To commemorate tomorrow’s 15-year anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), we are looking back at six key laws that have specifically helped improve the lives of children with special health care needs.
Two members of the 5Cs recently presented on Multiagency Collaboration to Improve Care Coordination: A County-Level Case Study of Children with Special Health Care Needs at the Community Pediatrics Poster Session of the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference in Washington, DC.
Alisa Rosillo has two teenage sons who use wheelchairs, but she hasn’t let these challenges slow her family down. In 2007, the Concord, CA, mom helped pass a state law to curb the abuse of disabled parking spots. Now she has another bill sitting on the Governor’s desk.
One of the most significant benefits of the California Children’s Services (CCS) program is the network of pediatric subspecialists and special care centers, including children’s hospitals, that CCS has developed through its credentialing process and enhanced reimbursement rates. Preservation of that network should be the top priority in any CCS redesign, says David Alexander, MD, president and CEO of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health. He notes that the network makes subspecialty care available to all the state’s children with complex needs, not only those covered by CCS. Read his commentary.