Families USA has released a new issue brief entitled “How Medicaid Protects Children with Special Health Care Needs.” The issue brief explains how one in five children have special healthcare needs (or 14 million children) and half of them rely on Medicaid/CHIP for coverage. In some cases, the coverage Medicaid provides supplements private insurance for services that insurance doesn’t pay for. These services include early and periodic screening, diagnostic, and treatment (EPSDT) services and long-term services and supports. The issue brief explains how the vital services which Medicaid provides allow families to keep their child at home while still receiving care. The issue brief also uses individual case studies to show real world examples of how these services help families.
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