Jake Hogarth at Adam's Camp

The Hogarth Family Story: Crippling out-of-pocket costs

As we approach Colorado Gives Day on December 4, we want to share a few family stories so you know the difference we can make in families’ lives when you invest in Family Voices Colorado. If you’d like to share your story, or if you are facing similar challenges and would like our help navigating systems and accessing resources, please call 800-881-8272 or email info@familyvoicesco.org today.

Jake Hogarth at Adam's Camp
Jake Hogarth at Adam’s Camp

The Hogarth family’s story

Consider the story of the Hogarth family, whose seven-year-old son, Jake, has Angelman Syndrome, a genetic disorder involving significant developmental delay, seizures, movement and balance problems and behavioral issues. Though Jake has been covered by both parents’ private insurance plans, his parents, who are divorced and live in Aurora, were confronted with out-of-pocket expenses in the range of $1,000-$1,500 each month for co-pays, therapies, and equipment not covered by insurance. The Hogarths were completely committed to the services Jake needed to thrive, but they struggled to make ends meet given the high cost of his care.

Jake's first day of 2nd grade
Susan & Jake Hogarth, first day of school, August 2012

Fortunately, with the assistance of Family Voices, Jake was able to enroll in Colorado’s new Medicaid Buy-In Program for Children with Disabilities. He is now able to access many new services, including speech therapy, physical therapy, a new communication device, and orthotics, allowing him to make significantly more progress toward his health and developmental goals, without his parents facing crippling out-of-pocket costs. Today, Jake’s mom is highly active with Family Voices and is working with the state’s Medicaid agency to identify and resolve challenges within the system.

How we work

Tom Rose & Ileana Perez in the new Family Voices Colorado office
Tom Rose & Ileana Perez in the Family Voices office

Family Voices Colorado believes that parents of children with special health care needs should not be alone when they face the scary and confusing task of securing care for their children. Every day we give parents the information and strength they need to navigate complex health care systems in order to get things like wheelchairs, oxygen, or surgery for their children. With our help, parents are able to be the heroes their children are counting on.

When Family Voices Colorado works with a family, we draw on a breadth of professional knowledge and personal experience to identify the resources available, to help them overcome obstacles, and to access the health care services and equipment their child needs. Our staff also serve on several policy committees and working groups that seek to improve health care systems and services, so we can stay in touch with cutting-edge developments like the Medicaid Buy-In for Children with Disabilities.

How you can help

When you donate to Family Voices, your gift helps us support and empower families like the Hogarths to access better care and more services so that children with special needs can thrive, and parents and other caregivers become leaders and advocates in the community. Schedule your donation today for Colorado Gives Day, December 4. Thank you for your support!

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