Resources - Financial/Insurance Information
California Heart Connection
A support and information network for those with congenital heart defects

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Make sure you understand what your insurance company covers, and how to appeal if they deny services.  If you need to appeal, make sure you follow the procedure exactly as stated.  For other financial services, contact your local children's hospital social worker.

California Children's Services (CCS)
CCS is a statewide program managed by California Department of Health Services that treats children with certain physical limitations and chronic health conditions or diseases. CCS can authorize and pay for specific medical services and equipment provided by CCS-approved specialists.  Contact the Los Angeles office at:  800-288-4584 and ask about programs in your area.

Healthy Families Program -
The Healthy Families Program is a state and federally funded health coverage program for children with family incomes above the level eligible for no cost Medi-Cal and below 250% of the federal income guidelines ($36,576 for a family of three). 1-877-KIDS-NOW or call 1-888-747-1222 for Medi-Cal for Children and Healthy Families General Information

Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
SSI is a Federal income supplement program funded by general tax revenues (not Social Security taxes.  It is designed to help aged, blind, and disabled people, who have little or no income; and, it provides cash to meet basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
The federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services which runs Medicare, Medicaid, State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 which regulates limitations on pre-existing conditions.  Call 877-267-2323 for more information.

Information on Pre-existing Condition limitations
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 article explaining HIPAA: