Health Information and Resources

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  • The 1915(C) HOME & COMMUNITY-BASED WAIVERS are one of many options available to states to allow the provision of long term care services in home and community-based settings under the Medicaid Program. States can offer a variety of services under an HCBS Waiver program. Programs can provide a combination of standard medical services and non-medical services. Standard services include but are not limited to case management (i.e. supports and service coordination), homemaker, home health aide, personal care, adult day health services, habilitation (both day and residential), and respite care. States can also propose “other” types of services that may assist in diverting and/or transitioning individuals from institutional settings into their homes and community.  Search for waivers in your state:
  • The CENTERS FOR MEDICARE & MEDICAID SERVICES is an agency within the US Department of Health & Human Services responsible for the administration of several key federal health care programs including Medicare and Medicaid.    
  • FAMILY VOICES provides families resources and support to make informed decisions, advocate for improved public and private policies, build partnerships among families and professionals, and serve as a trusted resource on health care.   888-835-5669
  • The GOT TRANSITION/CENTER FOR HEALTH CARE TRANSITION IMPROVEMENT goal is to improve transition from pediatric to adult health care through the use of new and innovative strategies for health professionals and youth and families.   202-223-1500
  • HEALTHCARE.GOV is your health insurance marketplace.    800-318-2596
  • The HEALTHCARE HOSPITALITY NETWORK, INC. is a nationwide professional association of nearly 200 unique, nonprofit organizations that provide lodging and support services to patients, families and their loved ones who are receiving medical treatment far from their home communities.    800-542-9730
  • Health Center Locator from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).
  • HEALTHFINDER.GOV is a government website where you will find information and tools to help you and those you care about stay healthy.
  • INSURE KIDS NOW! Is the place to learn about coverage options for your family or help us spread the word about free or low-cost health insurance coverage!    877-543-7669
  • MEDICAID & THE CHILDREN’S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM (CHIP) provides health coverage to millions of Americans.  Medicaid includes eligible low-income adults, children, pregnant women, elderly adults and people with disAbilities.  CHIP provides health coverage to eligible children, through both Medicaid and separate CHIP programs. Both programs are funded jointly by states and the federal government.   877-267-2323
  • MEDICAID NON-EMERGENCY MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION is an important benefit for beneficiaries who need to get to and from medical services, but have no means of transportation.  The Code of Federal Regulations requires states to ensure eligible, qualified Medicaid beneficiaries have NEMT to take them to and from providers.  However, every state’s Medicaid program is different. For more information contact the Regional Office serving your state.    877-267-2323
  • MEDICARE is the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, certain younger people with disAbilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease.
  • The NATIONAL CENTER ON HEALTH, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND DISABILITY seeks to help people with disAbility and other chronic health conditions achieve health benefits through increased participation in all types of physical and social activities, including fitness and aquatic activities, recreational and sports programs, adaptive equipment usage, and more.   800-900-8086
  • The NATIONAL HEALTH INFORMATION CENTER helps connect health professionals and consumers to the organizations that can best answer their questions by providing up-to-date contact information for the most reliable resources.   800-336-4797
  • The OFFICE OF MINORITY HEALTH RESOURCE CENTER is a one-stop source for minority health literature, research and referrals for consumers, community organizations and health professionals.  800-444-6472
  • Find your STATE TITLE V PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL HEALTH CARE NEEDS that provides family-centered, community-based, coordinated systems of care.

ALABAMA Health Information and Resources

  • Alabama Department of Insurance
  • The Alabama HIPP Program is designed to save money for Medicaid families with high health care costs by eliminating most out-of-pocket medical expenses for qualifying Medicaid recipients. The program also helps Medicaid recipients by reimbursing a policyholder for the cost of health insurance provided by an employer or COBRA. In some cases, recipients may qualify to receive reimbursement for the cost of a family health insurance policy premium. HIPP membership is completely free for those who qualify! With HIPP, Alabama Medicaid recipients not only keep their Medicaid coverage, they continue to receive benefits of their group health insurance. A Toll-free phone: 1-855-MyALHIPP (855-692-5447) Email:
  • Alabama Medicaid is a state/federal program that pays for medical and long-term care services for low-income pregnant women, children, certain people on Medicare, individuals with disabilities and nursing home residents. These individuals must meet certain income and other requirements. If you have questions about applying for Medicaid, call 1-800-362-1504 toll-free for help. Apply online. Visit the Alabama Medicaid website at:
  • Alabama Medicaid Home and Community Based Waiver Programs – are available to eligible Medicaid recipients who are at risk of needing care in a nursing home, hospital or other institution. Clients must meet financial, medical and program requirements and must be willing to receive services in their homes or communities. Waiver program enrollment is limited and a waiting period may be necessary. To download information about all Medicaid Waivers here:
  • Alabama Public Health Telehealth Network – The purpose of the Alabama Department of Public Health is to provide caring, high quality, and professional services for the improvement and protection of the public’s health through disease prevention and the assurance of public services to resident and transient populations of the state regardless of social circumstances or the ability to pay. The Department of Public Health works closely with the community to preserve and protect the public’s health and to provide caring, quality services. 334-206-5618 More info: Michael Smith 334-206-5631,
  • ALL KIDS – Families with children aged 19 and under who are not covered by health insurance plans or covered by parent’s or guardian’s insurance plans, may apply for low-cost, comprehensive health care coverage through the state. Coverage is provided by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama Preferred Provider Organization (PPO), and includes both medical and dental insurance with premiums costing $50 to $100 per child, per year, as of September, 2010. Parents must apply every year and prove they meet the income requirements, and children must not be eligible or Medicaid. Alabama Department of Public Health, The RSA Tower, 201 Monroe St., Montgomery, Ala. 36104 888-373-KIDS (5437)
  • Children’s Rehabilitation Service (CRS) (birth to 21) is a statewide organization of skilled professionals providing quality medical, rehabilitative, coordination and support services for children with special health care needs and their families. Every county in Alabama is served through a network of 15 community-based offices Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Service State Office 800-441-7607
  • Complex Child is a monthly online magazine written by parents of children with special healthcare needs and disabilities. It is intended to provide medical information, along with personal experiences, in simple language that other parents can understand. Articles are on a wide variety of topics ranging from basic information on medical conditions and treatments to advice on how to beat insurance company denials.
  • Health Insurance Finder If you need or know someone who needs assistance finding health insurance, has a great tool to assist you! Quoted from the site: “This tool will help you find the health insurance best suited to your needs, whether it’s private insurance for individuals, families, and small businesses, or public programs that may work for you. It was created to help consumers under the health insurance reform law, the Affordable Care Act.” Go to: 
  • The Health Insurance Marketplace will help you find health coverage that fits your budget and meets your needs. Whether you’re uninsured, or just want to explore your choices, the Marketplace can help you find a plan that’s right for you. 1-800-318-2596 TTY 1-855-889-4325 
  • Medicare
  • Partnership for Prescription Assistance
  • Patient Advocate Foundation‘s Patient Services provides patients with arbitration, mediation and negotiation to settle issues with access to care, medical debt, and job retention related to their illness. (800) 532-5274
  • Shriners Hospitals for Children has a mission to: Provide the highest quality care to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and other special healthcare needs within a compassionate, family-centered and collaborative care environment. Provide for the education of physicians and other healthcare professionals. Conduct research to discover new knowledge that improves the quality of care and quality of life of children and families. Children up to age 18 are eligible for admission to Shriners Hospitals for Children® if, in the opinion of our physicians, there is a reasonable possibility they can benefit from the specialized services available. Acceptance is based solely on a child’s medical needs. Patient Referal/Eligibilty Information 800-237-5055
  • STAR is “the go to place for AT (assistive technology)” in Alabama!  The new website has the inventory available in “real time”, an account you can use to place “want ads” for the items you need that you do not see on the listing and a contact list for each of the “Participating Programs”. If you do not see an item you need, you can either place a “want ad”, which is monitored daily, or you can give the Center closest to you a call and ask to be placed on a “waiting list” for the item when it becomes available.  The list of reutilized items that are available is quite extensive, but of course will vary almost daily according to what has been given to the programs and what has been requested from the programs.  You may find anything from adaptive computer devices to wheelchairs!    334.293.7012
  • United Health Care Children’s Foundation 1-855-698-4223
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 988 (U.S. Only)
  • Child Abuse Hotline Jefferson County DHR: 205-423-4850
  • Crisis Center 205-323-7777