Pediatric Health Care Support
What We Do
The Health Care Program for Children and Youth with Special Needs, or “HCP”, provides services to children and youth with special health care needs from birth to 21 living in Colorado who have, or are at risk for, physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions. HCP services are tailored to fit the needs of individual families. HCP has no diagnosis or income restrictions. Most services are free and no family is ever turned away due to their inability to pay.
HCP supports families to manage a wide range of questions, concerns and services for their child with special health care needs through:
- Information and resources.
- Individualized care coordination.
- Access to specialty care for children and youth statewide by helping families get referrals to and from specialized care and hosting specialty clinics in rural locations.
- Connection to services, which are accessible, comprehensive, coordinated, compassionate, continuous, culturally sensitive, and family centered.
Who is Eligible?
Colorado children ages 0 to 21 years old with special needs or a traumatic brain injury qualify for HCP.
Discounts for essential services are offered based on family size and income. We serve all patients, regardless of ability to pay. We accept Medicaid, Medicare, and the Children’s Health Insurance Plan.
How much does this program cost?
There is no charge to families who qualify financially. There are sliding fees associated with specialty clinics, and the child’s insurance is billed by specialty providers.
Families are assisted in applying for Medicaid, CHP+, and SSI where appropriate.
Most services are free and no family is ever turned away due to their inability to pay.
This project was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U. S. Government.
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau defines the population of children and youth with special health care needs as “those who have, or are at increased risk for having, a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional condition and who also require health and related services of a type or amount beyond that required by children [and youth] generally” (Maternal and Child Health Bureau, McPherson, et al., 1998).