CHIP and Medicaid Outreach Activities Back to School Campaign
Children’s Health Coverage Committee, a partnership of several federal
agencies and non-profit groups working on children’s health issues, will
be launching a “Back to School Campaign” to promote CHIP and Medicaid
outreach and enrollment in 20 cities around the country.
The Back to School Campaign will run from mid-September through
October. Participating federal agencies include the Department of Health
and Human Services, the Department of Education, and the Department of
Justice. The United Way of
America (UWA), the Children’s Defense Fund and others are coordinating
the Back to School Campaign. The
goal of the project is to raise awareness about the availability of free
or low-cost health coverage for children by coordinating local outreach
activities around the time when children will be returning to school.
The participating federal agencies will initiate media campaigns
including Public Service Announcements (PSA’s) and posters that will be
available to participating cities.
The following cities have organizations participating in the Back to
School Campaign: Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Highpoint
(North Carolina), Indianapolis, Kansas City (Missouri), Macon, Nashville,
New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Richmond, San Antonio,
Sioux City, St. Louis, Topeka, and Washington, DC.
For more information contact Ilsa Flannigan at United Way, at
800-892-2757, ext. 817, or Desmond Brown at the Children’s Defense Fund
Robert Wood Johnson Covering Kids Grantees
Covering Kids is a $47 million program funded by
the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help increase the number of eligible
children who benefit from health insurance coverage programs.
Almost every state (except South Dakota) applied for and received
funding under this program. The three-year grants will support local coalitions that
conduct outreach initiatives and work toward enrollment simplification and
coordination of health coverage programs for low-income children. For a list of who to call in your state, check the Covering
Kids Web site: www.coveringkids.org .
If you do not have access to the Internet please call Crystal
Swann, Assistant Executive Director with the USCM at 202-861-6707, or
Laura Hessburg, State and Local Liaison with the Children’s Defense Fund
HCFA/HRSA Outreach and Enrollment Partnership
HRSA/HCFA (Health Resources and Services Administration/Health Care
Financing Administration) Outreach and Enrollment Partnership is designed
to increase the number of people who have access to a regular source of
care, as well as increase Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP),
Medicaid, and Medicare enrollment. Funding will be available to Primary
Care Associations (PCA’s) and Primary Care Offices (PCO’s). Grants are
awarded and evaluated based on the following criteria:
Successful efforts and strategies to increase insurance coverage through
CHIP, Medicaid, and Medicare in working with: 1) Federally Qualified Health Centers, School-Based Health
Centers, schools, and senior centers or organizations to increase
enrollment, 2) State government leadership on promoting policies that will
contribute to coverage such as simplified applications, dropping assets
tests, 12-month continuous coverage, outstationing of State eligibility
workers, presumptive eligibility, monitoring and intervention on
disenrollment and State outreach plans;
and 3) Populations that have particularly low health insurance
coverage in the State (national data demonstrates the need to target
minorities, particularly, Latinos
and immigrant families).
Successful efforts and strategies to increase appropriate utilization of
safety net health systems especially by individuals that are not eligible
for coverage through publicly funded insurance programs.
Particularly focus on collaborative efforts with: 1) Safety net
providers such as health centers, National Health Service Corps sites,
health departments, community mental health providers, public hospitals
etc.; and 2) Groups that reach the uninsured, especially men and
immigrants, to increase awareness of existing safety net providers and
highlight the importance of primary and preventive health care. For more
information regarding the Outreach and Enrollment Partnership please
contact: Joy H. Kauffman by phone at 301-594-5112 or e-mail Jkauffman@hrsa.gov
AT A GLANCE
11 million children (one out of every seven) have no health insurance.
one out of two uninsured children is white; almost one out of five is
black; and almost three in 10 are Hispanic.
out of 10 uninsured children live in working families.
than half of all uninsured children with Asthma see a doctor,
according to a national study.
in three uninsured children with recurring ear infections never see a
doctor, according to a one-year national study.
Many go on to suffer permanent hearing loss.
1997, 6.8 million more children lack private health insurance than did
mortality has reached an all-time low at 7.1 deaths per 1,000 births,
but the rate is still more than twice as high for Black children as
for White children.