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Ohio: Children with Medical Handicaps Program (BCMH)

Insurance InfoThe Children with Medical Handicaps Program (BCMH) is a health care program in the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). BCMH links families of children with special health care needs to a network of quality providers and helps families obtain payment for the services their children need.

BCMH is a state-administered program that operates within ODH. BCMH receives funding for services from the federal Maternal and Child Health Block Grant, state general revenue funds, county tax funds, third-party reimbursements and donations. BCMH promotes early identification of children with handicapping conditions and treatment of those children by appropriate health care providers.

Medical Eligibility Criteria

For the BCMH Diagnostic Program, a child must:

  • Be under the age of 21
  • Be a permanent resident of Ohio
  • Be under the care of a BCMH-approved doctor (MD or DO)
  • Have a possible special health care need


Adult Hemophilia Insurance Premium Program (HIPP). HIPP helps with payment of health insurance premiums for persons over 21 years of age, with hemophilia or a related bleeding disorder, who meet the eligibility criteria as defined in Ohio Administrative Code 3701-43-16.1.

Premium Payment Assistance Program

Families who are using a COBRA option or who are paying annual health insurance premiums that are equal to or greater than 2.5 percent of their adjusted gross annual income and whose child is enrolled in the BCMH treatment program may be eligible for this program.

To enroll, fill out the following application: Please call your HTC social worker for help with the complete application or public health care nurse for further referrals.

Bleeding Disorder Takeaways for Ohio

  • BCMH may assist with Medicare, COBRA, or Commercial premiums if you are have difficulty meeting the costs. This is dependent on the severity and cost of your bleeding disorder.
  • BCMH only pays for expenses resulting from your bleeding disorder including co-morbidities
  • BCMH is NOT an insurance plan. It is a program to assist with copays and deductibles and should not be used as a primary insurance policy.