Including information on causes of symptoms, how to treat your child at home, when to worry, when to make an appointment, and when to go to the ER.
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In depth information includes symptoms, causes, diagnosis, treatment, and research being done on the disorder.
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- Family Voices Local and national links for parent support groups and legislative news. The publication list has a number of helpful brochures.
- Family Education Network has everything you need to know about sending your child to school.
- The Individuals with Disability in Education Act (IDEA) addresses your child's rights in school.
- PACER Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights will fill in where the previous two sites may have left off.
- The Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is a partnership between state and federal governments to provide health insurance for children from working families with incomes too high too qualify for Medicaid but to low to afford private coverage.
- Managed Care Links This site provides links to health care information from state agencies, Medicaid agencies, technology sites, publications, managed care plans and consumer information.
- Health Hippo provides hundreds of links to policy and regulatory information related to health care.
- Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is the federal agency which manages Medicare, Medicaid and Child Health Insurance programs. Click on the information clearinghouse section for a list of HCFA publications.
- Social Security Administration on-line answers a lot of questions about benefits, who qualifies for benefits as well as local offices.
- Family Voices Publication List "Managed Care for Children with SHCN" is a wonderful brochure explaining managed care as well as what kind of questions to ask about your insurance coverage.
- National Medical Home Portal is one of the best organized sites with information on education about your child's chronic condition.
- Rare Genetic Diseases in Children A well organized site with links on financial, educational, and medical resources for children with genetic disease.
- RxList is an on-line pharmacy database.
Resources for Parents, Siblings, and Patients
- Bandaids and Blackboards patients and siblings tell their stories about living with a chronic illness.
- Internet Resources for Special Children (IRSC) has a variety of links for everything from adaptive clothing to traveling with SHCN kids.
- MUMS is a parent networking site linking together parents of special needs kids who share the same or similar diagnosis.
- Benefits.gov is the official benefits website of the U.S. government and includes information for citizens to identify benefits that they may be eligible to receive, and application information. Benefits address a variety of needs including food/nutrition, health care, housing and utilities, child care, and tax assistance.
- United Way 211
- United Way 211 is a free national telephone service that helps identify health and human services.
- Health Leads
- Health Leads is a national organization that utilizes volunteer students within health care settings, to screen for basic needs and help make referrals to resources in the community.
- Help Me Grow National
- Help Me Grow is a system that assists states in identifying children at risk for developmental and behavioral problems, then helps families find community-based programs and services.
- The AAP on healthychildren.org have some great resources for families understanding health insurance information: https://healthychildren.org/English/family-life/health-management/health-insurance/Pages/default.aspx
- FSAs, HSAs:
Copays, deductibles and co-insurance:
- And why you might get a bill after a well visit: