Vermont – Limited financial assistance for Children with Special Health Needs could be granted at the discretion of the commissioner of the Department of Health

The Office of Children with Special Health Needs may backpedal on its plan to phase out its financial assistance program.

Children with Special Health Needs faced a strong backlash from families of children with special needs and disability advocacy groups after it proposed to terminate its payor of last resort program.

The office currently covers costs not met by families’ public or private insurance plans for approximately 400 families, about 20 of which have neither Medicaid nor private insurance. The Shumlin administration proposed the elimination of the program as an administrative rule change that must be approved by lawmakers.

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