Paying for Services
Children and youth with special health care needs typically require more services than other children their age. Figuring out how to get everything paid for that is needed may feel overwhelming to you as a parent or young adult. Other families in the same situation have developed tips and guides to answer many of your questions.
On this page:
Family Health Hotline
Toll-free, statewide child and family health Information and Referral Line from WithinReach. Get connected to services in your community including free or low-cost health insurance, food resources, immunizations, breastfeeding support, family planning services, parenting support, child development screening services, and many other social and health programs, including information for children with special health care needs. Access to interpretive service for 50 languages. Family Health Hotline: 1-800 322-2588 or 1-800-833-6388 (tty relay). Hours: Monday to Thursday 8:00am to 5:30pm, Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm
The Consumer Protection Hotline from the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner can help if you have questions or complaints about health insurance. The toll-free number is 1-800-526-6900.
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A Parent's Guide to the Public Mental Health System (WA)
A project of the Statewide Action for Family Empowerment of Washington.
Information on 'Getting and Keeping a Medical Coupon for Your Child'
From the Whatcom Alliance for Health Care Access -
- Tools to Use [Link]
- Other Information on Medicaid and related programs in Washington State [Link]
Way in Managed Care: A Guide for Washington Families for Children
with Special Needs
Washington State guide
for families to navigating the managed care system, building a
medical home for your child, getting to know your child's primary
care provider, understanding the basics of managed care, helpful
hints and sample letter and more. 72 pages. Written by families with funding from the Washington State Department of Health, Children with Special Health Care Needs Program. Available in English and Spanish.
Financing Health Care: Insurance, Managed Care, Medicaid and other Programs - Publications from Family Voices
Family Voices is a national, grassroots clearinghouse for information and education concerning the health care of children with special health needs. Health Care Financing publications include (most are brief):
- Basic Private Health Insurance
- Basic Health Insurance
- Medicaid Waivers
- Private Insurance: Managed Care Issues & Advocacy
- Private Insurance Checklist
- Public Health Payment Systems
Health Insurance Options in Washington State for
Young Adults with Disabilities and Special Health Care Needs (DRAFT)
Washington Assistive Technology Act Program (WATAP)
WATAP is housed at the University of Washington, Center on Technology & Disability Studies. WATAP can help you learn about and figure out how to fund assistive technology through through extensive resources on their website, http://watap.org/ or by calling their
toll free statewide information and referral phone number (for In-State Inquiries only):
WATA website information particularly helpful related to funding include:
Health Insurance Information for Families
Collected by the National Center of Medical Home Initiatives for Children with Special Needs at the American Academy of Pediatrics
Partnership for Prescription Assistance
The Partnership for Prescription Assistance brings together pharmaceutical companies, doctors, other health care providers, patient advocacy organizations and community groups to help qualifying patients who lack prescription coverage get the medicines they need through the public or private program that’s right for them. Many will get them free or nearly free. The Partnership's mission is to increase awareness of patient assistance programs and boost enrollment of those who are eligible. The site offers a single point of access to more than 475 public and private patient assistance programs, including more than 150 programs offered by pharmaceutical companies. To access the Partnership for Prescription Assistance by phone, you can call toll-free, 1-888-4PPA-NOW (1-888-477-2669).
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Related Pages on the Medical Home Website
Insurance/Finances Resource page
Government Agencies Resource page