Comprehensive Programming for Families of Children With Special Health Care Needs Improves Experiences While Lowering Costs

August 01, 2022 | 3 min Read
  • UnitedHealth Group’s Special Needs Initiative (SNI) works to meet the diverse needs of children and their families by providing tailored clinical and social support, while addressing common challenges around insurance and payment.

The Numbers That Matter

  • Children with special health care needs require 6x more care and 12x more in spending, on average.

  • 38% of families including children with special health care needs pay $1,000 or more in annual out-of-pocket costs.

  • Families in the Special Needs Initiative program had a 76-point improvement in their experience.

  • In the Special Needs Initiative program, annual health care spending was reduced by $1,500 per child.

UnitedHealth Group’s Special Needs Initiative can help:

Improve families’ experiences.

Reduce total spending and families’ out-of-pocket costs.


Strengthening the Patient-Physician Relationship

For families with special health care needs, a single point of contact can provide streamlined and compassionate support throughout their journey.