We are excited to announce that BridgingApps has collaborated with UnitedHealthcare to help provide mobile device applications, or apps, to assist families with children who have special health care needs in Texas. BridgingApps’ free website houses a database of apps reviewed by speech pathologists, occupational therapists, psychologists, special education teachers and other professionals.
“With the rise in smartphone and tablet ownership across social and demographic groups, we see great potential for people with special health care needs to leverage this technology to be more involved in their own health care,” says Cristen Reat, BridgingApps Co-Founder. “Especially children and teens, who are naturally engaged by smart devices, can learn important skills such as medication compliance, emotional regulation techniques and better understanding their diagnoses.”
Beginning November 1, 2016, qualified UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Texas STAR Kids members will receive a gift card to purchase apps from a comprehensive list of apps selected by BridgingApps. These apps are designed to help parents, caregivers and families nurture skills such as communication, managing health information, social interaction and motor skills training.
STEP 1 – If you are a UnitedHealthcare Community Plan STAR Kids member and are new to BridgingApps, SIGN UP here for free. If you are a UnitedHealthcare Community Plan STAR Kids member and already have a BridgingApps account, SIGN IN here. Once you are signed in, go to the lower left corner and click on your Settings.
STEP 2 – Once you have logged into your BridgingApps account and submitted the information required by UnitedHealthcare, it will be reviewed and handled by UnitedHealthcare.
STEP 3 – UnitedHealthcare will confirm your membership and send an email to you confirming whether you qualify for a gift card. Instructions for next steps will be included.
STEP 4 – Once you receive the card, sign in to your www.BridgingApps.org account and you will see the SmartHealth Apps for Kids list. You may use this list as a starting point to search for apps that may be helpful for your child’s health and development or search our entire database of 3,500 apps.
How do I know if I am a UnitedHealthcare Community STAR Kids member?
Starting in August 2016, many Texas families received information by mail about choosing a Medicaid STAR Kids program. If you chose UnitedHealthcare as your health plan, then you may be eligible for a $25 gift card to purchase from a selection of applications, or apps, for smartphones and tablets.
How do I get the $25 gift card to purchase apps that may help my child(ren)?
Follow the Steps 1-3 above to sign up with BridgingApps and tell us that you are a UnitedHealthcare Community STAR Kids member. UnitedHealthcare will confirm that you are eligible for this benefit and will send you an email to let you know. Please call UnitedHealthcare Member Services at 1-877-597-7799 for more information. Restrictions and limitations may apply.
How do I receive my $25 gift card?
Once your information is received and confirmed by UnitedHealthcare, you will receive an email from UnitedHealthcare with instructions on whether you qualify for a gift card and how to get it.
When do I receive my $25 gift card?
Please call UnitedHealthcare Member Services at 1-877-597-7799 with questions about the length of this process.
How do I find helpful apps for my child and my family?
There are two options for searching for apps that may be helpful for your family and your child:
1. You may click on any of the apps in the SmartHealth Apps for Kids list and read our reviews.
2. You may search our database of 3,500 apps by typing in a keyword in the Keyword Search bar at the top left or search by price, category, skill, device type (Apple or Android) on the left hand side of our search tool.
How do I know which apps may be helpful?
All of the apps that are reviewed by BridgingApps have been trialed and reviewed by professionals, including physical therapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, special education teachers, psychologists, a dietitian and others.
We have carefully selected apps that both professionals and parents have found helpful for nurturing skills such as communication, managing health information, social interaction and motor skills training. We have combined these apps into a list of nearly 60 apps called SmartHealth Apps for Kids. We continue to update this list as new apps are trialed, reviewed and recommended by professionals.
How do I use my gift card to purchase apps?
Once you have found apps you would like to purchase from our SmartHealth Apps for Kids list or database of apps, click on the individual app and click on the blue DOWNLOAD button. This button will say Apple App Store if the app is available for Apple products (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad Mini, iPad) or Google Play if the app is available on an Android smartphone or tablet. You must have a current Apple ID or Google Play account to purchase and download apps using your gift card.
Click here for setting up an account with Apple.
Click here for setting up an account with Google Play.
Will these apps work on a Kindle, Kindle Fire or Nook?
No. The apps found in the BridgingApps database and within the SmartHealth Apps for Kids list are designed to work on iOS (Apple) and Android smartphones and tablets.