The Caring Program

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Care Coordination

Care Coordination for Children with Special Health Care Needs

The Caring Program helps children with chronic conditions and special health care needs get the care they need. By providing family-centered, community- based care coordination, we believe we can maximize the quality of life for these children and their families. This program is free for children with special health care needs who are already enrolled in Pennsylvania's Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through Highmark CHIP benefits.

The Caring Program currently provides the following services for children enrolled in CHIP through Highmark:



Comprehensive Case Management

Comprehensive Case management is when clinical staff and providers work hand-in-hand with a child and their family or caregivers. We provide the personalized care your child needs to create and monitor a plan to help improve their quality of life, achieve health goals and minimize costs.
Request enrollment in one of the Caring Program's services.


See if the Caring Program is right for your family.

The Caring Program is available free of charge to children enrolled in Pennsylvania’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through Highmark in Highmark's service area. Families’ CHIP benefits or eligibility are NOT impacted by participation in the Caring Program.
More than 21,000 families have benefited from the Caring Program since its inception in early 2005.
Review plan information and eligibility requirements for CHIP.

Educational Resources

Tools to help build a bright future

Children with chronic conditions and/or special health care needs often need certain accommodations to address their specialized needs. A number of resources are available to help children, families and educators make the necessary adaptations that can enable the child to receive the best education possible.
These resources help children achieve their educational goals to ensure a positive future for both the children and the communities in which they live. These services include:

Home Schooling

Home Schooling and Private Tutoring


Individualized Educational Plans (IEP)

The Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN): IEP Template (DOC)


Medical Service Plans for Schools (504)

The Parental Advocate

Childhood Development Tools

The CONNECT Helpline assists families in locating resources and providing information regarding child development for children ages birth to age 5. CONNECT can assist parents by making a direct link to their county early intervention program or local preschool early intervention program. To make a referral for early intervention, please call the CONNECT Helpline at 1-800-692-7288.

Sign Up For The Caring Program

For a quick reference, this brochure can help:
Free medical care coordination is available for children enrolled in CHIP through Highmark. This website also provides resources for any child with chronic medical conditions and/or special health care needs.
Contact us:
Call the Caring Program's Toll-free number at 1-866-823-0892 if you would like more information on the program or have questions regarding your ability to participate in the program.