Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment Grants:
$32 million awarded to 41 grantees
Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment Grants totaling nearly $32 million were awarded on July 2, 2013. This round of grants is the third in a series, first funded under the Children's Health Insurance Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA), and now supported with funding from the Affordable Care Act. Forty-one (41) grants went to state and local governments, tribal organizations, community groups, schools, health care providers and others in 22 states; two grantees are multi-state activities. Grants were targeted in the states with the largest numbers of children who are eligible for Medicaid and CHIP but are not enrolled. The grants will support outreach activities in the following areas:
- Engaging schools in outreach, enrollment and retention activities;
- Bridging health coverage disparities by reaching out to subgroups of children that exhibit lower than average health coverage rates;
- Designing and executing targeted enrollment strategies to streamline health coverage enrollment for individuals participating in SNAP, WIC or other public benefit programs;
- Establishing and developing application assistance resources to provide high quality, reliable Medicaid/CHIP enrollment and renewal services in local communities; and
- Conducting training programs to equip communities to help families understand the new application and enrollment system and to deliver effective assistance to families with children eligible for Medicaid and CHIP.
We congratulate all our Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment grantees and look forward to working with them over the next two years.
A new report from the Urban Institute and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that the nation is making great progress enrolling eligible children in Medicaid and CHIP. Medicaid/CHIP participation increased nationally from 81.7 percent in 2008 to 85.8 percent in 2010, which was associated with a decline in uninsurance among eligible children, in part due to outreach and enrollment efforts. Read the new report to learn more. You can also find the Medicaid/CHIP participation rate in your State.
The findings of this new study tell us that the kinds of activities inspired by the Connecting Kids to Coverage Challenge issued by Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in 2010 are working! Step up to the Challenge and be part of the progress we are making to ensure that all children get the health coverage and care they need. Check out our Outreach Video Library to learn about outreach activities going on in communities across the country.
Support for Back to School Enrollment
Back-to-School time is a great time to make the connection between keeping children healthy and helping them succeed in school. A joint letter released August 12th from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Education Secretary Arne Duncan to the nation’s Governors urges them to encourage schools to "undertake children’s health coverage outreach and enrollment activities when classes begin this fall."
New Outreach Materials
In 2010, seven states participated in the Get Covered, Get in the Game initiative to work with school and youth sports programs to get eligible children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP. Often, kids can’t play if they don’t have health insurance. Check out the new strategy guide to learn more about successful strategies to get students health coverage so they will be protected both on and off the field.
More Outreach Ideas
New CMS Medicaid/CHIP Survey
Cycle I Grants Summary
HHS Awards Cycle II grants (press release)
Cycle II Grants Summary
Letter from Secretary Sebelius and Secretary Duncan
Outreach Video Library
Urban Institute study
Medicaid/CHIP Participation Rates in Your State
Get Covered, Get in the Game Strategy Guide