Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment Grants
2014 American Indian and Alaska Native Outreach and Enrollment Grants
On November 12, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the award of $3.9 million for outreach and enrollment efforts aimed at American Indian and Alaska Native children eligible for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). CMS awarded grant funds to health programs operated by the Indian Health Services, tribes, tribal organizations and urban Indian organizations located in seven states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico and Oklahoma. Since 2009, the U.S. has made substantial progress toward reducing the number of children who remain uninsured, and toward providing health coverage to all children who are eligible for Medicaid and CHIP. Despite this significant progress, serious health coverage disparities persist, particularly for American Indian and Alaska Native children.
The grant awards will fund activities to engage schools and tribal agencies in outreach and enrollment activities. Several grantees will receive funds to conduct activities focused on helping eligible teens enroll in coverage. Grantees will work to ensure that eligible children retain coverage for as long as they qualify and will help guide families through the health coverage application process which is used to determine eligibility for Medicaid, CHIP and coverage through a qualified health plan.
For a summary of the grants, click here.
For the news release announcing today’s awards, click here.
Outreach and Enrollment Funding
The Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) of 2009, together with the Affordable Care Act of 2010, provided a total of $140 million in outreach and enrollment funding for purposes of enrolling eligible children in Medicaid and CHIP coverage and keeping them enrolled for as long as they qualify. The funding is available through federal fiscal year 2015 and is allocated as follows:
- $14 million for a national outreach campaign
- $14 million in grants for Indian Tribes and health care providers that serve Tribes
- $112 million in grants to community-based organizations, states, community health centers, faith-based organizations, school districts and Tribal organizations
Since 2009, CMS awarded three cycles of Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment grants and Tribal Outreach grants. These grants were first funded under the Children's Health Insurance Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA), and are now supported with funding from the Affordable Care Act.
Cycle III Awarded on July 2, 2013
• $32 million in 22 states
• 41 grants
• Awarded to state and local governments, tribal organizations, community groups, schools, health care providers and others in the states with the largest numbers of children who are eligible for Medicaid and CHIP but are not enrolled. The grants have five focus areas: Engaging schools in outreach, enrollment and retention activities; Reducing health coverage disparities by reaching out to subgroups of children that are less likely to have health coverage; Streamlining enrollment for individuals participating in other public benefit programs such as nutritional or other assistance 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.
Cycle II Awarded on August 18, 2011
• $40 million
• 39 grants in 23 states
• Awarded to state agencies, community health centers, school-based organizations and non-profit groups in five focus areas: 1) Using technology to facilitate enrollment and renewal; 2) Retaining eligible children in coverage; 3) Engaging schools in outreach, enrollment and renewal activities; 4) Reaching children who are most likely to experience gaps in coverage; and 5) Ensuring eligible teens are enrolled and stay covered.
Tribal Outreach Grants Awarded on April 16, 2010
• $10 million
• 41 grants in 19 states
• Funding for Indian tribes, Tribal health providers, and Indian Health Service providers to conduct outreach and enrollment efforts to increase Medicaid and CHIP coverage among American Indian/Alaska Native children.
Cycle I Awarded on September 30, 2009
• $40 million
• 69 grants in 42 states and the District of Columbia; 20 are groups of entities working together as consortiums
• Awarded to state and local governments, tribal organizations, community groups, schools, health care providers and others whose outreach, enrollment and retention efforts will target geographic areas with high rates of eligible but uninsured children, particularly those with racial and ethnic minority groups who are uninsured at higher-than-average rates.