Community Resources

Community Resources

Health Insurance

MassHealth is a jointly funded state and federal health care program for low-income individuals of all ages.

The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP): CHIP provides low-cost health coverage to children in families
that earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid.


Vaccines give individuals the safe, proven power to protect themselves and their family from serious diseases.
The diseases vaccines prevent can be dangerous, or even deadly. Vaccines reduce your risk of infection by
working with your body’s natural defenses to help safely develop immunity to disease.
Vaccination also helps prevent the spread of disease, especially to those who are most vulnerable to serious
complications (such as infants and young children, the elderly, and those with chronic conditions and weakened
immune systems). This is a concept known as herd immunity.
Among children born during 1994-2013, vaccination will prevent an estimated 322 million illnesses, 21 million
hospitalizations, and 732,000 deaths over the course of their lifetimes. We all need vaccines throughout our lives
to help protect against serious diseases.

Vaccines for Children Program (VFC). A child is eligible for the VFC Program if he or she is younger than 19 years
of age and is one of the following: Medicaid-eligible, Uninsured, Underinsured [1], American Indian or Alaska Native.
Children whose health insurance covers the cost of vaccinations are not eligible for VFC vaccines, even when a claim
for the cost of the vaccine and its administration would be denied for payment by the insurance carrier because the
plan’s deductible had not been met.

Vision Screenings

Sight for Students gift certificates are distributed through community partners to children who qualify.

Hearing Screenings

Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program. Supporting families through screening, identification of hearing loss,
and Early Intervention services.

The Hearing Aid Program for Infants and Children pays for hearing aids for children. To qualify, children must be
between birth and age 21. The family must also qualify based on income.

Dental Screenings

Lowell Community Health Center, 101 Jackson St., Lowell, MA - 01854, (978) 937-9700
Services include:Dental exams, x-rays, Cleanings

Early Intervention and Special Education

Early Intervention is specialized instruction and therapy services for children ages 0-35 months that qualify.
Your child does not need a medical diagnosis to qualify.
Lowell Anne Sullivan Center -

Special education begins at age 36 months for those who qualify. The public schools are required to provide instruction,
services, and therapy to those who meet eligibility requirements. Your child does not need a medical diagnosis to qualify.
Chelmsford Public Schools -

More information about special education, laws, and free parent help can be found here:
Federation for Children with Special Needs, Parent Training and Information Center -