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Resources for Parents with Babies in the NICU

Website for parents of NICU babies
Medline plus Website for NICU babies

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Financial Screen:   You may be eligible for a discount on your hospital bills based on your family’s income and resources.  Contact UVA Admissions for more information.  The main Hospital Admissions is open from 8AM-7PM and is located on the first floor lobby of the Hospital.  There is also an Admissions clerk located by the 7 East elevators.

Medicaid:  Medicaid is a state and federally funded health insurance program.  If you do not have health insurance, you should apply for Medicaid coverage.  Medicaid can also act as a secondary health insurance for babies already covered by your commercial insurance.  **If your child is expected to be hospitalized for over 30 days, your child should qualify for Medicaid during this hospitalization regardless of your family income.  Contact Social Worker, Karen Wilmoth, to make a referral for you.  Just ask your nurse or doctor if you need to get in touch with Karen. 

FAMIS:  Family Access to Medical Insurance Security Plan (FAMIS) is a Virginia insurance program for children of working families.  It is an income based program.  If you do not qualify for Medicaid and do not have health insurance, apply for FAMIS at (800) 866 873-2647. 
Website: http://www.famis.org

Supplemental Security Income (SSI): SSI is a Social Security Federal disability benefits program that provides monthly payments for children who meet medical and financial guidelines.  Receiving SSI qualifies a child to get Medicaid.  Call Social Security at (800) 772-1213. 
Website:
http://www.ssa.gov

Ronald McDonald House Ronald McDonald House is a great lodging resource for out of town parents.  It is $15/night.  Shuttle service is offered from the Hospital.  For reservations call (800) 443-2292, or local 295-1885.

Healthy Families:  Healthy Families is a free community based non-profit statewide program offering support to first time parents.  The core services are family needs assessment and home visitation.  Healthy Families can assist with transportation needs to clinic appointments and access to resources.  Contact Karen for a referral to this program.

Health Department: 

Contact your local Health Department or Karen for more information.  

WIC:   WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) is a US Department of Agriculture program that assists breastfeeding moms with food coupons and bottle feeding moms with formula.    WIC is income based.

CSS:  CSS (Children’s Specialty Services) is a Virginia Department of Health program providing diagnostic evaluation, treatment and long-term follow-up to children with covered specialized health care needs.  Eligibility is income based.  Coordinators are located at UVA.

Contact NICU Social Worker, Karen Wilmoth, BSW, at (434) 924-9573 or (434) 924-0000, beeper # 2033 if you have any questions.