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Family Health Hotline - a program of WithinReach

Statewide hotline for parents and providers looking for resources including health insurance for children with special needs.  1-800-322-2588 

www.withinreachwa.org/hotlines

ParentHelp123.org - a program of WithinReach

On ParentHelp123, you will be able to:

  • Find out if you or your children may be eligible for health insurance, food assistance and nutrition programs.
  • Fill out program applications on-line.
  • Learn where to send the applications and what documentation to include.
  • Search for local resources and services, including baby supplies, WIC clinics and food banks.

http://parenthelp123.org

Finding Your Way in Managed Care: A Guide for Washington Families with Children with Special Health Care Needs 

Developed by the Washington State Department of Health-Children with Special Health Care Needs Program. Available in English and Spanish.

http://here.doh.wa.gov/materials/finding-your-way-in-managed-care/

Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC)

http://www.insurance.wa.gov/consumers/health/index.shtml

  • OIC Consumer Hotline:  1-800-562-6900 for questions or complaints. 
  • Statewide Health Insurance Benefit Advisers (SHIBA HelpLine): Primary focus is Medicare and health insurance for adults. Call 1-800-397-4422.  

Washington Prescription Drug Program (WPDP)- Administered by the Washington State Health Care Authority

WPDP is a new prescription drug discount program created by the legislature at the request of Governor Gregoire. It is similar to a grocery store club card where discounts are taken off at the point of sale

 

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Who is eligible to join?

  • Washington State residents
  • No age or income restrictions
  • Each person must enroll individually

There are 3 ways to enroll in the program:

    Online at www.rx.wa.gov

    Call toll-free number of 1-800-913-4146

    Mail in a postage-paid, self-addressed enrollment form

FREE Bulk WPDP enrollment forms can be ordered by agencies at www.rx.wa.gov

WPDP enrollment forms come in eight different languages including: Chinese, English, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese

Starting Point Resource Guide

Search for “Health Insurance” and “Finances” under Resource Category

http://cshcn.org/sites/default/files/webfm/file/
StartingPointGuide.pdf

Washington Health Foundation

Information on programs across Washington to help children and families access health insurance.

www.whf.org/

 

Summary of the Health Insurance Sectors in Washington and Avenues for Reforms

Report defines the various health insurance sectors in Washington State and organizes them to help define possible avenues of reform for the Let's Get Washington Covered Task Force on Health Insurance.

www.insurance.wa.gov/special/coverwashington/answers/
avenues%5Ffor%5Freform.pdf

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Consumer and Patient website pages: Health plans

 

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality website with Checkup on Health Insurance Choices, Choosing and Using a Health Plan and Insure Kids Now: Low-Cost or Free Health Coverage

www.ahrq.gov/consumer/

Glossary of Managed Care Terms

From the US Dept. of Health and Human Services

http://aspe.hhs.gov/Progsys/forum/mcobib.htm

A Guide to SSI and Social Security Benefits for Children and Youth in Out-of-Home Care

Developed by Casey Family Programs.

www.casey.org/Resources/Publications/Archive/GuideToSSI.htm

Families USA

National nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans.

www.familiesusa.org/index.html

Navigating Medicare and Medicaid: Resource Guides for People with Disabilities, Their Families, and Their Advocates

 

The Kaiser Family Foundation

Publish Date: 2005-02-07

Guides offer a basic, practical introducation to the Medicare and Medicaid programs for roughly 20 million children, adults and seniors with disabilities.

The guides are available in PDF and HTML formats at:

www.kff.org/medicare/med020705pkg.cfm

Health Insurance:  Healthy and Ready to Work Website

Practical tips on choosing a health insurance plan, paying for care, public insurance/ service (gov't), private insurance, policy/advocacy centers, insurance regulations- laws & statutes and more.

www.hrtw.org/healthcare/hlth_ins.html

 

HealthCare Coach

HealthCareCoach.com is a project of the non-profit National Health Law Program.  Website focus on improving access to quality health care, educating consumers about their legal rights and providing information and policy advocacy.

www.healthcarecoach.com

 

Knowledge Path: Child and Adolescent Health Insurance and Access to Care

Articles and material selected for the US Maternal and Child Health Library at Georgetown University

www.mchlibrary.info/KnowledgePaths/kp_insurance.html

Private Insurance: Managed Care Issues & Advocacy

Practical tips from Family Voices- Discussion of the issues involved with managed care programs and a brief guide for parents on how to advocate within your health plan for services for your child with special needs.

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