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 Children’s Special Healthcare Services (CSHCS) 

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Children's Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) provides supplemental medical coverage to help families of children who have serious, chronic medical conditions, age birth to 21 years of age, who meet the program's financial and medical criteria, pay for treatment related to their child's condition.
Income Eligibility:
  • The gross household income must be less than or equal to 250% of the federal poverty income guidelines.   Household means a group of related or non-related individuals who are not residents of an institution, but who are living as one economic unit. CSHCS defines a pregnant woman as one family member.
The applicant must also be medically eligible to receive services.

Medical Eligibility:
Children’s Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) is a program to help Indiana children with severe chronic medical conditions which:
  • Have lasted (or are expected to last) at least two years;
  • Will produce disability, disfigurement, or limits the child’s ability to function;
  • Requires special diet or devices; or
  • Without treatment would produce a chronic disabling physical condition.
Some of the physical conditions which may qualify a child for services from CSHCS include:
  • Apnea
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma-Severe, 2 medications daily or frequent medications
  • Autism
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Chronic Anemia (e.g. Sickle Cell)
  • Chromosomal Disorders
  • Chronic Pulmonary Disease
  • Cleft Lip and/or Palate
  • Congenital Heart Disease or Arrhythmias
  • Cystic Fibrosis (life time medical eligibility)
  • Endocrine Deficiencies (e.g. Diabetics)
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Inborn Errors of Metabolism (e.g. PKU)
  • Myelodysplasia or Spinal cord Dysfunction (e.g. Spina Bifida)
  • Neuromuscular Dysfunction
  • Oncologic Disorders (e.g. Cancer)
  • Profound Bilateral Hearing Loss
  • Renal Disease
  • Seizure Disorder
  • Severe Hemophilia
  • Congenital or acquired developmental deformities was left off of the eligible medical conditions.
What services are available?
  • Diagnostic evaluations
  • Comprehensive well child and sick child care
  • Specialty care and other services related to the eligible medical conditions
  • Immunizations
  • Prescription drugs
  • Routine dental care
  • Community referrals and information
  • Only covering qualifying condition
If you have questions please contact 317-233-1351 or 1-800-475-1355.

How to Apply:

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Applications are also accepted through: Contact CSHCS Eligibility Section at 317-233-1351 or 1-800-475-1355, Option 2, with any questions regarding enrollment.

Questions about care coordination; referrals or other information may be directed to the Care Coordination section at 317-233-1351 or 1-800-475-1355, Option 7

To complete an application, you will need these documents:  
  • Your child's birth certificate
  • Proof of residence (rent or property payment receipt, voter's registration, driver's license, or last year's federal income tax return)
  • Health insurance information
  • Proof for all household members income (three consecutive current paycheck stubs or recent federal income tax forms)
Important items to remember:
  • When requesting prior authorization, please make sure that the National Provider Identifier (NPI) number you give to the Prior Authorization nurse is the same NPI number you will use when you submit a claim for payment. The NPI number that appears on the prior authorization must match the NPI number that is in the pay-to box (field) on the claim. If these numbers do not match, your claim may be denied.
  • All other insurance must be used first.
  • All equipment, supplies, therapy, hospitalizations, and emergency room visits must be directly related to the eligible medical condition and must be authorized.
  • Medical and financial eligibility will be reevaluated annually.