Defying the odds with personalized care and services.

Ryen: WellCare and CSHCS Member

At just 19 weeks pregnant, Stacy was devastated to learn her unborn son had spina bifida. Told by doctors that Ryen would be completely paralyzed and never stand, walk, move or use the bathroom independently, Stacy and her husband Jason weren’t sure where to turn. After consulting other parents in the disability community, the family decided to enroll Ryen in Meridian Health, a WellCare Company, and the state of Michigan’s Children’s Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) program, which serves individuals with special health care needs, regardless of income.

Meridian Health connected the family to social service programs to help cover non-traditional services, such as rides to physical therapy sessions and doctors’ appointments and reimbursements for gas, meals and lodging. The extra help eased their financial burden and the worry that comes from not being able to pay for the multitude of supports required to get and keep Ryen as healthy as possible. Importantly, having a dedicated Meridian Health care coordinator acting as an advocate for the family made all the difference in the quality of care Ryen received since birth.

Today, Ryen is defying the odds. With the assistance of a walker, he is mobile, able to play and participate in activities young children love to do. With the personalized care and services Ryen receives through his network of care providers, he is doing things once thought impossible and has an opportunity to thrive.