Breaking the Link Between Special Health Care Needs and Financial Hardship

Authors: Second edition (2017):, Dworetzky, B., Wilson, K., Koppelman, E., Comeau, M., Charmchi, P., Ablavsky, E., Epstein, S., Bachman, S., First edition (2009):, Comeau, M., Tobias, C., Bachman, S., Jantz, K., Epstein, S., Allen, D., Hess, C.

Date: 2017

Project: The Catalyst Center

Keywords: CYSHCN, Financial Hardship, Financing

Having health insurance doesn’t automatically protect families of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) from financial hardship. In the first edition of Breaking the Link, produced in 2009, the Catalyst Center identified three pathways that lead to financial hardship and medical debt, with examples from the lives of real families. In the second edition, produced in 2017, we revisit the impact that health care financing and coverage gaps have on the lives of real families and highlight innovative policy solutions that can improve the system of care for CYSHCN.

Slides from the accompanying webinar that took place on April 26, 2017 are also available.