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Only one week left until Hearts on Fire!

Dancers in front of flaming heartHearts on Fire is just one week from tomorrow, on Saturday, March 2, at 7pm. If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, sign up today – you won’t want to miss the food, drinks, music, silent auction, or especially the dancing!

Here’s an excerpt from our press release:

“This is the kind of event that’s really fun to come to,” explains Tom Rose, Executive Director. “We’ll have terrific food catered by local Mexican restaurant Diego’s, live music from the  Manuel Molina trio, open bar, salsa dance lessons and a dance contest, in addition to our silent auction and plenty of time for mingling. We’re creating the feel of a Mexican cantina, really festive. Personally, I’m really looking forward to it. I’m just a little nervous that my wife will want me to take a turn on the dance floor!”

Read the full press release:

Press Release – Hearts on Fire Event, Family Voices Colorado.

Buy tickets online here – just $50 each or $90 per couple.

Medicaid Buy-In for Children with Disabilities

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.

Colleen Roahrig, Family Voices Colorado Western Slope Coordinator, talks about the Medicaid Children's Buy-In
Colleen Roahrig, Western Slope Coordinator for Family Voices Colorado, talks about the Medicaid Children’s Buy-In on KREX TV, Grand Junction.

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 info@familyvoicesco.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.

Baby Hagen Howard, with his mom Beth
Hagen Howard of Grand Junction is one of the children with disabilities to benefit from the new Medicaid Buy-In Program (photo from KREX TV story)

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 Level after 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.

Learn More:

Read the full overview and Frequently Asked Questions from the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF).

Visit HCPF’s page about the Children’s Buy-In for all the details.

Call or email us to learn more or make an appointment for application assistance:

Local: 303-733-3000
Toll-free: 800-881-8272
Email: info@familyvoicesco.org

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.

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!