The Catalyst Center is a national center dedicated to improving health care coverage and financing for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN).

We work with states and stakeholder groups to identify strategies to:

Cover more kids
Close benefit gaps.
Pay for additional services
Build capacity

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Families: The next Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment Period is coming up. Here are 4 key dates you should know:

  • November 15, 2014: Open Enrollment begins. Apply for, keep, or change your coverage.
  • December 15, 2014: Enroll by the 15th if you want new coverage that begins on January 1, 2015. If your plan is changing or you want to change plans, enroll by the 15th to avoid a lapse in coverage.
  • December 31, 2014: Coverage ends for 2014 plans. Coverage for 2015 plans can start as soon as January 1st.
  • February 15, 2015: This is the last day you can apply for 2015 coverage before the end of Open Enrollment.


Enrollment is always open for Medicaid and CHIP. Learn more about Medicaid and CHIP for kids at insurekidsnow .

If your child has special health care needs, you may be eligible for coverage at higher income levels, or for other public benefits programs in your state. Find the Family-to-Family Health Information Center in your state and other organizations that can assist you on the Catalyst Center’s family resources page

Public Insurance Programs and Children with Special Health Care Needs: A Tutorial on the Basics of Medicaid and CHIP

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The Catalyst Center is funded under cooperative agreement #U41MC13618 from the Division of Services for Children with Special Health Needs, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Many of the photos on this site were shared with us by Family Voices network members. Many thanks to the children, teens, young adults and parents who allowed us to include them on our site.

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