The program’s goal is to assist families in obtaining special medical care for children with chronic illness or disabling conditions as a payer of last resort. This program generally assists families who do not have medical insurance, or families who have medical insurance
Maryland launches online resource database for children and youth with special health care needs. Visit this website to see resources that are available: http://specialneeds.dhmh.
1. Be a Maryland resident.
2. Be younger than 22 years old.
3. Meet medical requirements: have a diagnosed, or suspected, chronic illness or disability that requires medical evaluation and/or treatment.
4. Meet financial eligibility requirements. This is determined by the size and income of the family unit. Family unit includes members living in the child’s household. Medical deductions may help the family qualify for services.
1. Visits to specialists.
2. Elective inpatient procedures.
5. Lab Work/X-Ray.
6. Medical equipment.
9. Plastic surgery (facial defects).
Infant and Toddler/CMS Newsletters:
About Patient Centered Medical Homes:
A medical home is not a building, house, hospital or home healthcare service, but rather an approach to providing comprehensive primary care. In a family-centered medical home, the pediatric care team works in partnership with a child and a child's family to assure that all of the medical and non-medical needs of the patient are met.
The Children’s Medical Services program assists youth with special health care needs and their families to thoughtfully plan out moving from a child-centered medical provider (pediatrician) to an adult-centered medical provider and for the youth to become more independent with taking care of their health care needs.
Transitioning to an adult-centered health care system is one of the many transitions youth will experience as they reach adulthood. Other transitions may include graduating from high school, attending college or vocational training, entering the work force and moving away from home to community living.