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Your Questions on the Essential Health Benefits Bulletin Answered

Authors Comeau, M.

Date 2012

Project Catalyst Center

Keywords CYSHCN, Health Benefits, Health Reform

In every issue of Catalyst Center Quarterly, we tackle a current topic related to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). Below is a compilation of several questions that we’ve been asked by stakeholders regarding the Essential Health Benefits Bulletin issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on December 16, 2011, and its possible impact on CYSHCN.

A Call to Action for Social Work: Minimizing Financial Hardship for Families of Children with Special Health Care Needs

Authors Bachman, S.S. , Comeau, M.

Date 2010

Project Catalyst Center

Keywords CYSHCN, Financial Hardship

Families face significant challenges in caring for their CSHCN. For many families, one of these challenges is the economic impact of inadequate health care coverage. Families must make hard choices about how to spend limited salaries and then make substantial sacrifices in other domains to ensure adequate care for their children. But for other families, the resources to pay for care are simply not there. Children and youths who are uninsured or whose insurance does not pay for critical components of care may experience adverse outcomes in relation to health, development, and capacity to function because their families just cannot afford to pay for vitally needed care.

State Health Care Financing Strategies for Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Authors Bachman, S.S. , Comeau, M. , Tobias, C., Allen, D., Epstein, S., Jantz, K., Honberg, L.

Date 2012

Project Catalyst Center

Keywords CYSHCN, Financing

This resource offers a descriptive summary of programs developed to provide services children with intellectual and developmental disabilities need to maximize quality of life.

Disparities in Insurance Coverage among Children with Special Health Care Needs: How Social Workers Can Promote Social and Economic Justice

Authors Wilson, K., Hirschi, M., Comeau, M. , Bronheim, S., Bachman, S. S.

Date 2014

Project Catalyst Center

Keywords CYSHCN, Health Equity

In this article, we first provide information about CSHCN, insurance status, and associated disparities. We then discuss practice and policy initiatives that social workers could pursue to reduce these disparities, including initiatives prompted by the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Action aimed at ensuring access to health coverage and care for vulnerable children and their families is a critical component of the mission of the social work profession; social workers are encouraged to take action to promote social and economic justice for CSHCN and their families.