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Children with Special Health Care Needs


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Children with Special Health Care Needs is an informational, referral and advocacy program for children from birth to 21 who have or are suspected of having a serious chronic physical, developmental and/or emotional condition that requires health or related services. This program can help families by:

  • Acting as advocate with health care providers
  • Obtaining information about various programs
  • Acting as advocate with school districts
  • Making referrals as needed
State Department of Health's Children with Special Health Care site

Physically Handicapped Children's Program

The PHC program is for children from birth to 21 who have or are suspected of having a serious or chronic physical condition and who require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that typically required by children. This program can help families access insurance; set up diagnostic testing and evaluations; offset medical bills; and pay for hearing aids and other durable medical equipment. The PHC program can also pay for up to three diagnostic evaluations to rule out certain conditions including but not limited to hearing loss; heart defects; neurological problems; some vision defects; and Cerebral Palsy.

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