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What is Children’s Special Health Care Services (CSHCS)?

CSHCS is a program within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). It is for children and some adults with special health care needs and their families.

The CSHCS Program:

  • Focuses on family-centered services for over 2,600 diagnoses
  • Pays for specialty medical bills
  • Provides help finding specialty services
  • Supports coordination of services
  • Helps families with language and cultural differences
  • Assists in locating resources
  • Connects families to community-based services through local health departments

Who is eligible for CSHCS?

Several factors decide whether a person is eligible for CSHCS:
  • Children and some adults with certain eligible medical conditions as determined by CSHCS doctors
  • Families of all incomes are eligible to join, including those with other health insurance
  • Some families, based on their income, pay a fee to join CSHCS (local health departments can explain what CSHCS is likely to cover to help determine if this fee to join will be worthwhile)
  • Residency: Must be a Michigan resident
  • Citizenship: Must be a US citizen or documented non-citizen admitted for permanent residence or a non-citizen legally admitted migrant farm worker (i.e., seasonal agricultural worker)
  • Age: Children must have a qualifying medical condition and be 20 years old or under. Persons 21 and older with cystic fibrosis or certain hereditary blood coagulation disorders commonly known as hemophilia may also qualify.
  • Qualifying Medical condition: A MDHHS medical consultant reviews each case to determine eligibility. Severity and chronicity of the person's condition as well as the need for treatment by a specialist are factors considered. More than 2,500 diagnoses are potentially eligible.

How to apply for CSHCS

  • Have the patient’s specialist send a medical report to CSHCS
  • If there is no specialist yet, call the Calhoun County Public Health Department at 269-969-6390 or the Family Phone Line at 1-800-359-3722
  • A CSHCS doctor will review the medical report and decide if the patient qualifies for CSHCS
  • If the patient is eligible, an application will be mailed to the patient/family
  • When the application is received, the patient or family must complete and return the application to CSHCS. Coverage cannot begin until the application is completed and returned to CSHCS
  • Those needing help completing the application can call the Calhoun County Public Health Department at (269) 969-6384 or the Family Phone Line at 1-800-359-3722
For more information on the Children’s Special Health Care Services program, please visit the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services' Website.
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