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About Children's Special Health Care Services

If you have a child with a severe or chronic health condition, paying for medical care can be a challenge, even if you have insurance.

Sometimes regular health insurance isn’t enough. Children’s Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) is a state program that coordinates and pays for specialty health care for children and some adults with special health care needs. It helps pay for specialty medical bills and can cover co-pays and deductibles if you have insurance or Medicaid. If you don’t have insurance, it can provide specialty coverage. Help may also be available for travel expenses related to a child’s medical care.

BEDHD provides CSHCS to eligible residents of Barry and Eaton counties. We work with you to ensure that you and your child receive the very best care.

Your child’s medical condition, not your income, determines if they qualify for CSHCS. More than 2,600 diagnoses are eligible for CSHCS coverage, including asthma, cancer, cerebral palsy, cleft palate, liver disease, club foot, limb abnormalities, spina bifida, certain vision disorders, paralysis or spinal injuries, cystic fibrosis, hemophilia, insulin-dependent diabetes, muscular dystrophy, certain heart conditions, epilepsy, kidney disease.  Your child must also live in Michigan and be 20 years old or under (exception: there is no age restriction for cystic fibrosis and hemophilia). Families of all incomes can enroll their child, including those with other health insurance.

More Information

For more information or to see if you child might be covered, call BEDHD at the below numbers or visit the MDHHS CSHCS website.

Barry County: (269) 798-4115 or (269) 798-4116

Eaton County: (517) 541-2635 or (517) 541-2696

Family Phone Line: 1-800-359-3772

For Health Care Providers

Please refer your eligible clients to CSHCS. BEDHD can provide you with informational brochures about CSHCS upon request. For more information, visit the MDHHS CSHCS website. A list of eligible diagnoses, can be found here.

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