Due to Connor’s diagnosis of tuberous sclerosis complex, he qualified for Katie Beckett Medicaid (known as TEFRA in some states). He is eligible for that program based solely on his medical condition. Parent finances are not a consideration. It acts as a secondary insurance, picking up a lot of what isn’t covered by our primary insurance. It is the reason we are able to get him so much therapy. As a result of qualifying for Medicaid, he also qualifies for the Health Insurance Premium Payment Program (HIPP). It assists with the monthly cost of the premium of our private insurance we get through my husband’s employer by reimbursing us on a monthly basis. Basically, it’s cheaper for the state to make sure we are able to keep our private insurance, rather than lose it and resort to full Medicaid.
We had recently been Googling to try and figure out whether a couple other states had similar programs to HIPP and were struggling to find the information. My husband was surprised to find a list of all states with such programs in his recent benefits enrollment package. I thought I’d post the contact information in case others were not aware of the possibility of applying for this program. We were lucky that Connor’s early intervention coordinator is really good about letting us know about various programs, but I meet a lot of people that have no idea. Hope this is helpful to other special needs families.
I’m having a terrible time keeping up with the blog now that I’m doing some other writing for meager pay to support my eBay habit. I’m trying, I swear! If I could just become a morning person, I could get so much more done. But almost 17 months of consistently getting up at 8 a.m. and I still can’t function properly until 10. Grover taunts me every morning with his chipper, go-getter attitude.
The big news is that Connor just started crawling the other day while we were in Blowing Rock, NC with my parents. He’s not doing it consistently, still doing a lot of commando crawling, but at least we know he can do it now. We are very excited. The cats are not. He’s also now demanding far too much attention after having Chris’ parents stay with us for the half a week leading up to the trip, and then another half week with my parents.
He also just added aquatic therapy to his regimen.
We are so loving how attentive he is to what is going on around him these days. He had a delightful meeting with the Chick-fil-A cow recently, and also cheered up some not-so-enthusiastic waitstaff at Texas Roadhouse during their obligatory hourly line dance. His clapping and enthusiasm had the embarrassed, Man-I-really-need-the-money staff smiling.
We had an appointment with his neurologist this morning and I requested we try name brand seizure meds (Trileptal and Keppra), in place of the generics since we continue to have breakthrough seizures. Many people swear by them as generics can vary in potency so much, so I’m hoping it makes the difference. I’m sure insurance will be delighted. But after they just sent me the private info of three people by accident…well, let’s just approve it, seeee (in gangster voice).
In other awesome news, as Connor was approved for the Katie Beckett Medicaid Deeming Waiver, we were then also able to apply for HIPP. which is a Medicaid program that helps pay your private insurance premiums in cases of serious health issues, as it is in their better interest to make sure you keep you private insurance, than lose it and resort to full Medicaid. We were approved, and this allows us a lot more income to put towards any other needs we want to meet for him. And my wine. I’m so thankful that Connor’s Early Intervention program people have been so good at making us aware of these programs. So if you have a kid in EI, make sure you have applied for Katie Beckett, and if you have done that, make sure you apply for HIPP (I don’t know what the variation is from state-to-state. I know we are lucky that such services are easily attainable here in Ga compared to what I hear about some other states, particularly in the midwest).
As for the house, I kid you not, we told our realtor toward the end of the month that we were taking it off the market July 31. We finally got an offer on July 27. So this house is under contract and we are under contract on our new house, as well. We will finally have a room we can dedicate to Connor’s mess–I mean, toys.
I swear this has been the most humid Georgia summer of all time, but others have told me I’m insane and it’s always this bad. At any rate, I’m ready for fall and to wear my new scarf that my sister-in-law Donna made for me from Chris’ old shirts.
Also, two events I want to make sure TSC families are aware of in the area:
On Saturday September 8, we are having a family bowling event. Cost is $10 per person, which includes shoes and unlimited bowling. Food will be provided. Details here.
On Thursday October 10, we are having an educational meeting on financial planning for your children with special needs. Details here.
Living in Atlanta, loving travel and watching my son kick tuberous sclerosis complex's butt.