As you prepare the young person in your care for independence by teaching them about doing laundry, cooking, cleaning, and managing finances, remember that it is also important to teach them about healthcare. Below is a list of healthcare self-management skills young people need to navigate when they are independent. We have offered some suggestions for activities you can do with them to help them learn these skills.
If you do not have a primary care physician, the first thing you should do is find a doctor that will accept your insurance. A reliable source in finding eligible physicians is:
To find a physician, select your health plan, insurance program, what kind of doctor you’d like to see, as well as your zip code, and it will pull up all of the providers in your area that match your requirements.
*NOTE This website only lists healthcare providers that accept Medicaid.
Since youth in foster care are not permitted to have a license, public transportation can be one of the only ways they can get around. Teaching public transportation at an early age is important so the child gets used to riding the bus, the bus route, and how much money they need to bring.
Try taking the bus when you go places with your child instead of driving. Going places like downtown, parks, or food by taking the bus is a great way to get your child used to public transptoration.
Use link above for Cincinnati’s Public Transporation routes.
Transportation is available through Medicaid*, and is preferred over taking an ambulance, unless it is a true emergency. Ambulance rides can cost thousands of dollars, which will heavily add cost to your ER bill.
*Let your child know that they have to call the hotline to schedule their ride a week before their appointment.
Medicaid Transportation Hotline
513-946-1000 option 6
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call the toll free number on your Medicaid card
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