New Grants Will Help Get Health Insurance for More Kids07/02/13
TUESDAY, July 2 (HealthDay News) -- More children in low-income
families will get health insurance coverage, thanks to nearly $32
million in grants announced by U.S. health officials Tuesday.
The grants, which will help identify and enroll children
eligible for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program
(CHIP), were awarded to 41 state agencies, community health
centers, school-based organizations and nonprofit groups in 22
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said the
grant amounts range from $190,000 to $1 million per recipient and
focus on five areas. These include:
- Getting schools involved in efforts to enroll children and keep
them in the insurance programs.
- Reducing health coverage disparities by promoting enrollment of
children most likely to be uninsured.
- Streamlining enrollment for children in other public benefit
programs such as nutritional programs.
- Improving application assistance resources to provide high
quality, reliable Medicaid and CHIP enrollment and renewal services
in local communities.
- Training communities to help families understand the new
application and enrollment system, and to deliver effective
assistance to families with children eligible for Medicaid or
"Today's grants will ensure that more children across the nation have access to the quality health care they need," HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a government news release. "We are drawing from successful children's health coverage outreach and enrollment efforts to help promote enrollment this fall in Medicaid and the new health insurance marketplace."
The Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment Grants
are part of the $140 million included in the Affordable Care Act
and the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of
2009 for enrollment and renewal outreach.
In recent years, efforts to make Medicaid and CHIP enrollment
and renewal easier, along with improved outreach activities, have
led to fewer uninsured children. By 2012, the rate of uninsured
children had dropped to 6.6 percent with about 1.7 million kids
gaining coverage since 2008, according to HHS.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has more about
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