My Child's Care

If you do not have a pediatrician, the first thing you should do is to find one that will accept your insurance. A reliable source in finding an eligible pediatrician is:

ohiomh.com/providersearch

To find a pediatrician, select your health plan, insurance program, 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. Select physician as provider type and enter age of your child.

After you receive your list, the next step is to communicate with the pediatrician’s office. The easiest way to communicate is by calling the number listed and asking the receptionist if the pediatrician is taking any additional patients. Make sure you have all of the information below before you make the call.

New visits are usually scheduled several weeks in advance, so you should call when your child is healthy. Calling ahead will ensure that you have a place to go when your child needs medical help.

Don’t get discouraged if a pediatrician is unable to accept you as a new patient, just move on to the next pediatrician on the list.

Your Child’s Insurance/ Medicaid card

The pediatrician’s office will likely want to know the type of insurance, insurance billing number, etc.

Your Child’s Social Security Number

Your Child’s Date of Birth

Address and Contact Info

Provide a valid phone number so that the office can reach you.

Contact from Previous Provider

Know the contact info of any past pediatricians your child has had.

Calendar and Schedule

Write down the time and date of your appointment on your calendar or schedule.

When you need to schedule an appointment for your child you will need the following things:

Your Child’s Insurance/ Medicaid card

Please bring your child’s insurance or Medicaid card with you to your appointments, so your bill can be processed.

Co-payment or Prepayment

If your child’s health plan has a co-payment or pre-payment requirement, please bring your payment with you.

Medications List

Bring a list of your child’s current prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins or supplements, as well as a list of known drug allergies.

Any Notes about Health Concerns

Some patients find it helpful to write a few notes about the symptoms their child is experiencing as well as any other health concerns.

Your Child’s Name

Your Child’s Date of Birth & Social Security number

Reason for your Child’s appointment

Any Previous Medical Records*

* Your child’s new pediatrician will want medical records of previous care. If you need help transferring records, ask the staff when you call to schedule your appointment.

For the safety of your child it’s very important to vaccinate your child. Below is a recommended immunization schedule for your child from birth to age 6.

WIC stands for Women, Infants, and Children. It is a special supplemental nutrition program for women who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or postpartum. WIC also helps women who have children under age 5. Click the link below to see the location of the closest WIC services:

wicprograms.org

WIC Provided Services:

  • Nutrition education and counseling
  • Nutritious food
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Infant formula

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