Special Health Care Needs

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The Kansas Special Health Care Needs (SHCN) Program promotes the functional skills of persons, who have or are at risk for a disability or chronic disease. The program is responsible for the planning, development, and promotion of the parameters and quality of specialty health care in Kansas in accordance with state and federal funding and direction.

SHCN provides specialized medical services to infants, children, and youth up to age 21 who have eligible medical conditions. Additionally, the program provides formula services to individuals of all ages diagnosed with phenylketonuria (PKU) and Maple syrup urine disease (MSUD).

Services may include diagnostic evaluations, treatment services, or care coordination and must be prior authorized. View the service area map.

Available Services

  1. Diagnostic Services
  2. Holistic Care Coordination
  3. Direct Assistance Programs

Diagnostic Services

Diagnostic Services are limited to a one-time evaluation without regard to family income, for Kansas youth under the age of 21 years. Prior authorization is required and may be obtained by phone or letter from program staff. Consultations must be scheduled with SHCN contracted specialty providers. Second opinions are not covered. The application process must be completed if medically eligible before additional services will be authorized.

  1. Cost Sharing
  2. Financial Support
  3. Training for Families
  4. Share Your Feedback

What Part of the Cost Does SHCN Pay?

Services must be prior approved before any cost-sharing can be determined. SHCN is the payer after insurance and Medicaid.