Catalyst Center. Improving financing of care for children and youth with special health care needs.
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Expanded Tutorial: Learn about the TEFRA/Katie Beckett Option

The Catalyst Center has created a new section for Public Insurance Programs and Children with Special Health Care Needs: A Tutorial on the Basics of Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Read TEFRA/Katie Beckett Option: A Pathway to Medicaid for Children with Disabilities to learn about: 
  • This important alternate pathway to Medicaid for children with disabilities
  • The eligibility criteria
  • The difference between the TEFRA/Katie Beckett Option and Home and Community-based Services (HCBS) waivers
And, if you haven't perused the tutorial lately, you'll be pleasantly surprised to see we've updated the Federal Poverty Levels (Section 2, pg. 13 ) and Selected Resources. Please take a few minutes to tell us what you think at As always, your feedback helps us improve our work and informs future projects.
Spoiler alert!
A new, in depth section about EPSDT is coming soon.
In case you missed it:
New Model for Meeting the Needs of the Most Fragile Children
Care coordination can make a huge difference for families caring for CSHCN. It's especially important for families raising children with medical complexity. Complex care clinics provide care coordination, but reimbursement remains a challenge.  Proposed federal legislation, the Advancing Care for Exceptional Kids Act of 2015, would establish national centers to coordinate medical and social services for children with medical complexity enrolled in Medicaid. The proposed centers would provide reimbursement, improve quality of care, and save money.

Take Action on Care Coordination, a webinar hosted by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health

Date: April 13, 2016
Time: 10:30 PDT, 11:30 MDT; 12:30 CDT; 1:30 EDT
Effective care coordination ranks high on the priority list of families of children with special health care needs, yet it remains an elusive goal for most. This webinar will feature a parent's perspective, along with real-life examples from a provider and a payer on how to develop effective local care coordination systems. The webinar is designed as a first step in building a national movement to promote care coordination policies and payment options that better serve children, families, and care providers. Learn more and register for the Take Action on Care Coordination webinar.  
About the Catalyst Center
The Catalyst Center, the National Center for Health Insurance and Financing for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U41MC13618, $473,000. This information or content and conclusions are those of the Catalyst Center staff and should not be construed as the official position or policy of nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.
LCDR Leticia Manning, MPH, MCHB/HRSA Project  Officer.

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