First, the Basics... (continued)

Do I need to worry about costs?

No! If your child is eligible for the Early Intervention Program, early intervention services must be provided at no cost to you.

Health insurance, including private insurance and Medicaid, is used to pay for early intervention services in New York State.

New York State law protects family insurance policies from being affected by payments for early intervention services. Your insurance policy can only be used if your insurance company is licensed or regulated by New York State. If your policy is not subject to New York State regulation, its use is voluntary on your part.

When your insurance is used for early intervention:

  • You will not have to make out-of-pocket payments for co-payments or deductibles. This is true even if your insurance company is not licensed or regulated by New York State and you volunteer to use your insurance for early intervention.
  • Payments for early intervention services will not be applied to the annual and lifetime caps in your insurance policy. Your coverage for health services will not be reduced because your child is receiving early intervention services. These protections apply to your policy only if your insurer is licensed or regulated by New York State.

New York State has a health insurance plan for kids called Child Health Plus. Children under the age of 19 who are not eligible for Medicaid and who have limited or no health insurance may be eligible. For information, call the Child Health Plus toll-free number at 1-800-698-4KIDS (1-800-698-4543).

What are my rights and responsibilities as a parent in the Early Intervention Program?

As a parent in the Early Intervention Program:

  • You take part in all the decisions.
  • Meetings are held at times good for you.
  • Your permission is required at every step of the process.
  • All information about your child and family is confidential.
  • You have the right to have your views heard and considered if you disagree with others. To learn more about your rights, and what to do if you disagree with any decision, see "Your Rights as a Parent in the Early Intervention Program."

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