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December 19, 2014
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Medicaid  

Find out more about Medicaid in Spring, TX and whether you qualify.

We always hope our children stay healthy. However, does your child have healthcare coverage to protect against those times when he does become ill? If health care is too expensive, you still have options. Your Spring, TX pediatrician is here to tell you everything you need to know about Texas’s Medicaid program:

Q. What does Medicaid in Texas cover?

Medicaid can cover your child’s medical bills including doctors, hospitals and medications. The Medicaid services you receive will depend on where you live in Texas and if your child has any medical conditions.

Q. Does Medicaid offer different medical plans?

Yes. STAR is one of the Medicaid programs from which most children in Texas get coverage. Once your child is approved for Medicaid, you can chose from different plans and pick the plan that is right for your child. Then you need to choose your child’s primary care provider, who will become your child’s main pediatrician.

Q. How does Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) decide if my child gets Medicaid?

HHSC looks at several things to determine if your child can qualify for Medicaid. They examine the amount of money you make, how many people are in your household, what you own and the bills you pay. Your child’s age is also a determining factor. Younger children with a higher income level are more likely than older children to get Medicaid. If a child is not able to get Medicaid, then they will find out whether the child is then eligible for CHIP.

To find out more about Texas Medicaid program, check out their website. To find out whether you should apply for Medicaid, take the online questionnaire now. And, as always, if you need to schedule an appointment with one of our pediatricians in Spring, TX, call us today.

Flu ShotSPRING, TX—The CDC recommends that everyone including children receive annual influenza vaccinations to fully protect themselves from the flu; however, while this health organization advises that children from six months to 18 years old receive an annual flu shot, only about 40 percent of children received vaccinations in 2012-2013. About 90 percent of the pediatric influenza cases reported that year occurred in children who had not received the vaccination, and about 107 pediatric flu deaths occurred during last year’s flu season. Spring, TX-area pediatric medical center, Champions Pediatric Associates, is trying to raise awareness about the importance of having child vaccinated this flu season.
Champions Pediatric Associates follows the CDC’s guidelines and believes that children should be vaccinated against the flu each year. Children under the age of nine who have never had a flu shot before will typically receive two doses. These doses will be given four weeks apart; therefore, Champion Pediatric Associates encourages parents to plan ahead to ensure that their child is protected before the flu season begins.
For children over the age of nine who have already received a flu shot, one dose will be enough to protect them against the virus. However, parents must still plan accordingly, since it takes about two weeks for the vaccination to fully protect a child against the virus. This means scheduling your child’s next vaccination appointment as soon as possible.
Champions Pediatric Associates also advises parents and those working around children to get yearly flu shots to protect themselves, their families and others from this potentially fatal virus. This pediatric medical facility is now offering flu shots at both their Spring and Tomball locations, which are open from 8:30am-5pm Monday through Friday. Call (281) 370-1122 to schedule your child’s annual flu shot, or schedule an appointment online.

Call Champions Pediatric Associates Today!

About Champions Pediatric Associates: Champions Pediatric Associates provides quality health care to children from birth to 19-years-old who are living in the Spring and Tomball areas. The practice is run by Drs. Sham Nandwani, Lisa Lau and Sadiya Jamal. This pediatric team offers knowledgeable, caring treatment with vast expertise and a passion for continuing education. Dr. Nandwani has been a practicing pediatrician for over 20 years, Dr. Lau has earned Fellow status with the American Academy of Pediatrics and Dr. Jamal offers her medical services to mission trips abroad.
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