organizations that families can apply to for grants and scholarships that can help.  Below is a listing of funding resources for parents.
  • The Ohio Department of Insurance has an abuandance of good consumer information on all types of insurance and health care reform issues.
  • The Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities has developed lists of possible funding providers for grants and scholarships plus has some great tips for families on how to apply.
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  • Act Today is a fundraising foundation whose main function is to distribute money to families in the Toledo area so they can have their children diagnosed, treated, and move forward in living with Autism.
  • FinAid provides a list of scholarship and fellowship opportunities for students with disabilities.
  • FirstHand Foundation provides grants for treatment, equipment, displacement and vehicle modifications.
  • Foundation for the Challenged  provides grants to help people with developmental disabilities transition into community living and enhance accessibility and their quality of life.
  • The Grottoes of North America Humanitarian Foundation is a nonprofit organization which helps children with special needs cover the costs of dental treatment, including hospital and anesthesia costs when needed.
  • Keystone Foundation provides referrals and funding for legal fees related to estate future financial planning for individuals with disabilities.
  • National AMBUCS, Inc. creates independence for people with disabilities through various forms of community service, bikes, trikes, and scholarships to therapists.
  • Project iAm is a local organization that provides scholarship opportunities to children living with Autism.
  • Special Kids Therapy (SKT) is a local non-profit charity that assists families of children with special health care needs in Ohio obtain alternative therapies or necessities that have the potential to significantly enhance the quality of life for the child through scholarship assistance.
  • Sunshine Foundation answers dreams of chronically ill, seriously ill, physically challenged and abused children ages 3-18 whose families cannot afford due to child's illness. For more information contact
  • United Healthcare Children's Foundation provides medical assistance grants up to $5000.
  • Variety Children's Charity Kids on the Go! provides funding for walkers, wheelchairs, specially-designed adaptive bikes, strollers, prosthetic limbs to families in need.
  • Wheel to Walk Foundation provides financial assistance through scholarships for anything from leg braces, bath chairs, gait trainers to therapy tricycles and wheelchairs.
  • Zane's Foundation Inc provides financial support to families of special needs children through funds designated for respite care, therapies, or other assistive equipment.
  • Go Fund Me is a personal fundraising website that parents of special needs children can set up to raise funds for equipment or therapies that their children may need.
  • GoGetFunding is a crowdfunding website that lets you raise money for anything that matters to you. From personal causes and events to projects and more.
  • Kaiser Family Foundation is a great website for health care/insurance information.  It contains especially good info, summaries, videos, etc  on the Affordable Care Act and how to obtain coverage and how the ACA impacts people.
  • The Lindsay Foundation is a non-profit organization whose primary goal is to assist families with resources necessary to provide medical treatment, therapies, and rehabilitative equipment in order to improve the quality of life for their special needs children.
  • Christopher's Promise is a grass-root, non-profit initiative that provides children with special circumstances with proper adaptive equipment.
  • Prescription Assistance: Charities and Co-Pay Relief Programs
  • American Diabetes Association Prescription Assistance
    • Information about financial assistance programs provided by pharmaceutical companies that make diabetes medications and supplies.
      • 800.342.2383
  • Assistance Fund Co-Pay Assistance Program
  • Cancer Care Co-Pay Assistance Foundation
  • Caring Voice Coalition Financial Assistance Program
    • Premium or co-pay assistance available to individuals with chronic illnesses.  Can have other insurance.  Eligibility guidelines apply.
  • Chronic Disease Fund, Inc.
    • Co-pay assistance available for specific diseases and drugs.  Must have other insurance.  Eligibility guidelines apply.
  • Healthwell Foundation
    • Assistance with co-pays and premiums for selected diseases.  Must have other insurance.  Eligibility guidelines apply.
  • National Organization for Rare Disorders
  • Patient Access Network Foundation
    • Helps with co-pays for drugs used to treat certain cancers and chronic diseases.  Can have other insurance. Eligibility guidelines apply.
  • Patient Advocate Foundation Co-Pay Relief
    • Co-pay assistance available for certain chronic conditions.  Portion of the drug co-pay must be covered by other insurance in order to receive.  Eligibility guidelines apply.
  • Patient Services Incorporated
    • Drug co-pay assistance for specific diseases.  Full or partial assistance. Can have other insurance. Eligibility guidelines apply.
  • RxHope

Prescription Assistance-Drug Assistance Cards

  • Discount Cards by County-National Association of Counties (NACO)
    • Can print a card directly from the website for immediate use.
      • 877.321.2652
  • Needy Meds
  • Easy Drug Card

Additional Prescription Assistance Information

  • Patient Assistance Programs (PAPs)
    • PAPs are programs provided directly by the pharmaceutical company and individuals who qualify can obtain the prescription at a discounted price or free.  Each PAP has its own set of eligibility requirements and application process.  You can determine if a PAP is available for a specific drug by visiting
      • RxAssist allows you to search for a PAP by prescription drug or drug manufacturer and print out individual PAP applications.  The application usually requires the individual and the prescribing physician to complete and submit the application.  Please note, assistance received from a PAP does not count towards TrOOP.
  • $4 Generic Drug Programs
    • Many retail pharmacies offer 30-day supply generic prescription medications for $4 (or $10 for a 90-day supply).  Individuals can look on-line or visit the retail pharmacy and ask for a list of the generics that are offered for this discount.  They can ask their doctor to review the list and determine if any of the generics on the list can be effective alternatives to medications they are currently taking. If so, the prescrition can be filled without going through their Part D plan.
      • Remember, any generic medications purchased out-of-pocket WILL count toward the beneficiary's true out-of-pocket cost and toward catastrophic coverage with their Part D plan as long as they send in the receipt to the plan.  Some retail pharmacies that offer the $4 Generic Drug Program include CVS, Kmart,j Kroger, Meijer, Target and Walmart.   Check with your local pharmacy to find out if they offer a program.
  • Free Antibiotics at Meijer's Pharmacy
    • Meijer's Pharmacy offers the following antibiotics for free with a doctor's prescription: Amoxicillin, Ampicillin, Cephalexin, Ciprofloxacin, Erthromycin, Penicillin VK, SMZ-TMP. 
      • Individuals are eligible for a 14-day supply for normal oral dosages and must be picked up at the pharmacy in person.  Visit for additional information.
  • Internet Drug Coupons
    • Drug manufacturers offer prescription drug coupons on websites like  These coupons cannot be used with Medicare Part D but can be used for excluded drugs, non-formulary drugs, or during the donut hole if the coupon savings would exceed the brand name and generic discounts.
  • Needy Meds
  • CoverMyMeds
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