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Is your child receiving adequate health care?

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DOUGLAS COUNTY – The schools in Douglas County School District (DCSD) provide many options for children who have a variety of learning styles. Another factor that contributes to student success is access to sufficient health care.

Health insurance plans may not provide the coverage necessary to meet a child’s needs, and some families do not have any health insurance coverage. Children and teens who are not receiving the care they need may qualify for free or low-cost health insurance coverage through Medicaid or Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+). Parents may also be eligible for Medicaid.

In conjunction with the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid provides health coverage to millions of Americans, including eligible low-income adults, children, pregnant women, elderly adults and people with disabilities. Medicaid is administered by states, according to federal requirements.

Medicaid and CHIP typically cover a range of benefits including:
  • Doctor Visits
  • Emergency Care
  • Hospital Care
  • Immunizations
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Vision
  • Hearing
  • Dental

The DCSD Health Services department is working to ensure that all Douglas County students have access to the health care options they need. They assist families with the process of applying for Medicaid and identifying low-cost health insurance options. If you or someone in your family needs health coverage, we encourage you to apply. Enrollment for Medicaid is open year-round.

The Medicaid School Health Services program allows schools in Colorado to use Medicaid reimbursement funds to help pay for certain health care services. For many children, schools are the primary entry point for receiving needed health and social services.

DCSD’s Health Services department works with the special education teams in District schools to claim Medicaid reimbursement through the state’s Medicaid Extended School Health Program. These reimbursement funds enable schools to provide health and wellness services for children who may have specific needs or lack medical insurance. Reimbursement funds also contribute to the funding for school nurses, vision and audiology equipment, health education materials and resources for special education and mental health staff to address health and wellness needs for all DCSD students.

Participating in the Medicaid school health and related services reimbursement program does not diminish a child’s Medicaid benefits in other settings. Per Colorado Medicaid law, Medicaid school reimbursement funds are used to enhance health-related services to benefit all students in Douglas County School District.  

To learn more about Medicaid and CHP+ and how to enroll, visit or call 1-877-KIDS-NOW (1-877-543-7669).

Contact the DCSD Health Services department by calling 303-387-0267, or via email at medicaid[at]dcsdk12[dot]org.

April 14, 2015 | By SCPaulsen | Category: District, Health Wellness and Prevention, Health Services

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