Medicaid: Referring Military Families to Supports and Services

Military families have unique concerns around the supports and services needed by their child with special needs. On the one hand, they have guaranteed medical coverage through TRICARE, the military health care system and its range of special programs. On the other, there are distinct limits to coverage and programs which may leave military families without some essential supports and services. Medicaid can be an option for some military families which they may not have considered, and which Parent Center staff can help them explore.

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Extended Care Health Option (ECHO)

The Extended Care Health Option (ECHO) is a program offered through TRICARE, the military health care system.

ECHO may help some military families who have a family member with special needs. ECHO focuses on integrated sets of services and supplies beyond those available through TRICARE programs. Services are intended to reduce the disabling effects of a beneficiary’s condition. ECHO is only available as a supplement to TRICARE programs. If services or supplies are available through a beneficiary’s TRICARE plan, they won’t be covered under ECHO.

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What are military families experiencing with the TRICARE ABA service changes?

What are military families experiencing with the TRICARE ABA service changes?
 
 
TRICARE recently changed reimbursement amounts for ABA services. Are the policy changes affecting military families?  Here’s a chance for military families to share their experience.  Specialized Training of Military Parents (STOMP) has launched a survey.  Feel free to share this quick, SURVEY (external link) with your families.  Add it to your parent center e-newsletter, post on your FB pages, and/or share on a corner of your website, if appropriate.  An interactive way to let them know their voice matters.  A chance for military families to join the nearly 150 voices sharing their experience.

The Respite Care Question for Military Children

The parents sitting in front of you are desperate for respite care. You’re very knowledgeable about respite care options in their community, but you’re not certain those will work out for this family – they’re a military family and might encounter difficulties. You’ve also heard there are military programs that might help this family, but neither you nor the parents know what they are or how to sign up for them.

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When A Child’s Parent Has PTSD

Reprinted with permission of the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

Jennifer L. Price, PhD
Updated January 3, 2015

Researchers have examined the impact of Veterans’ PTSD symptoms on family relationships, and on children of Veterans in particular. Understanding how these symptoms affect relationships can help families and children of Veterans cope with difficulties, should they arise. Although much of the research described here has been conducted with children of Vietnam Veterans, findings from this body of research may generalize to children of Veterans from other eras as well as non-Veterans with PTSD.

How might a Veteran’s PTSD symptoms affect his or her children?

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