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Children's Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) / Indiana

Last Update:7/20/2018
Address:2 North Meridian Street, Section 7-B
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Toll Free:(800) 475-1355
Fax:(317) 233-1342

Indiana Children's Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) provides supplemental medical coverage to help families of children who have serious, chronic medical conditions, age birth to 21 years of age, who meet the program's financial and medical criteria, pay for treatment related to their child's condition.

Program Description

This program is to help Indiana children (birth to 21 years and patients over 21 with cystic fibrosis) with severe chronic medical conditions who meet the financial eligibility guidelines.

MEDICAL ELIGIBILITY: The list of qualifying physical conditions includes:
Asthma-Severe, 2 medications daily
Cerebral Palsy
Chronic Anemia (e.g. Sickle Cell)
Chromosomal Disorders
Chronic Pulmonary Disease
Cleft Lip and/or Palate
Congenital Heart Disease or Arrhythmias
Cystic Fibrosis (life time medical eligibility)
Endocrine Deficiencies (e.g. Diabetics)
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Inborn Errors of Metabolism (e.g. PKU)
Myelodysplasia or Spinal cord Dysfunction (e.g. Spina Bifida)
Neuromuscular Dysfunction
Oncologic Disorders (e.g. Cancer)
Profound Bilateral Hearing Loss
Renal Disease
Seizure Disorder
Severe Hemophilia
Congenital or acquired developmental deformities was left off of the eligible medical conditions.

Other requirements include:

  • that the condition either has lasted or is expected to last at least 2 years.
  • produces or will produce disability, disfigurement, limits on function, requires special diet or devices, or
  • without treatment would produce a chronic disabling physical condition.

• Diagnostic evaluations
• Comprehensive well child and sick child care
• Specialty care and other services related to the eligible medical conditions
• Immunizations
• Prescription drugs
• Routine dental care
• Community referrals and information
• Only covering qualifying condition

This does not cover experimental treatments, animal therapy, music therapy, allergies, blindness and most eye conditions, mental or behavior problems (unless associated with a diagnosis of autism), general development delay, or emergency room visits not related to qualifying medical condition.

HOW TO APPLY: You can contact your county office of the Division of Family Resources (DFR), First Steps, or at the Children's Special Health Care Services office at Riley Hospital for Children located in room 1669 across from the Cardiac Cath Lab. Applications are taken between 8:30am - 3:30pm with no appointment necessary. You may call (317) 274-4603 at Riley if you have any questions.  You can also complete the application online at to print and send.

To complete the applications you will need:

  • child's birth certificate proof of residence (rent or property payment receipt; utility receipt; voter's registration; driver's license; last year's federal income tax return, or city directory listing)
  • health insurance information
  • proof of parents'/guardian income (3 consecutive check stubs from the most current pay periods; recent tax form; or information on any other forms of income including social security, child support, TANF benefits)

For more information call: 1-800-475-1355


A family with an income before taxes no greater than 250% of the federal poverty level may be eligible. The financial level changes every year. All household income is counted including payroll checks, interest on saving accounts, etc. Resources, such as savings accounts and IRA's, are not counted.

Allergies / Asthma
Blood disorders
Cerebral Palsy
Children Special Health Care Services (CSHCS)
Craniofacial Disorders
Cystic Fibrosis
Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Dental Care
Durable Medical Equipment
Endocrine Disorders
Genetic Disorders
Health Insurance Programs
Health Services
Heart Disease/Defects
Kidney Disease
Limb Differences/Loss
Lung / Respiratory Disease
Medical Supplies
Metabolic Conditions
Seizure Disorder / Epilepsy
Counties Serviced
Entire State
7172 Graham Road, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46250 E-Mail:

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