The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which was reauthorized in 2009, has had immense success, reaching and helping children all over the country. The Affordable Care Act and Children’s Health Insurance Program budgeted $140 million for the “Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment Grants.”
Grants, amounting anywhere between $190,000 to $1 million, were recently awarded to “41 state agencies, community health centers, school-based organizations and nonprofit groups,” reaching 22 states.
These programs will “ensure that more children across the nation have access to the quality health care they need,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to “promote enrollment this fall in Medicaid and the new health insurance marketplace.”
The My Fox NY article says that these programs put into place are helping children by:
- 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 CHIP.
Still have questions? Listen to the Health and Human Services Regional Director of the Kansas City area, Judy Baker, talk about CHIP.