USCF Essential Health Care (EHC)

      Participation in Essential Health Care (EHC) is mandatory for every USCF member.  EHC not only covers all of the basic health care needs of members it utilizes proactive and preventive methods of medical care.  Promoting the health and well-being of every member is an essential goal of ECH.  EHC does this by identifying each member’s specific health care needs while working to prevent disease, chronic illness, and any potential disabilities.  Regular checkups keep members informed while assessing their long-term health care requirements.

      Every child in America has their Essential Health Care covered by the school districts within which they reside, including children who are homeschooled or attend private schools.  All EHC expenses are budgeted and covered as part of the USCF Primary and Secondary Education Fund (PSEF).  Wherever a child makes use of their Essential Health Care they are always covered with no requirement for copay or deductions. 

      Under USCF, EHC is designed to be proactive where teachers and administrators are trained and required to identify children with Special Education (SE) and/or Chronic Health Care (CHC) needs.  Children identified as requiring SE and/or CHC will also have these requirements covered under PSEF.  For example, parents who have a disabled or autistic child will have available in-home care and/or special education for their child when needed.  Ultimately, the decisions on the best care options for their child are made by parents with the advice of qualified doctors.  The PSEF is completely funded by the states and federal government; therefore, all children are covered based on their needs and there is never any reason any child would be deprived of EHC, CHC, or SE services by any school district.

      Every adult USCF member is required to participate in and pay for ECH whether they are employed full-time, part-time, unemployed, or only engage in volunteer work.  Young adults attending post-secondary education will have options for EHC through their college or university; however, they may be required to rely on their Flexible Savings Account (FSA) for Urgent Health Care (UHC), if the need arises.  USCF members having difficulty meeting any of their USCF health care obligations will be required to work with their State Monitoring Service (SMS) to resolve any issues.  EHC is an important part of controlling health care costs by improving the efficiency of America’s health care system and eliminating Fraud, Waste, and Abuse (FWA).

      Click here to learn about Urgent Health Care.