Learn About Additional Resources

After enrolling in the Children’s Health Insurance Program, members will receive access to a variety of health care benefits and services. This program allows for children in low-income households to receive health care coverage. Health insurance is incredibly valuable because it makes health care affordable for all Americans. CHIP gives states the financial funding they need to expand coverage to uninsured children who do not meet the eligibility requirements for children. This program prioritizes the health of the nation’s low-income children and certain eligible adults, depending on the state. Typically, the federal government provides states with a set amount of funding for CHIP that will be matched by state dollars.

The Children’s Health Insurance Program focuses on the health of children, but children require much more than insurance to live a healthy lifestyle. A child’s brain has the most development during the earliest years of life, and it is essential to promote healthy physical, social and emotional development during this time. The foundations of learning, behavior and health that are established at an early age tend to carry throughout a child’s life. In the sections below, parents can review various additional resources to Medicaid and CHIP services that can help guide the healthy development of young, low-income children.

Learn About Health Care at Home

Government and private health care programs can be a good foundation for a healthy lifestyle, but simple home remedies for health problems may be able to help with simple ailments. However, in order to put young children on the best path to health and success, it is essential to prioritize the health of parents and caregivers, too. Parents and guardians are vital for the healthy development of children because they can instill healthy habits in the household. In addition to healthy habits, parents can also take advantage of various effective home remedies such as honey and lemon for sore throats or green tea for coughs. These tips can be incredible useful because there are often age restrictions to certain medications. For example, children under six are no longer permitted to use over-the-counter cough medications. Utilizing these natural health remedies can reduce the amount of doctor’s visits for members of the household.

Some other common home remedies for children include:

  • Chamomile tea for colic.
  • Baking soda for bug bites.
  • Cucumber slices for minor swelling.
  • Cayenne pepper for nosebleeds.

Note: Home remedies are not a replacement for professional medical services. Instead, these remedies should be used as a healthy supplement to a doctor’s recommendation.

Furthermore, parents and guardians can establish a focus on preventive care for children. Most health plans under government sponsored health insurance are required to provide preventive services for children at no additional cost. These services typically include screenings and immunizations intended to help prevent illnesses or diseases and keep families healthy. Preventive health care begins from the moment a child is born and continues until he or she is an adult. Some common preventive health services that are covered by CHIP include:

  • Alcohol, tobacco, and drug use assessments for adolescents.
  • Autism screenings for children.
  • Blood screening for newborns.
  • Depression screenings for adolescents.
  • Developmental screenings for children.
  • Various immunization vaccines.

Note: Preventive health services are only free when they are administered by a doctor or other provider within the CHIP insurance plan network. To learn more about preventive care and other health resources, parents can download our comprehensive CHIP guide.

Learn About Children’s Mental Health and Primary Care Resources

CHIP and Medicaid offer various resources to keep children healthy both physically and mentally. No matter how healthy of a lifestyle you may have established at home, it is imperative that you provide your child with the best mental health and primary care services. Currently, Medicaid and CHIP are the largest providers of mental health resources for children with special health care needs. These children have or are at risk for chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions that require additional mental and primary health services. CHIP insurance aims to assist by designing an effective benefits program that offers mental health resources for children, youth and their families. This program is vital for low-income children and adolescents who would otherwise be unable to afford the mental health services that they need.

When left untreated, behavioral and emotional disorders can have drastic and costly consequences on a person’s life. In order to ensure that children are transitioning into health and productive adults, it is crucial that child and teen mental health services are available to implement prevention, early intervention and treatment for youth with mental illnesses. Some of the illnesses and disorders that can be addressed with mental health resources include:

  • Depression.
  • Anxiety disorder.
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder.
  • Mood disorders.
  • Eating disorders.

Note: Mental health resources can be beneficial for everyone. Children who have not been diagnosed with any mental illnesses or disorders can still benefit from using the various mental health resources that are available through CHIP insurance.

How to Find the Right Pediatrician for Your Child

When it comes to the health of your children, it is only natural to want the best option that CHIP or Medicaid can provide. You want to ensure that your child is in good hands and that their health and wellness is truly being cared for. Pediatricians have specialized training in taking care of children until they are young adults. Many families tend to stay with a pediatrician that they are happy with, but there may be an occasion where you need to find a new doctor. For example, you will need to find a new pediatrician if you move to a new city or your child’s current pediatrician retires.

It can be daunting to choose a pediatrician from the numerous qualified candidates. Parents may be hesitant, but it is incredibly important that they pick a suitable pediatrician for their needs. There are numerous helpful tips for choosing the right pediatrician to meet a family’s health care needs. While these tips will not always guarantee a perfect pediatrician, they can help to narrow down the options to a few appropriate candidates. Some common tips include:

  • Contacting the American Academy of Pediatrics for a list of board-certified pediatricians by community.
  • Visiting a local or county medical society for a referral.
  • Visiting local medical centers, community hospitals or teaching hospitals and contacting their department of pediatrics.
  • Visiting a local Medicaid office for more information about providers in the network.

Once a list of candidates has been composed, families can conduct short interviews with the selected pediatricians. Inquire about a doctor’s background, training and general office procedures. Ask any additional questions about specific health care needs. After all the interviews have been conducted, the best candidate should be selected.

If you are ever unsatisfied with your pediatrician, do not hesitate to search for another one within your network. To learn about finding a pediatrician for your child and other resources for your family’s health, download our informative guide today.