For Our Patients
Useful Information for Patients at OHI
New to OHI
As a new patient, please call (732) 363-6655 to schedule an appointment with one of our representatives or make your own appointment through our website at your convenience. Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. (OHI) will see all patients regardless of their ability to pay.
Commercial Insurances Accepted:
Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc. (OHI) accepts both Medicare and Medicaid.
Sliding Fee Scale
A sliding fee scale is available to all patients based on an individual’s ability to pay for the primary and preventative health care services rendered. The sliding fee discount program for both insured and uninsured patients is based on an individual’s income and family size.
The following documentation is needed in order to be approved for reduced and sliding fees:
* New patients with insurance must bring photo identification and insurance card.*
Veterans Choice Program
Are you a Veteran looking to receive health services?
OHI has been named an eligible provider in The Veterans Choice Program. The Veterans Choice Program provides eligible veterans with the option to receive non-VA health care services from approved community health care providers their communities. Using this program will not have any impact on existing VA health care or any other VA benefit.
Veterans who do qualify should use their Veterans Choice Card, which will allow them to request OHI as their community-based primary health care provider. The Ocean County Veterans Service Bureau, located on the first floor of the Ocean County One-Stop Center, 1027 Hooper Avenue, Toms River, can provide additional assistance to veterans about obtaining and using their Veterans Choice Card.
Have you heard about the Veterans Choice Program? The VA launched the Choice Program on November 5, 2014 as part of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (VACAA). This program gives eligible Veterans the option to receive health care from providers in their communities.
The Department of Veterans Affairs sent all Veterans a Choice Card. If your eligibility for this new program is verified, the Choice Card provides you with flexibility in meeting your health care needs. Please note that the Choice Card does not replace the identification card you already use to access other VA benefits.
You might be eligible for the Choice Program if:
NOTE: This criterion applies to Veterans residing in Alaska, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Guam, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Also note that some Veterans in New Hampshire reside within 20 miles of White River Junction VAMC.”
To find out if you are eligible for the Choice Program, call (866) 606-8198. If you are satisfied and wish to continue with your current VA care, there is nothing you need to do at this time. Save your Choice Card in case you would like to use the program in the future.
Community Resources Guide
Ocean Health Initiatives is an integral part of the community that it serves by working closely with government agencies, health care providers and community human and social service organizations. These collaborations and partnerships encompass Monmouth and Ocean County, NJ with respect to specific services and programs and have been ongoing for years.
OHI strives to engage in community education services regarding lifestyle changes that impact preventable diseases. One of OHI’s major goals is to increase the prevention of disease. Since the major chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, COPD and diabetes have become more common OHI seeks to promote healthier behavior choices to users of all ages, relative to chronic disease, for both adults and the elderly. OHI hopes to accomplish this through education and collaboration with local community agencies to reduce the incidence of chronic disease.
OHI provides primary health services with both regional and local health care and human services providers.
State and local agencies dedicated to helping people live healthier lives include:
Affordable Care Act – Marketplace website
Caregiver Volunteers of Central Jersey – Serving Senior Citizens in Ocean County
Central Jersey Family Health Consortium
Community Medical Center
Delta Dental Foundation of New Jersey
Division of Medicaid
Division of Medicare
Food Stamp Information
Fulfill previously know as The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, Inc.
JBJ Soul Kitchen
Kimball Medical Center
Lakewood Police Department
Lakewood School Systems
New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
New Jersey Family Care
New Jersey Primary Care Association
New Jersey’s Community Resource
NJ Head Start
NJ ReEntry Corporation
Ocean County Board of Social Services
Ocean County Department of Health
Ocean County Libraries
Ocean County Office of Senior Services
Ocean Mental Health Services
Ocean County YMCA
Paying for Senior Care
Preferred Behavioral Health of NJ
The Arc, Ocean County Chapter
Township of Dover
Township of Lakewood
Toms River Police Department
Toms River School Systems
United Way of Ocean County
Waters & Sims Employment Services
WIC: Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants & Children
Here are some of OHI's brochures that are available to all our patients and partners for download.
Do you need health insurance?
The State of New Jersey previously extended the enrollment window through May 15th due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The State this week announced the enrollment period to sign up for health insurance through Get Covered New Jersey has been extended until the end of the year. The extension will allow more residents to benefit from the new federal financial assistance that will become available in the coming weeks through Get Covered New Jersey, and provide full access to coverage as the state responds to the coronavirus pandemic.
The coverage effective dates will be as follows:
Enroll by March 31, coverage effective April 1;
Enroll by April 30, coverage effective May 1;
Enroll by May 15, coverage effective June 1
Qualified OHI staff are available to answer questions, explain any coverage changes and help individuals sign up for health insurance.
Bilingual, certified application counselors are available by appointment only. Appointments can be made for all OHI locations.
To sign up for health insurance at the time of their appointment, enrollees should bring their:
STI Clinic in Freehold
OHI is partnering with the Monmouth County Department of Health to offer testing, screenings, and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). These services are available on Monday nights from 5 PM - 8 PM at our Freehold location.
Preventative Health Screenings
At Ocean Health Initiatives, Inc, we are committed to improving our patients' health care. As part of your routine preventive care, your provider can order different types of preventive screenings depending on your age and family history. Ask your provider about the following services:
Lung Cancer Screenings
Breast Cancer Screenings
Cervical Cancer Screenings
Colorectal Cancer Screenings
Flu Shots are available at all seven of our Health Centers throughout the entirety of the Flu season. It is not too late into the season to get a flu shot, and receiving the flu vaccine can help prevent you from getting and spreading the flu virus to your friends and family.
Currently, we have vaccinations for children (ages 6-35 months), children to adults (ages 3 and up), and the high dose vaccine for seniors (ages 65 and older). Preservative free, latex free, and egg-free vaccinations are also available. Children can receive their flu shot at no cost through the Vaccines for Children* program offered at all OHI Health Centers if they do not have insurance, are self-pay patients, or are recipients of Medicaid Plan A.
If you have any questions about receiving the flu shot, or would like to schedule an appointment to get the vaccine, please CLICK HERE.
*The Vaccines for Children (VFC) program is a federally funded program that provides vaccines at no cost to children who might not otherwise be vaccinated because of inability to pay.