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Just What Are ‘Habilitative Services’? Hint: Think Health Insurance and Chronically Ill Kids

Taylor Gaydon (R) -- a 15-year-old with Type 1 diabetes -- prepares to zipline with friends at a weekend diabetes camp in Livermore. (Photo: Elaine Korry)

Taylor Gaydon (R) — a 15-year-old with Type 1 diabetes — prepares to zipline with friends at a weekend diabetes camp in Livermore. (Photo: Elaine Korry)

You’re likely familiar with rehabilitation — physical therapy after an injury would fall into this category. But parents with chronically ill children are all too familiar with a different type of service — habilitation service — as Elaine Korry detailed Monday morning for The California Report.  From her story:

“Habilitative services are really just making sure that a child can thrive in the world that they’re living in, so, for example, hearing aids are a habilitative service,” says Kelly Hardy, director of health policy at Children Now, a statewide advocacy group.  …

Dr. Thomas Long, a health financing expert with the American Academy of Pediatrics, says it helps young patients, like deaf kids, attain health in the first place. Continue reading