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Special Needs

It takes a village to help raise any child, and special needs children are no different. We've gathered some resources that might be helpful for you as a parent or guardian on how to manage financially as well as connecting you with groups to help work through challenging situations. Explore any of the resources below to learn more.

Community Support

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.

Financial Resources 

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 to qualify for Medicaid but too 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 online 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.