Shine Funding Options
Depending on individual circumstances and your child’s diagnosis, there are a number of funding options. These funding options range from private health insurance, Medicare rebates and government funded initiatives for eligible children.
Private Health Insurance Funds
If you have extras cover with your insurer then you may be covered for our services. We recommend contacting your health insurer directly to check your level of cover. We are registered with most private health funds to ensure our families have access to greater funding choices.
Under the chronic disease management program, patients diagnosed with a chronic medical condition may be entitled to receive a Medicare rebate. Under this program your general practitioner will need to determine if your child is eligible and if so will provide you with the appropriate documentation to bring to your appointment with us.
The chronic disease management program enables eligible patients to receive up to 5 sessions each calendar year. (This program was previously known as the Enhanced Primary Care Plan)
Better Start Initiative
The better start initiative is for children with a disability designed to provide improved access to early intervention services. Eligible children will be able to access up to $12,000 in early intervention funding.
Children must be registered with Better Start before they turn 6 years old and will have until the age of 7 to access the funding.
Helping Children with Autism
Following diagnosis, families contact an Autism Advisor in their state or territory who will provide information regarding eligibility, available funding and Early Intervention and other support services. The Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) made new Medicare items for children aged under 13 years (for diagnosis/assessment and treatment planning).
To be eligible for the Early Intervention Service children must satisfy each of the eligibility criteria including:
• Diagnosis and
• Residential eligibility.
The eligibility criteria for children to access the Early Intervention funding is:
• eligible children are those aged zero to six years who have been diagnosed in Australia with an ASD
• a child must have been seen by an Autism Advisor and deemed eligible to access the service before their sixth birthday and funding of up to $12,000 (maximum of $6,000 per financial year) can be accessed until the child’s seventh birthday.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme is due to roll out in the Macarthur area on 1 st July 2016. Shine Early Intervention is a registered provider for the NDIS and can assist your child to achieve their therapy goals.