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1 Way You Can Make Extra Money

1 Way You Too Can Make Extra Money. A very not talked about/hidden method for families who care for those with special needs. Medicaid Waivers. Government Insurance. Other websites and resources included for more options in money saving for those caring for a special needs individual in their households. Please share this article. Our families need to save/make all the money they can. Real help now. Caregiver Support. Strong like bull. Takes effort and preparation. Read more in this post! Pin now, use asap! Special needs. Autism. Doctor's appointments. Tax Breaks.

1 Way You Can Make Extra Money IF You Have A Loved One On A Waiver or Government Insurance

1 Way you can make extra money.  Let me preface this.  I live in Ohio.  In Ohio if you have government insurance through “Job and Family Services,” or if you have a loved one on a Medicaid Waver, you can do this money making “hack.”  If you don’t, check with your insurance companies, seeing if they have programs like this as well. (Speak insurance language, such as “grievance reimbursement or special needs account).

For me, I made about $90.00 in May (and the month is not close to being over yet) with this program.  Another caveat to be aware of is this does take a lot of preparation, including: planning, thinking ahead, organization, and paperwork.  Let me explain.

Little Loop-hole Uncovered

The way I made about $90.00 and plan to keep making about that much monthly, is by turning in gas reimbursement forms.  In Ohio, if you have government insurance or have someone in your household on a waiver, you can be reimbursed $.45 a mile.

That doesn’t sound like much.  Listen.  I had seven appointments.(actually several more, but I couldn’t get the ducks in order in time). Most of our appointments were thirty miles round trip (I did not schedule these far away on purpose.  I’m not THAT much of an evil genius).  Thus, quickly the miles add up.

Behind the Scenes Effort

This 1 way to make extra money is not without struggle.  I have to remember several things:

  1.  Complete the forms.
  2. For a couple family members I have to call ahead 24 hours before the appointment and get a “numerical code” for reimbursement.  Then, I have to list that code on the form.
  3. Another type of insurance wants to fax blank forms to the provider for gas reimbursement.  (Sometimes faxes don’t go through, or someone didn’t know what the form was and “filed” it.  This is a pain, but I believe when it works, it pays.
  4. I HAVE to have the healthcare provider sign the forms.  Sometimes, they are less than happy to complete the form (come on all I need is your autograph).
  5. The forms must be returned, completed thoroughly, within thirty days of the appointment.

Both sets of rules and guidelines can be found on different websites.  Good luck finding if your state has similar programs.

One More Key

Even though, insurance reps, county workers, and support groups mentioned this reimbursement, it never resonated with me.  Once a friend who works for one of our family’s insurance company’s began riding me to turn my forms in, I finally did.  She kept telling me, “Jenn, it is free money.”

If it weren’t for her, I’m not sure I would be doing the program at this time.  It was quite a surprise I can make almost a hundred extra dollars a month easily by exerting this little bit of extra effort.

Call To Action

I urge you to google your state with the words gas reimbursement program and whatever insurance you have.  See if a similar program applies to you, especially if you have loved ones on Medicaid Waivers like I do.

Suddenly, far away appointments (fifteen miles or so) aren’t as much of a drag.  I know we will benefit slightly from the appointment.  The extra money can help keep gas in my van.

Go see if there is a program.  Call your county representatives if you need to.  I don’t know a special needs family who couldn’t use some extra cash.  The money is there.  Programs have been made for us.  We might as well take advantage.

If you have found other such programs, please share in the comments below.  Thank you for stopping by today.  Please come back again soon!  Blessings to you and yours today and always,


PS Did you find this helpful?  Please let me know either way.  Thank you in advance!  For more on making money when we have members in our household who need extra care, please check out: Affording Specialized School – The Way We Do, Ipad Life Changed, Jobs That Work, Funding for ABA, When Your Child Needs Help, Without Breaking the Bank.

Here are a few different websites that may help inform you of money savings in regards to special needs individuals in your house hold:

U.S. Department of State

Guidelines for Students Transpiration with Special Needs

Tax Strategies for Families Who Have a Child with Special Needs

Guidelines for Reimbursement for a child on a Special Diet at School

I hope these help.  Add more in the comments.  It takes a village to raise our kids.  Community makes us stronger. =)


I live in Columbus, Ohio USA, grown up here all my life. I love yoga, walking, riding bike, reading, bargain shopping, serving at church. Usually though, I'm napping in a doctor's office waiting area with one or two of the Fantastic Four Children. My passion is helping other families with extra health, behavioral, and learning issues like mine. Let's enjoy life... TOGETHER. It's more fun that way =)!

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