Have you ever noticed how many proverbs and sayings relate to thinking ahead? A stitch in time saves nine. A penny saved is a penny earned. Look before you leap. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
When it comes to children’s healthy development, there’s a step between prevention and “cure,” and it comes in the form of Early Intervention. Over the years, health care professionals have found that identifying delays in development, whether physical, cognitive, or behavioral, and diagnosis of ongoing health conditions at an early age, and addressing them immediately, can make a tremendous difference in long-term outcomes. Because this is not only better for the child and family, but also more cost-effective, than waiting until more serious problems develop later in life, many early intervention services are publicly funded, meaning that families do not have to pay directly for things like speech, physical, or occupational therapy.
Anyone can refer a child for screening to find out if they are eligible for early intervention services, whether you are a family member, doctor, child care provider, or other concerned individual. Visit http://www.eicolorado.org/ or call 888-777-4041 to talk to someone at Early Intervention Colorado about the process of making a referral, or the services and supports available.
On July 1, 2012, Colorado rolled out a new Medicaid program for children with disabilities, created by The Colorado Health Care Affordability Act. Now families who make too much to qualify for Medicaid or Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) can ‘buy in’ to Medicaid coverage for their child with a disability by paying a monthly premium based on their family’s income.
Learn how the Medicaid Buy-In for Children with Disabilities is making a difference for the Howards, who live in Grand Junction, in this story that aired on KREX TV. Or read about the Hogarth family, who live in Aurora, and how the Buy-In saved them from crippling out-of-pocket costs. [Update 12/17/12: Susan Hogarth and Family Voices staff member Suzette Elledge were interviewed by reporter Michael Booth in this Denver Post article.]
To find out whether your child may qualify, or for help with the application process, please call us today at 800-881-8272 or 303-733-3000, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the Children’s Medicaid Buy-In?
The Medicaid Buy-In Program for Children with Disabilities (Children’s Buy-In) is a program that allows eligible families to pay a monthly premium (no more than $120/month per family, even if multiple children qualify) to ‘buy in’ to Medicaid benefits.
Who is eligible for the Children’s Buy-In?
Families with a child or children under age 19 with a qualifying disability (based on Social Security criteria) and whose household income is no greater than 300% of Federal Poverty Levelafter a 33% income disregard is applied. For example, a family of 4 may qualify with a gross monthly income of up to $8,600.
The Children’s Buy-In may be an option for:
Families of children with disabilities who are over income or resources for other Medicaid programs or CHP+; children on a waitlist for a children’s waiver (other than the C-HCBS waiver; contact us to learn more about this); children who do not qualify for waiver services; children who do not have health insurance or who need coverage as a wrap-around to other insurance.
To support Family Voices Colorado in our work of helping families of children with disabilities and other special health care needs access affordable, quality health care, please consider making a tax-deductible donation today.
Check out these opportunities for learning & training in the coming weeks:
Estate & Financial Planning For Children with Special Needs September 27 OR October 18, 5:30pm to 7:30pm
MetroPoint I Building, 4600 S. Ulster St., Blue Spruce, First Floor, Denver, CO 80237
Call (303) 300-4341
The National Forum on Disability Issues
The forum will focus on the disability positions of the 2012 Presidential candidates Friday, September 28, 10:30 am – 1:30pm Mountain Time
Held in Columbus, Ohio; Live webcast available
AMC Sensory Friendly Films
The program provides a special opportunity for families affected by autism to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment. The auditoriums dedicated to the program have their lights up, the sound turned down and audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing!
October 13 – FRANKENWEENIE November 10 – WRECK-IT RALPH December 8 – RISE OF THE GUARDIANS
The following theaters in Colorado (Denver area) are participating:
AMC Flatiron 14
AMC Highlands Ranch 24
AMC Southlands 16
AMC Westminster 24
All shows are at 10:00 am local time. Dates and films are subject to change.
Making Colorado a better place for children and youth with special health care needs