Children's Special Health Care Services

Sometimes traditional health insurance isn't enough. Children's Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) is a program within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for children and some adults with special health care needs and their families. It pays specialty medical bills for certain diagnoses and services, covers co-pays and deductibles if clients have insurance or Medicaid, and provides specialty coverage if they do not have health insurance.

For one local family, the program has been a critical part of paying needed healthcare. "Our daughter Adele was diagnosed with hip dysplasia, meaning that her hip was out of its socket and needed surgery and even a body cast to correct it. We were worried about how we were going to pay for her care since we have a high deductible of $4,000," explains Anne Barna, of Mason, MI. "Children's Special Health Care Services covered the surgery, her hospitalization, and doctor's visits connected to the surgery. They even paid for equipment that she needed once she was released from the hospital. While we did have to pay a fee to join the program based on our income, it was so much less than our deductible that it was a no-brainer," explains Barna. Knowing that they had coverage meant that they could get the care Barna's daughter needed.

The Barry-Eaton District Health Department serves as an advocate for this state program, providing assistance for CSHCS to eligible residents of Barry and Eaton counties. CSHCS helps to coordinate and pay for hospital and outpatient medical specialty care. Help may also be available for travel expenses related to a child's medical care. BEDHD works with families on accessing services to ensure the very best care.

More than 2,000 diagnoses are eligible for CSHCS coverage including asthma, cancer, cerebral palsy, cleft palate, liver disease, club foot, deformed limbs, spina bifada, certain vision disorders, paralysis or spinal injuries, cystic fibrosis, hemophilia, insulin-dependent diabetes, muscular dystrophy, certain heart conditions, epilepsy, kidney disease and many, many other conditions.

For more information call (269) 945-9516 ext.4696, for Barry County, and (517) 541-2696 for Eaton County. You can also visit www.michigan.gov/cshcs for more information.

-From the Barry-Eaton District Health Department

Article posted on February 14th 2017.