Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Citizens' Guide to State Services

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William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
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Children: Health Insurance

B10 Kaileigh Mulligan Program

B11 Children's Medical Security Program

B12 Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund

B10 Kaileigh Mulligan Program
Office of Medicaid/MassHealth
367 East Street
Tewksbury, MA 01876
Toll free: 1-800-408-1253

This is a home care program for disabled children who do not qualify for Medicaid, but with limited financial resources and is administered by MassHealth.

B11 Children's Medical Security Program (CMSP)
Enrollment Center:
MassHealth Central Processing Unit
P.O. Box 290794
Charlestown, MA 02129
Toll-free: 1-800-909-2677 (within Mass. only)
TTY: 1-800-497-4648 (within Mass. only)
Enrollment: 1-800-841-2900 (within Mass. only)

The Children's Medical Security Program (CMSP), created Chapter 151, s. 257 of the Acts of 1996, is a health-insurance program that provides certain uninsured children and adolescents with primary and preventive medical and dental coverage. Children under the age of 19 who are Massachusetts residents, do not qualify for MassHealth (except MassHealth Limited), and do not have access to primary and preventive health care qualify. The amount a family pays for CMSP coverage is dependent on family size and income. There may be a waiting list to receive CMSP coverage.

B12 Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund (CICRF)
Division for Children & Youth with Special Health Needs
Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02108
Tel: (617) 624-6060
Toll Free: 1-800-882-1435
TTY: (617) 624-5992
Fax: (617) 624-5990

The Catastrophic Illness in Children Relief Fund was established by legislation in 2000 to help families bear the excessive financial burdens associated with the care of children with special health care needs and disabilities. It provides financial assistance for Massachusetts families with children experiencing a medical condition requiring services that are not covered by a private insurer, federal or state health care assistance, or any other financial source. CICRF receives monies through an annual allotment of $1 for each employee whose wages are counted as part of employer contributions for unemployment health insurance. The fund is administered by an independent, multidisciplinary commission. Members from the public and private sectors are recommended by the Office of the Attorney General and the Governor's Office. Final appointments are made by the Governor. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health provides staff support to the Commission, with the final authority on decisions regarding expenditures from the Fund.

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