Ability to Pay
Welcome to information on Ability to Pay. In Virginia's Part C early intervention system, some services, including evaluation and assessment, development of the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP), and service coordination, are provided at no charge to families. Although there are charges associated with other Part C supports and services, Virginia has in place an ability to pay process to assure that supports and services are provided in a way that will not create a financial hardship for families. The ability to pay process is a method used to discount charges and establish family fees that do not exceed a monthly cap and that are less than the full charge. The steps involved in Virginia's Part C ability to pay process, along with information about use of private insurance and Medicaid to pay for Part C supports and services, are described in detail in Part C Ability to Pay Practices (2002). As families enter the Part C system, they receive Notice of Child and Family Rights (2002), which provides information about all of their rights and safeguards under Part C. In addition, each family receives Facts About Family Fees (Spanish, Korean, Farsi, Vietnamese), which summarizes the most important aspects related to family fees and helps ensure that families understand the potential for reduced fees if financial hardship exists. Other forms associated with the ability to pay process are the Financial Agreement Form (PDF) (Spanish, Korean, Farsi, Vietnamese) and Appeal Agreement Form (PDF) (Spanish, Korean, Farsi, Vietnamese). If you have questions about ability to pay they may be answered in our Frequently Asked Questions (2002). For broader information about financing of Part C supports and services in Virginia, please see Component XIII Policies and Procedures Related to Financial Matters.