Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Children's Specialized Hospital's New Tool Helps Parents Choose Insurance

Magazine article The Exceptional Parent

Children's Specialized Hospital's New Tool Helps Parents Choose Insurance

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Children's Specialized Hospital is the first children's hospital in the country to create a tool to help parents of children with special needs choose the best health insurance product for their family.

As the nation's largest provider of pediatric specialty care services and pioneer in the treatment of children with complex medical needs, providing families with the resources necessary to make informed decisions when choosing an insurance plan is the logical next step to providing the highest quality of family centered care. This innovative website (www.childrensspecialized.org/insurance-education) educates parents and arms them with the tools they need to navigate insurance exchanges and select the best insurance product for their family.

"We recognize this is likely a nerve-wracking and complex process for parents --especially parents of children with special health care needs," said Amy B. Mansue, president and CEO, Children's Specialized Hospital. "When parents know what to look for, they can select an insurance plan that will help them maximize their child's access to care so he or she can reach their fullest potential."

With the emergence of health insurance exchanges (both public and private), there is an unprecedented amount of responsibility on parents to navigate the ins and outs of 10, 20, 30 + different types of insurance plans.

Senator Joseph Vitale, chairman of the New Jersey Senate Health Committee commended Children's Specialized Hospital for partnering with families to create this important tool. "Everyone needs to understand what is and isn't covered by their health insurance," said Senator Vitale. "It was incredibly insightful for Children's Specialized Hospital to work directly with the families it serves. This resource was built with expert knowledge from key thought leaders, heath care providers as well as parents that have had learned hard lessons about choosing the right health insurance for their family's unique medical needs."

Parents, particularly parents of children with long-term health needs, need to make sure they're asking the right questions about a health plan's coverage when selecting an insurance product. …

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