Is your family eligible for free asthma services?

Service areas
Is your child eligible?
Affiliated programs

Managing your child’s asthma can be difficult, and we want to help. Our programs in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Vermont offer medical and other services to help your child and your family better manage asthma.

You and your child will learn how to identify and avoid asthma triggers through a series of home visits with someone from your community. Supplies like a vacuum and mattress covers are also provided free of charge. All of these services aim to help your child feel healthier, be more active, and avoid expensive visits to the hospital.

Services Areas

If you live in any of the following areas, these services may be available to you. See below for more information on criteria for enrolling.

Connecticut: Middlesex County and New Haven County
Massachusetts: Boston and Springfield
Rhode Island: Providence
Vermont: Rutland county

Could your child be eligible? Answer the following questions:

1. Is your child age 2 to 17 years old? (If you live in RI, is your child 2 to 8 years old?) YES/NO

2. Does your child receive any of the following: Medicaid, CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program), WIC benefits, or free or reduced cost school lunch? YES/NO

3. Has a health care provider (doctor or nurse) diagnosed your child has asthma? YES/NO

4. Have any of these happened to your child in the last 12 months?
– Visited the emergency room due to asthma, or
– Stayed in the hospital to be observed for asthma, or
– Been admitted to the hospital (overnight), or
– Been prescribed oral corticosteroids (also known as steroids), such as prednisone?

If you answered yes to questions 1 through 4 and live within the listed service areas, your child may qualify. Call the contact person at the sites below to learn more about the program and find out if your child qualifies.

Affiliated Programs


Children’s Medical Group (Hamden, CT)
Community Asthma Integrated Resources (CAiR)
(203) 248-8997

Middlesex Hospital (Middletown, CT)
Center for Chronic Care
(860) 358-3003
Ask about Little Air


Boston Children’s Hospital
Community Asthma Initiative
(617) 355-8496

Boston Medical Center
Pediatric Primary Care
(617) 414-5946
Ask about NEW READY

Baystate Children’s Hospital (Springfield, MA)
High Street Pediatric Health Center
(413) 794-2515
Ask about NEW READY


Rhode Island Hospital/Hasbro Children’s Hospital (Providence, RI) and
St. Joseph Health Services of Rhode Island (Providence, RI)
Community Asthma Program
(401) 444-8340


Rutland Regional Medical Center (Rutland, VT)
Community Health Team
(802) 773-9888

If your family doesn’t qualify for the program, ask your doctor for assistance.

Questions? Contact ARC for assistance!

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