Health Advocates

For Adolescents
For Caregivers
For DCF Employees
FAQs
Fact Sheets
Health Advocates List (updated 6/3/18)
Health Advocate Role
Husky Website
Resources


Welcome to the Department of Children & Families Health Advocate website
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Navigating the complex and changing landscape of insurance and healthcare delivery services can be complicated and confusing.
 
There is help!  A team of Health Advocates at the Department of Children & Families are available to resolve insurance related problems and help ensure your DCF involved children and families have access to health care services at their point of need.

We invite you to explore the website. Learn how DCF Health Advocates can help you. Find answers to frequently asked questions.  Learn correct procedures. Get quick access to helpful resources and necessary forms.  Learn how to help adolescent youth transition to adulthood…. And much more.

Whether you are a DCF SW, nurse, manager, a youth involved with DCF or a person caring for a DCF child, our hope is that you will find the tools, up to date information and resources you need to make better connections with doctors and other healthcare providers, avoid potential billing problems and get the healthcare services that are needed.

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Health Advocate Role
The Mission of the Health Advocate Unit is to facilitate access to healthcare services and improve health outcomes of the children/youth and the families we serve. This mission is accomplished by developing internal/external partnerships, education and active participation in planning throughout the DCF system of care.
 
Health Advocates provide real time assistance in resolving barriers to necessary health care services. In this role, Health Advocates are problem solvers and help assure DCF-involved children and their families have access to emergency, urgent and routine medical, dental, vision and mental health services at their time of need.   Health Advocates support front-line DCF staff, foster parents, families, community programs (including MDE clinics) and staff in congregate care settings, assisting their efforts to provide comprehensive health services.  Health Advocates are the link between DCF and community providers, insurance companies, state agencies, our congregate care sites and our CTDHP/CTBHP partners. 
 
With a focus on prevention, Health Advocates are currently developing systems that reduce the likelihood that barriers will arise which prevent access to timely healthcare services.
 
Follow this link to learn more:  "Putting the Pieces Together" PowerPoint 

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FACT Sheets

Affordable Care Act Fact Sheet
ConneCT
Health Advocate Fact Sheet
Medicaid Changes:
     Foster Parent 
     Congregate Care 
     Relative Guardian And Adoptive Parent
     Social Workers
Prescription Drug Assistance

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FOR ADOLESCENTS


DCF Health Advocate Program 

Welcome to the Department of Children & Families Health Advocate website.  Navigating the complex and changing landscape of insurance and healthcare delivery services can be complicated and confusing.  There is help!  A team of Health Advocates at the Department of Children & Families are available to resolve insurance related problems and help ensure your DCF involved children and families have access to health care services at their point of need.

We invite you to explore the website. Learn how DCF Health Advocates can help you. Find answers to frequently asked questions.  Learn correct procedures. Get quick access to helpful resources and necessary forms.  Learn how to help adolescent youth transition to adulthood…. And much more.

Whether you are a DCF SW, nurse, manager, a youth involved with DCF or a person caring for a DCF child, our hope is that you will find the tools, up to date information and resources you need to make better connections with doctors and other healthcare providers, avoid potential billing problems and get the healthcare services that are needed.

We hope the Health Advocate website will be a valuable resource.  We will update information frequently so visit us as often as you can! 

At age 18, you can decide to stay involved with DCF or you can decide to leave DCF care.  You will need to complete a DCF-779 Form indicating your choice.  If you decide to stay involved with the agency, DCF will ensure you have medical coverage and access to the services you need.
 
If you decide to leave DCF care or you "age out" of DCF care, you may be eligible to receive Medicaid coverage until you are 26 years old.
 
On January 1, 2014, if you a) were in foster care in Connecticut on your 18th birthday or exited foster care after your 18th birthday, and b) were on Medicaid while in care, you will be eligible for Medicaid until your 26th birthday. ¹
 
Follow this link to learn about the Affordable Care Act.
 
¹ See, Kenny Feder and Sharon Langer, M.Ed., J.D. "Health Reform Provides New Health Coverage for Youth Formerly in Foster Care", CT Voices for Children. July 2013.

Things to know about your insurance

You have a Husky health card in your name with your client ID #. You may carry this card with you and should present it at all health appointments.

Covered services:

     Dental exams= 2 X per year
     Vision exams= 1 exam per year & complete glasses (frames & lenses) if needed
     Prescriptions= most medications that a MD deems medically necessary are covered
     Condoms and birth control are covered

School-based health centers.  Many schools have health centers located within the school.  These centers can provide a variety of medical services, such as: physicals, flu shots & immunizations.

Know your PCP (primary care physician).   Asking questions- you should know the name and phone # of your doctor.  You should feel free to ask questions about your healthcare, treatments, medications and/or anything that you are unclear about.

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FOR CAREGIVERS

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FOR DCF EMPLOYEES

Health Reform Provides New Health Coverage for Youth Formerly in Foster Care
Forms:
     MA-1 Instructions
     OHA Fax coversheet
     HA Authorization
     MAXIM Health Care Services - Closing Connecticut Operations

Coverage for Youth in Foster Care Though Age 26
 
"In order to help keep young adults insured, the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows adult children to remain on their parents' health insurance until the age of 26.  However, this provision does little for the 26,000 young men and women in the nation who age out of the foster care system each year – those who exit foster care without being reunified with their birth families, adopted, or placed in the care of another close, permanent connection.
 Recognizing the need to provide parity of coverage for youth who age out of the foster care system, the ACA also extends Medicaid eligibility to age 26 to all youth who were on Medicaid in foster care on their 18th birthday or who aged out of foster care at a later age.
The extension of Medicaid to youth formerly in foster care will be a valuable lifeline for these vulnerable young people who have high health needs and are disproportionately likely to be uninsured. For this reason, it is important that Connecticut efficiently and effectively implement this Medicaid expansion".¹
¹ See, Kenny Feder and Sharon Langer, M.Ed., J.D. "Health Reform Provides New Health Coverage for Youth Formerly in Foster Care", CT Voices for Children. July 2013. 
 
DCF Health Advocate Program

Navigating the complex and changing landscape of insurance and healthcare delivery services can be complicated and confusing.
 
There is help!  A team of Health Advocates at the Dept of Children & Families are available to resolve insurance related problems and help ensure your DCF involved children and families have access to health care services at their point of need.

We invite you to explore the website. Learn how DCF Health Advocates can help you. Find answers to frequently asked questions.  Learn correct procedures. Get quick access to helpful resources and necessary forms.  Learn how to help adolescent youth transition to adulthood…. And much more.

Whether you are a DCF SW, nurse, manager, a youth involved with DCF or a person caring for a DCF child, our hope is that you will find the tools, up to date information and resources you need to make better connections with doctors and other healthcare providers, avoid potential billing problems and get the healthcare services that are needed.

We hope the Health Advocate website will be a valuable resource.  We will update information frequently so visit us as often as you can! 

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RESOURCES

Autism Resources:

Autism Speaks - World's leading autism science and advocacy organization:  http://www.autismspeaks.org/family-services/resource-guide 
Sound Advice - Access a collection of live interviews with pediatricians, researchers and parents:  http://www2.aap.org/audio/autism/ 
Easter Seals - offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life's challenges and achieve personal goals:  http://www.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=ntlc8_autism_service
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention - Designed to help health care professionals gain knowledge and skills to improve early identification, diagnosis:  http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/index.html

 

CT Resources:

CT Behavioral Health Partnership - Access behavioral health and support services, and details on those programs:  www.ctbhp.com
CT Dental Health Partnership - Access dental services and details on those programs:  www.ctdhp.com
DSS Connect CT - Access information about your benefits and other DSS programs:  https://connect.ct.gov/access
HUSKY - Access information relating to CT Medicaid and all other programs:  http://www.ct.gov/hh/site/default.asp

 Dental Resources:

CT Oral Health Initiative - A statewide advocacy organization devoted to forwarding oral health in CT:  www.ctoralhealth.org
CT Dental Health Partnership - Access dental services and details on those programs:  www.ctdhp.com

 

Doctor Locator:

 

Amino  - makes it easy to find the doctors who have the most experience with your needs and book an appointment;   www.Amino.com

 

National Resources

NORD (National Organization of Rare Diseases)  - Access information relating to rare diseases, advocacy and support:  www.rarediseases.org
Administration for Children and Families - Connects child welfare and related professionals to comprehensive information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families:  www.childwelfare.gov
Health Grades - A quick search engine to access doctors and hospitals:  www.healthgrades.com

Prescription Assistance:

 

The Partnership for Prescription Assistance - Access to free, or nearly free, prescription medicines:   www.pparxct.org
Walmart Prescriptions - $4 Prescription Program that lets you choose from hundreds of generic drugs and over-the-counter medications:   www.walmart.com/cp/PI-4-Prescriptions/1078664