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Planning Your Transition from Pediatric to Adult Health Care - A Workbook to Help You Take Charge of Your Health

transition workbookWe are pleased to provide you this new publication designed for Montanans under age 30 living with special health care needs and/or a disability. It offers information about preparing for the transition from pediatric to adult health care, choosing medical providers, paying for services, taking responsibility for one’s own health, and much more. Ideally, the workbook will be used as a guide for conversations between youth, their parents, and their medical providers.

The workbook is a publication of the Transition and Employment Projects at the University of Montana Rural Institute, and was funded in whole or in part under a contract with the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. The statements contained in the publication do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Department.

The workbook is also available on the Transition and Employment Projects website ( as both a downloadable print-ready PDF file and as an accessible Word file.

Workbook contents include:

  1. Introduction (Why Research Options and Plan in Advance?)
  2. Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Health Care (Talking with Your Health Care Provider; Choosing an Adult Health Care Provider; Finding and Paying for Health Care; Coordinating a Smooth Transfer of Care; and Taking Responsibility for Your Health Care)
  3. Getting Organized (Health Care Information Summary; Health Care Portfolios; Technology; and Emergency Information)
  4. The Affordable Care Act – An Overview (Individual Mandate; Health Insurance Marketplaces; Essential Health Benefits; Expanded Access; and Preventive Care)
  5. Private Health Care Coverage Options (Definitions; Types of Private Coverage; How to Choose; and Resources)
  6. Public Health Care Coverage Options (Medicaid; Healthy Montana Kids; Children’s Special Health Services; Medicare; The Indian Health Service; and more)
  7. Options for People with No Health Care Coverage (Community Health Centers; Family Planning Clinics; Urban Indian Clinics; Prescription Drug Assistance Programs; and more)
  8. Resources

We welcome your feedback.  If you have any changes, corrections, or information you would like to see added to the workbook, contact:

Kim Brown
Rural Institute Project Coordinator
52 Corbin Hall
Missoula, MT 59812
(406) 243-4852
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