2024 Health Insurance Education Webinar Series for Families Kicks Off in March
Free virtual training sessions for Division of Specialized Care for Children participants, their families and anyone interested in learning more about health insurance topics
Is figuring out your health insurance leaving you confused, frustrated or both?
Change your confusion to confidence with the University of Illinois Chicago’s Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC) Health Insurance Education Series.
These free trainings can help you better navigate your health insurance coverage and benefits. Each month, DSCC team members and other presenters will explain a different topic.
Each presentation will be in English. A Spanish interpretation line will be available during each session.
Check out the topics, mark your calendars and register for each session you’re interested in attending.
The session descriptions are in English followed by Spanish:
- Social Security Benefits, March 12 at 6 p.m.
- This training will help you understand Social Security benefits. Presenters from the Social Security Administration will share information about Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance. You will learn who can get benefits and how to apply for benefits. It will also cover what the Social Security program benefits are and how to keep your benefits.
- See the Social Security flyer for more details.
- Register on Zoom for Social Security Benefits
- Medicaid Denials, April 9 at 6 p.m.
- This training will help you understand Medicaid denials. It will review the common reasons that Medicaid denies services, such as equipment. The presentation will also share tips on how to avoid denials and what to do if Medicaid denies your services. This training will be for those with regular Medicaid and those enrolled in a managed care plan (MCO).
- See the Medicaid Denials flyer for more details.
- Register on Zoom for Medicaid Denials
- Transitioning Health Insurance Benefits to Adulthood, May 14 at 6 p.m.
- This training will help you understand how to transition health insurance benefits to adulthood. It will go over different insurance types, including Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance. This presentation will help you know what to start thinking about for health insurance benefits as you or your child nears adulthood.
- See the Transitioning Health Insurance Benefits to Adulthood flyer for more details.
- Register on Zoom for Transitioning Health Insurance Benefits to Adulthood
- Beneficios de Seguro Social, 12 de marzo a las 6 p.m.
- Esta capacitación lo ayudará a entender los beneficios del Seguro Social. Los presentadores de la Administración del Seguro Social compartirán información sobre el Seguro de Ingreso Suplementario y el Seguro de Incapacidad del Seguro Social. Aprenderá quién puede obtener beneficios y cómo solicitarlos. También cubrirá cuáles son los beneficios del programa de Seguro Social y cómo conservar sus beneficios.
- Consulte el folleto de Beneficios de Seguro Social para obtener más detalles.
- Enlace para registrarse
- Negaciones de Medicaid, 9 de abril a las 6 p.m.
- Esta capacitación lo ayudará a comprender las negaciones de Medicaid. Revisará las razones comunes por las que Medicaid niega servicios, como equipos. La presentación también compartirá consejos sobre cómo evitar negaciones y qué hacer si Medicaid niega sus servicios. Esta capacitación será para quienes tienen Medicaid regular y quienes están inscritos en un plan de atención administrada (MCO).
- Consulte el folleto de Negaciones de Medicaid para obtener más detalles.
- Enlace para registrarse
- Transición de los beneficios del seguro médico a la edad adulta, 14 de mayo a las 6 p.m.
- Esta capacitación lo ayudará a comprender cómo hacer la transición de los beneficios del seguro médico a la edad adulta. Tratará diferentes tipos de seguros, incluidos Medicaid, Medicare y seguros privados. Esta presentación le ayudará a saber en qué empezar a pensar en cuanto a los beneficios del seguro médico a medida que usted o su hijo se acercan a la edad adulta.
- Consulte el folleto de Transición de los beneficios del seguro médico a la edad adulta para obtener más detalles.
- Enlace para registrarse
You can also download a flyer with all the Health Insurance Education Series topics and registration links. (The flyer is also available in Spanish.)
The webinars are open to DSCC participants, their family members and anyone interested in these topics.
This is the second year for the DSCC Health Insurance Education Series. It began in response to DSCC families’ questions and suggestions from our Family Advisory Council.
Details about each series session are also posted on our Events page.
The 2024 Health Insurance Education Series is free for all attendees.
If you miss a session, you can access the recordings and related materials on our Family Education Webinars page.
If you have questions about these webinars before or after a session, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 322-3722.
We look forward to seeing you online!
DSCC Quality Specialist Honored for Service to Families in Crisis
CountyCare awarded Tess Rhodes its Certificate of Excellence for her commitment and dedication
Tess Rhodes is a registered nurse on our Quality Improvement Team. She collaborates with her Division of Specialized Care for Children (DSCC) teammates and partner organizations across Illinois to make sure children in crisis have the right support.
A managed care health plan recently honored Tess for these efforts to protect the safety of children and families.
CountyCare’s Health, Safety and Welfare Team awarded Tess its Certificate of Excellence. The certificate recognizes her “tremendous commitment and dedication” to keeping County Care participants safe and meeting their families’ needs.
Tess said she couldn’t do this important work without DSCC’s care coordination teams and our partners in the community.
DSCC has a contract with CountyCare to provide care coordination to the children and youth with special healthcare needs in its Medicaid managed care health plan.
As a Core/Connect Care Quality Improvement Specialist, Tess helps DSCC’s care coordination teams when a participant enrolled in CountyCare has a critical incident.
Critical incidents are events or situations that create a significant risk of substantial or serious harm to a participant’s physical or mental health, safety or well-being. They can include:
- Abuse or neglect
- Harassment or bullying
- Death of a family member
- Significant injuries
- Medication or treatment errors
- Threat of self-harm
DSCC works with CountyCare to report these incidents and make sure our teams respond to reduce any risks for our participants and help them get the right resources and services they need.
When DSCC team members learn of a critical incident, they must report it to CountyCare within 24 hours of notification.
Tess says it’s important to first ensure that our child/youth is safe and that their family receives the right support for their situation.
Tess and the DSCC care coordination teams work alongside CountyCare staff, the child’s medical team and others to provide access to services and resources.
The DSCC Care Coordinator checks in with the family bi-weekly after a crucial incident to help and monitor the outcome. Tess assists in the process by guiding the participant’s Care Coordinator and providing more resources and materials for education.
Once CountyCare closes a critical incident, Tess continues to monitor the situation and provides final updates at the 30-, 60- and 90-day marks. She also coordinates meetings for all care team members to discuss the incident and develop a plan of support.
“This requires very detailed organizational skills, and Tess never misses an update or chance to help,” her supervisor, Quality Improvement Manager Brandon Bartels, said.
Brandon praised Tess’ “exceptional” communication with CountyCare and her collaboration to keep participants’ and families’ needs at the forefront.
“Tess has received accolades by email from their team multiple times, so this Certificate of Excellence proves not only have they valued her efforts in the past but her continued support for our participants, Care Coordinators, and relationship with CountyCare is truly making an impact,” he said.
Congratulations, Tess! We are grateful for your compassion, teamwork and commitment to children and families!