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Advocacy

The medical home may act as an advocate in many different roles. The most common type of advocacy will be one-on-one with a family helping them obtain needed services or funding for their child. The most common advocacy activities the medical home may perform are writing letters of medical necessity and helping families appeal funding denials.

Writing Letters of Medical Necessity: See Request for a Letter of Medical Necessity Form (Portal) (Word Document 27 KB), A Request for a Letter of Medical Necessity (PDF Document 33 KB), Medical Home Newsletter, Volume I, Issue I (PDF Document 71 KB), and Appealing Funding Denials.

Working With the Larger System: The medical home will be most effective if they understand other systems (e.g., public school, Medicaid, private insurers, and state agencies). See Resources below for state-specific organizations.

Impacting the Community: The medical home may choose to take on advocacy roles through outreach, education, or legislative lobbying. [O'Brien: 1997].

Resources

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For Professionals

Medicaid
Official U.S. government site for Medicaid services.

Services

CHIP, State Children's Health Insur Prog

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Community Advocacy Agencies

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Departments of Health, State

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Disability/Diagnosis-Specific Advocacy

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Health Insurance Advocacy

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Medicaid

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State Advocacy Agencies

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State Disability Agencies

See all State Disability Agencies services providers (50) in our database.

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Helpful Articles

O'Brien S, Parker S, Greenberg J, Zuckerman B.
Putting children first: the pediatrician as advocate.
Contemporary Pediatrics. 1997:103-118.
Defines the process of advocating for health care funding and gives specific examples of effective and ineffective letters for Medicaid funding. It also gives information on how to become active in community advocacy and the legislative process.

Authors

Compiled and edited by: Alfred Romeo, RN, PhD - 5/2011
Content Last Updated: 5/2011

Page Bibliography

O'Brien S, Parker S, Greenberg J, Zuckerman B.
Putting children first: the pediatrician as advocate.
Contemporary Pediatrics. 1997:103-118.
Defines the process of advocating for health care funding and gives specific examples of effective and ineffective letters for Medicaid funding. It also gives information on how to become active in community advocacy and the legislative process.