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National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health
Providing national leadership to the maternal and child health community to improve the health and well-being of the nation’s children and families.
Social Security Administration Direct Express Debit MasterCard
A safe, more convenient way to receive federal benefits. Receive monthly benefits on a pre-paid debit card.
Delaware Medical Assistance Program
With the expansion of the Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act, some children who were eligible under the Delaware Healthy Children Program are now eligible for Medicaid. Children who transition to Medicaid will be eligible for the Vaccines for Children Program and non-emergency transportation.
Website: Delaware Medical Assistance Program (DMAP)
Link: Call Provider Relations at 1-800-999-3371.
Hurricane and Severe Weather Alerts/Preparedness
Mobile wireless emergency alerting capabilities are available nationwide through participating cellular carriers.
During hurricane season, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sends Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) to cell phones alerting people of impending severe weather. A WEA message looks like a text message, and will automatically appear on the cell phone with the type and time of alert, as well as any action to be taken. Check with your cellular carrier to see if WEA alerts are available in your area.
Prepare for Emergencies Now – Information for People With Disabilities: Emergency preparedness tips for people with disabilities. (en Espanol)
Disability Resources – Emergency Preparedness – Emergency preparedness tips and information about the importance of including people with disabilities in planning for emergencies and disasters.
Delaware Lifespan Respite Care Network
Providing respite for caregivers by helping find and finance respite opportunities to relax and rejuvenate. Serving caregivers of children or adults with special needs, disabilities, and conditions associated with aging.
Website: Delaware Lifespan Respite Care Network
Contact: (888) 610-5572 or in New Castle County, (302) 479-1690
Healthy Children Symptom Checker
Helping parents and caregivers figure out what to do now, and what to do next, when your child is sick.
Link: KidsDoc Symptom Checker
CDC Disability and Health – Healthy Living
People with disabilities need health care and health programs for the same reasons anyone else does—to stay well, active, and a part of the community. Although people with disabilities sometimes have a harder time getting and staying healthy than people without disabilities, there are things we can all do to get and stay healthy.
Link: CDC Disability & Health- Healthy Living – Tips for healthy living for people with disabilities.
Internet Essentials – Low Cost Internet for Low Income Families
Comcast can provide fast, affordable internet service for everyone.
How to qualify – your household must meet the following criteria:
1. Be located within a Comcast Internet service zone.
2. Have a child receiving free school lunches through the National School Lunch Program.
3. Have not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days.
4. Do not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment.
How to apply:
1. Call 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376) to request an application.
2. Complete and return the application, along with lunch program documents from your child’s school.
3. You will be notified by mail in 7-10 days about your eligibility.
Get connected: Once approved, you will receive a welcome package with details to set up your Internet service. If you also purchased a reduced-price computer, your welcome package will provide details.
MRSA Infections – Learn How to Prevent and Recognize Them
Learn how to recognize and prevent skin infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a type of staph bacteria that is resistant to certain antibiotics.
Concussions – Learn how to Prevent and Recognize Them
The CDC initiative, Heads Up: Concussion in Youth Sports, provides important information on preventing, recognizing, and responding to a concussion.
Prescription Medications – Helping With The Costs
General programs that assist uninsured patients in getting prescription medications for free or at a discounted rate.
Safelink Wireless offers free cell phones and 68 free minutes of monthly phone service to individuals currently receiving public benefits and have incomes near or below poverty. This service is available in Delaware.
Website: Safelink Wireless
A free text message service to help keep you and your baby healthy during the first year. Sign up by texting BABY to 511411 (or BEBE in Spanish) to receive free text messages on topics critical to maternal and child health.
United Healthcare Children’s Foundation Grants
UHCCF grants provide financial help/assistance for families with children that have medical needs not covered or not fully covered by their commercial health insurance plan. The Foundation aims to fill the gap between what medical services/items a child needs and what their commercial health benefit plan will pay for.
Link: UHCCF Grants – for additional information and grant application.