Children's Special Health Care Services

Assistance When Regular Health Insurance Isn't Enough

Children's Special Health Care Services

Sometimes regular health insurance isn’t enough. Children’s Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) is a state program that coordinates and pays for specialty health care for children and some adults with special health care needs. It helps pay for specialty medical bills and can cover co-pays and deductibles if you have insurance or Medicaid. If you don’t have insurance, it can provide specialty coverage. Help may also be available for travel expenses related to a child’s medical care.

BEDHD provides CSHCS to eligible residents of Barry and Eaton counties. We work with you to ensure that you and your child receive the very best care.

Your child’s medical condition, NOT your income, determines if they qualify. CSHCS covers more than 2,700 physical conditions when certain criteria are met. NOTE: CSHCS does not cover developmental, behavioral or intellectual conditions. Eligibility is determined by severity, chronicity of the condition, and the need for treatment by a specialist as evaluated by a MDHHS medical consultant. Families of all incomes can enroll their child, including those with other health insurance.

Children must be under the age of 26. Persons age 26 and above with cystic fibrosis, hereditary coagulation defects commonly known as hemophilia, or hereditary red blood cell disorders commonly known as sickle cell disease may also qualify.

For More Information

To request a call from a Children's Special Health Care expert from the Barry-Eaton District Health Department, please complete the brief self-referral form below.

You can also call BEDHD at: (517) 541-2635 or (517) 541-2696, visit the MDHHS CSHCS website, or call the Family Phone Line: 1-800-359-3722.

*Page last updated: [5/13/2024]