Child Health Care
Child Health Plus
New York State has a health insurance plan for kids, called Child Health Plus. Depending on your family’s income, your child may be eligible to join either Child Health Plus A (formerly Children’s Medicaid) or Child Health Plus B. Both Child Heath Plus A and B are available through dozens of providers throughout the state. Enrolling in Child Health Plus is easy.
Family Health Plus
Family Health Plus is a public health insurance program for adults between the ages of 19 and 64 who do not have health insurance — either on their own or through their employers — but have incomes too high to qualify for Medicaid. Family Health Plus is available to single adults, couples without children, and parents with limited income who are residents of New York State and are United States citizens or fall under one of many immigration categories.
The State of New York is committed to quality health care for all of its residents. Important legislation has increased the availability of comprehensive health insurance coverage for New York’s uninsured workers and their families. The Health Care Reform Act of 2000 introduced a program entitled "Healthy NY" which promotes access to quality health care by providing comprehensive health insurance to those citizens who need it most.
Health Services for Children in Foster Care
Go to the Health Services for Children in Foster Care webpage to download OCFS’ nationally recognized manual, “Working Together”. The webpage also contains information on training, pertinent programs and policies, and resources to learn more.
Home and Community-Based Services Waiver Program "Bridges to Health" (B2H)
Evidence is growing that children in foster care – children who can no longer receive parental care – suffer severe emotional, developmental and health disabilities at higher rates than the general population. For example, one study found that children in foster care exhibit post-traumatic stress disorder at twice the rates of combat veterans. Even when they can be returned home, the return is fragile. The NYS foster care caseload approaches 27,000. Research and work with local social services districts lead to estimates that 8,000 of these children could be eligible for the federal Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) program.
The federal HCBS program permits states to receive federal Medicaid funding while waiving certain existing rules. In contrast to the existing program, HCBS waivers offer the opportunity to:
- target services to specific groups
- offer non-Medicaid services
- design services in new ways, e.g. permitting services to follow the child
- offer services otherwise allowed only in an institutional setting
The development of B2H was authorized by legislation directing the New York Department of Health (the state's Medicaid agency) to work with the Office of Children and Family Services to apply for waiver(s) to serve children in the care and custody of local departments of social services and OCFS. OCFS designed a foster-care-specific waiver application, known as B2H, to serve children with serious emotional disturbances, developmental disabilities and medical fragility.