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The program’s goal is to assist families in obtaining special medical care for children with chronic illness or disabling conditions as a payer of last resort. This program generally assists families who do not have medical insurance, or families who have medical insurance
that is NOT able to cover the child’s medical needs/treatment.
Maryland launches online resource database for children and youth with special health care needs. Visit this website to see resources that are available: http://specialneeds.dhmh.
General Eligibility for the program:
1. Be a Maryland resident.
2. Be younger than 22 years old.
3. Meet medical requirements: have a diagnosed, or suspected, chronic illness or disability that requires medical evaluation and/or treatment.
4. Meet financial eligibility requirements. This is determined by the size and income of the family unit. Family unit includes members living in the child’s household. Medical deductions may help the family qualify for services.
1. Visits to specialists.
2. Elective inpatient procedures.
5. Lab Work/X-Ray.
6. Medical equipment.
9. Plastic surgery (facial defects).
This service is provided by the Case Management Program.
Infant and Toddler/CMS Newsletters:
About Patient Centered Medical Homes:
A medical home is not a building, house, hospital or home healthcare service, but rather an approach to providing comprehensive primary care. In a family-centered medical home, the pediatric care team works in partnership with a child and a child's family to assure that all of the medical and non-medical needs of the patient are met.
For more Information:
- Patient Centered Medical Home
- American Academy of Family Physicians
- Benefits of implementing medical homes
- Maryland Patient Centered Medical Home Program
- Medical Home Video
- Consumer Report Article
- National Center for Medical Home Implementation (toolkit)
About Youth Health Care Transition:
The Children’s Medical Services program assists youth with special health care needs and their families to thoughtfully plan out moving from a child-centered medical provider (pediatrician) to an adult-centered medical provider and for the youth to become more independent with taking care of their health care needs.
Transitioning to an adult-centered health care system is one of the many transitions youth will experience as they reach adulthood. Other transitions may include graduating from high school, attending college or vocational training, entering the work force and moving away from home to community living.
- Health Care Transitions Tools & Links
- Maryland Youth to Young Adult Care Notebook
- Got Transition - Center for Health Care Transition Improvement
- Transitioning Youth Resources
- Why is youth health care transitioning important?
- Child-centered health care focuses on the health care needs of children birth-18 years. An adult-centered medical provider will focus on screening and treatment for adult health issues. Because the pediatricians treating these youth with special health care needs are frequently specialists, it can be a challenge for parents to find an adult medical provider who can appropriately treat their son or daughter’s special health care needs.
- As youth become young adults, they are usually able to start to manage their own health care needs. Managing their own health care is essential for their independence and self esteem as an adult.
- Online Resources for Parents:
- Office of Genetics and People with Special Healthcare Needs:
- Maryland Healthcare Commission
- Family Voices
- Maryland Resident Resources
- Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
- LOCATE: Child Care
- Maryland Technology Assistance Program
- National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities
- Online Resources for Health Providers:
- Office of Genetics and People with Special Healthcare Needs
- Parent Resource Center of Worcester County
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- Maryland Chapter: American Academy of Pediatrics
- The Maryland Academy of Family Physicians
- National Center for Quality Assurance
- American Academy of Family Physicians
- Maryland Health Care Commission
- Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative