How much does it cost?

It depends on your income and health insurance.

It's free for most families with low to moderate income.

These services are always free:

  • The Intake and evaluation

  • Service coordination

  • Creating the IFSP (service plan)

The other services (like therapies) are free if...

  • You have Medicaid (also called LA CHIP, Healthy Louisiana or Legacy), or

  • Your income is below a certain level. The guidelines change, but usually it's about 300% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).

If your income is above the limits, you will pay for the services on a sliding scale.When you go through the process of getting EarlySteps services, you will find out for sure. We'll tell you more later in the Guide!

If your family income is less than the amounts in this chart, you are likely to qualify for free services:

You will probably get Early Steps for free if you have 2 people in your family, and your income does not excedd $48,000 per year. If you have 3 people in you family and your income does not exceed $60,500 per year. If you have 4 people in your family and your income does not exceed $73,000 per year. If you have 5 people in your family and your income does not exceed $85,300 per year.

These income numbers are about 300% of the FPL for each family size. Remember: this is only an estimate! You will find out for sure when you go through the process of getting EarlySteps.

 

Sources: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Center for Parent Information and Resources, LDH

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