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

Families: Open Enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace begins on Sunday, November 1. Here are some important dates for obtaining health insurance coverage for 2016.

  • November 1, 2015: First day you can enroll in a 2016 insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace
  • December 15, 2015: Last day to enroll in or change plans for new coverage to start January 1, 2016
  • January 15, 2016: Last day to enroll in or change plans for new coverage to start February 1, 2016
  • January 31, 2016: 2016 Open Enrollment ends. Enrollments or changes between January 16 and January 31 take effect March 1, 2016.

If you don’t enroll in a 2016 health insurance plan by January 31, 2016, you can’t enroll in a health insurance plan for 2016 unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.

Remember: You can enroll in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) at any time. Learn more about Medicaid and CHIP 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.

Recursos Para Familias en Español

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, the National Center for Health Insurance and Financing for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U41MC13618, $473,000. This information or content and conclusions are those of the Catalyst Center staff and should not be construed as the official position or policy of nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.

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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