Costs

While most health care services fall under the category of fee-for-service, NICH operates using an alternative payment model (APM). This means that NICH relies on contracts with insurance companies to cover the cost of NICH services for each patient. Insurance companies pay a flat fee, upfront, that covers the cost of NICH for 12 months. There are no direct costs to the patients or families for this service.

We are fortunate to have several contracts with local insurance providers however, we still receive more referrals than we can actually serve. Funds are always needed to help cover the cost of the program for children who do not have insurance that covers NICH. Additionally, NICH relies on donations to ensure that patients and families in the program have their basic needs met.

Donate to NICH

There are three ways to donate to NICH:

  • Donate money

Monetary donations can be made to NICH's Foundation account, www.ohsu.edu/nich/donate.
  • Donate new or gently used items

Many NICH families benefit from new or gently used infant/child/adult clothing, baby items (e.g. diapers, bottles, etc.), safety devices (e.g. helmets, cabinet locks, car seats) and other essentials. NICH also uses incentive programs to help motivate children to complete their medical regimens - toys, gift cards, and other fun gifts can be great incentives. If you're unsure if your item/s would be appropriate for NICH, please email nichprogram@ohsu.edu to find out. 

  • Donate your expertise

NICH is always looking for individuals with skills that can help the program grow, and serve more families. Individuals with skills in marketing, design, and fundraising would be a great fit. 

If you're interested in volunteering your services, please email nichprogram@ohsu.edu.