Choosing a Managed Care Plan*
In choosing a Managed Care Organization for a child in foster care, social service professionals if given a choice of plans may wish to consider a number of factors. Understanding both the specialized services a child will require, the geographic location of the childs residence and who will provide primary care are all important matters to bear in mind. A plans description of benefits and a list of primary care providers can be found through the plan service representative or, the plan ombudsman. The State Social Services and or Medicaid office may also have information about benefits.
The following list of health care services may be included in Managed Care Organizations.
Therapies/Home Care/Planning Services
Speech and language therapy
Durable Medical Equipment
Medications and Supplies
Specific questions you may want to ask include:
Choosing a Primary Care Provider
In choosing a primary care provider you are looking for someone who will value you as an expert on your child and acknowledge you as a competent partner. You want your Primary Care Provider to:
Some practical questions you might want to ask before thedoctor has seen your child.
*Adapted from Health Care Connections: A Guide for Families of Children with Special Health Care Needs; Produced by Bay Area Family Health Links, CARE, Family Resource Network, Matrix Parent Network & Resource Center, Support for Families of Children with Disabilities
** List is adapted from "PASSPORT: For Children with Special Health Care Needs" from University affiliated Program, Child Development & Rehabilitation Center, Oregon Health Science University.
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