Health Care Access For Special Needs Children

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Health Care Access for Special Needs Children By: Taylor Franke Course: HCA 310 Health Care Law and Compliance Instructor: Jan Duistermars Date: 2/18/16 Health Care Access The ability to have access to health care is especially important today. With the growing and increasing health care field, services, and treatments, comes the growing and added costs of having to pay for those services. The costs of those services can be very expensive and add up quickly. That’s why there’s significant pressure on the ability to obtain health care insurance. Access to health care and insurance can assist with health care costs, however paying for health care and insurance can be just as costly. “It has been estimated that more than 40 …show more content…

One reason could be that children with special needs utilize the health care system more when compared to children without special needs, therefore could cause differences in deductibles, co-payments, limitations on benefits and providers (Kogan, Newacheck, Blumberg, Ghandour, Singh, Strickland, & Dyck, 2010, pg. 848). “3.8 million (38 percent) U.S. children with special health care needs were either uninsured or inadequately insured” (Szilagyi, P.G., 2012, pg.126). It’s important to find ways to fix or reduce the number of children without coverage or insurance with or without special needs. One solution is the implementation of care coordinated services for children. Care coordination assists parents and families with the help they need to coordinate all health care services of their children. Care coordination provides help with all aspects of health care services including but not limited to doctors’ visits, specialists, home care, and medications. The National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs identified possible health care needs unmet by coverage including preventative and specialist care, dental, hearing, and vision care, prescriptions, therapy, mental health, home health, mobility aids or devices, medical equipment, and communication aids (Kuo, Goudie, Cohen, Houtrow, Agrawal, Carle, & Wells, 2014, pg. 2192). Care coordination services could help lighten the burden off parents and families, because

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