Last updated: July 6, 2022

The following COVID-19 resources offer information for families, caregivers, state agencies, and advocates of children or specifically children with special health care needs. Links are regularly updated.  

For Families
Renew Your Medicaid or CHIP Coverage
As pandemic-based Public Health Emergency policies wind down, some individuals with Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage may be disenrolled. Families should take steps to ensure that their children’s coverage does not change. This page has additional information and guidance for each state.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions: Children with Special Health Care Needs
Basic information on COVID-19 and how to support children and families.

Parents Helping Parents, Inc.
COVID-19 Resources for Families
This website features several videos on how to support children with special health care special needs and their families during the pandemic.

National Health Law Program and Family Voices of California
Access to Care Through California Children’s Services During COVID-19
This fact sheet answers key questions about access to care through California Children’s Services during COVID-19. It also provides information on free legal assistance. The fact sheet is available in English, Chinese and Spanish.

For Caregivers

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
COVID-19 Materials for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Care Providers
The materials on this page were created to help make communicating about COVID-19 a little easier. Choose from videos, posters, social stories, and interactive activities to best meet your communication needs. The materials are also available in Spanish.

National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities
Get Out the Vaccine
Information to help people with disabilities and their families make decisions about being vaccinated for COVID-19

American Academy of Pediatrics
The Impact of the Pandemic on Households with CYSHCN
The American Academy of Pediatrics collaborated with other agencies to conduct a Family Snapshot Survey that asked about how families’ financial, educational, and relational lives have changed during the pandemic. This report highlights responses from families of children and youth with special health care needs.

Pediatric Nursing
Mental Health Needs During COVID-19: Responses in Pediatric Health Care
This article highlights the profound effect the pandemic is having on children’s mental and emotional health and outlines resources for nurses to share with families.

Center for Health Care Strategies
Ensuring COVID-19 Vaccine Equity for Children: Considerations for Pediatric Teams and Community Partners
This blog post offers considerations for pediatric medical care teams and community partners to ensure more equitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution among children.

For State Agencies

Georgetown University Center for Children and Families
Medicaid and CHIP Eligibility and Enrollment Policies as of January 2022: Findings from a 50-State Survey
The survey presents a snapshot of actions states are taking to prepare for the lifting of the continuous enrollment requirement, as well as key state Medicaid enrollment and renewal procedures in place during the public health emergency.

Health Management Associates
COVID-19 Policy Flexibilities Affecting Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs
This report identifies key policy flexibilities enacted during the public health emergency and summarizes stakeholders’ perspectives about the impact of the flexibilities on CYSHCN and their families and providers. Also see a related webinar about telehealth policies and webinar about behavioral health policies.

For Advocates

Executive Summary: Tracking Telehealth Changes State-by-State in Response to COVID-19
A federal and comprehensive 50-state tracker for policy, regulatory and legal changes related to telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic. This executive summary outlines recent federal and state developments. The full tracker with details for each state is available through Manatt’s subscription service.