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Autism Awareness Month

Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month, and with the recent and rapid increase in the rate of autism diagnosis (as many as 1 in 50 children are affected by the disorder), we want to highlight some resources available for families, professionals, and community members. Continue reading

Guide to Transition: New tool available

Guide to Transition: New tool available

Since 2011, with the support of The Colorado Health Foundation, Family Voices Colorado has been working on a pilot project to develop consistent tools and processes that support youth and young adults with special health care needs in the transition from pediatric to adult care. Our first tool is a Guide to Transition, now available. Continue reading

The importance of advocacy: Call for stories

The importance of advocacy: Call for stories

Family Voices National is partnering with Genetic Alliance and Parent to Parent USA (P2P) to collect resources that will support individuals who wish to act as advocates on behalf of themselves, their families, or others. We are developing an online toolkit and would like to include a personal story that demonstrates the importance of advocacy in each of several topic areas. Continue reading

Health Care News Roundup

Health Care News Roundup

Advocacy groups share feedback from consumers about what features are important in the new Colorado Health Benefit Exchange; the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative is looking for real people’s stories of health insurance challenges; and upcoming events for families and professionals. Continue reading

Early Intervention: A stitch in time…

Early Intervention: A stitch in time…

Early Intervention services can help children overcome early delays and improve long-term health outcomes. Yet the National Survey of Children’s Health found that in the past year, 4 in 5 young children did not receive age-appropriate screening for developmental, behavioral, and social risks and delays, leading to missed opportunities for early intervention and advancing school readiness. Continue reading

Medicaid Buy-In for Children with Disabilities

Medicaid Buy-In for Children with Disabilities

The Medicaid Buy-In Program for Children with Disabilities (Children’s Buy-In) allows eligible working- and middle-class families to pay a low monthly premium to ‘buy in’ to Medicaid benefits. Family Voices Colorado helps families of children with special health care needs understand their options and apply for the Buy-In, so that more children have access to affordable, quality health care. Continue reading