special-needs children

State Softens Stance On Screening For Children's Medical Services

Oct 19, 2015
Florida Department of Health

Under orders from an administrative law judge, the Department of Health on Friday held a hearing on a controversial new method of determining eligibility for Children's Medical Services -- and offered a compromise that could allow the department to resume enrolling special-needs kids.

Senate Panel Wants Answers From DOH On Children's Health Programs

Oct 8, 2015

A Florida Senate panel on Wednesday demanded answers from a state Department of Health official about how many special-needs children have recently lost services as the state transitions to a new Medicaid system --- and why.

Judge Deciding Special-Needs Children Dispute

Aug 26, 2015
U.S. Army

An administrative law judge is considering a challenge to the Florida Department of Health involving the eligibility of children for a state program that provides specialized medical care.

Special-Needs Kids in Quandary

May 9, 2014
Flickr.com by slava

Florida pediatricians say they are worried about what will happen to young special-needs patients as the state privatizes the Children's Medical Services program over the next three months.

The changes are part of a larger transition for Medicaid patients from a traditional system -- in which doctors and hospitals bill the state whenever a patient receives a service --to prepaid health plans. Thanks to a 2011 law revamping Medicaid, Children’s Medical Services must make the transition to managed care by Aug. 1.