UIC DSCC can connect families of children with special healthcare needs to resources and services. Support through DSCC depends on the child's preferences and needs. Families would be connected with a Care Coordinator who would help in the following areas:
These healthcare management checklists were developed by University of Illinois at Chicago's Division of Specialized Care for Children (UIC DSCC). The purpose of completing a health management checklist is to help healthcare providers to understand the individual's level of independence and healthcare management needs by determining the tasks the caregivers currently perform, the patient's ability to learn new healthcare skills, and identify areas for education and practice for the individual's caregiver.
Young adults, up to age 26, can now obtain insurance coverage from their parent's health insurance plan. They may qualify even if:
They don't live with their parents
They are out of school
They are not financially dependent on their parents
They are married (but their spouse or children will not be covered)
Young adults are able to stay on their parent's plan or enroll again if they've already gone off it. If the parent's employer plan was already in place before March 23, 2010, young adults can qualify for that coverage only if they are not eligible for their own employer-sponsored plan.
Health plans that cover children can no longer limit or deny benefits for kids up to age 19 because of a pre-existing condition, a health problem, disease, or disability that the child developed before their parents applied for health coverage.
AIIKids eligibility applies to children from birth to 19 years of age, plus pregnant moms. Check with your AIIKids case manager before your 19th birthday to see if you will be eligible to continue on Medicaid.
Eligibility is based on income and assets, other health insurance, proof of disability and citizenship. Apply online
Medicaid & Medicare
Medicaid is a health care program for people with low income and limited resources. In most states, children who receive SSI payments qualify for Medicaid. In many states, Medicaid comes automatically with SSI eligibility. In other states, you must apply for it, such as in Illinois. Some children can get Medicaid coverage even if they do not qualify for SSI. Check with your local Social Security office, your state Medicaid agency, or your state or county social services office for more information.
Some people may not feel comfortable being on "public aid." Even if you have a primary health insurance plan, Medicaid will not only fund services but also serve as a supplemental insurance provider, picking up what your other insurance would not cover.
Medicaid is required for any state-funded services, including day programs, residential, respite, and case management services. Medicaid is not just insurance. When applying for services through community providers, one of the first requirements will be whether your child has Medicaid or is eligible for Medicaid.