Blood Lead Screenings Available for Families

Did you know that higher blood lead levels are more prevalent among children from racial and ethnic minority groups and children from low-income households? Help inform families that Medicaid and CHIP cover blood lead screening tests for children. Get more information here to share in your community: CDC - Blood Lead Levels in Children.

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Outreach & Enrollment Grants

Connecting Kids to Coverage (CKC) outreach and enrollment grants support activities aimed at identifying and enrolling children who are eligible for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Since grant funding initiatives began in 2009, 294 awards to eligible entities have been issued for approximately $216 million in total grant funding. Along with the National Connecting Kids to Coverage Campaign, these activities fund outreach and enrollment strategies aimed at educating families about the availability of Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and directly assisting families with the application and renewal process. The grants share the common goal to help reduce the number of children who are eligible for Medicaid and CHIP but are not enrolled.

Notice of Funding Opportunity: CKC HEALTHY KIDS 2022 Outreach and Enrollment Cooperative Agreements


CMS is pleased to issue a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) through the Connecting Kids to Coverage HEALTHY KIDS 2022 Outreach and Enrollment Cooperative Agreements program. The HEALTHY KIDS 2022 NOFO will make available $49.4 million, ranging between $500,000 to $1.5 million per awardee for a three-year period of performance, to fund efforts to increase the participation of eligible children, parents, and pregnant individuals in Medicaid and CHIP.  This is the largest amount of funding CMS has ever made available for these outreach and enrollment awards. CMS aims to reach a broad range of stakeholder organizations eligible to apply for the awards, including encouraging applicants who will be targeting subgroups of children with lower than average health coverage rates (e.g. adolescents, Latino, AI/AN or children in rural areas), with a goal of having a robust applicant pool from which to choose funded entities.

Applications will be accepted through March 28, 2022. For more information, visit grants.gov

CMS Stakeholder Information Session on the HEALTHY KIDS 2022 Notice of Funding Opportunity

Join CMS for a stakeholder information session on the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) through the Connecting Kids to Coverage HEALTHY KIDS 2022 Outreach and Enrollment Cooperative Agreements program. These sessions will provide additional information on the program and the HEALTHY KIDS 2022 funding opportunity with time for attendees to ask questions. We hope you are able to join us at one of the two information sessions.

When: Two Session Options, Please Plan to Attend One

Session 1: February 9, 2022, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

Session 2: February 23, 2022, 12:00-1:00 PM ET

Where: Zoom link will be provided following registration.

Who should attend: This call is designed for stakeholder groups that are eligible to apply for the Connecting Kids to Coverage HEALTHY KIDS 2022 funding opportunity, which include:

  • State and local governments
  • Indian tribes or tribal consortia, tribal organizations, urban Indian organizations receiving funds under title V of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, or Indian Health Service providers
  • Federal health safety net organizations
  • National, state, local, or community-based public or nonprofit private organizations, including organizations that use community health workers, community-based doula programs, or parent mentors
  • Faith-based organizations or consortia
  • Elementary or secondary schools

RSVP: cms.zoomgov.com

Please send all questions to HealthyKids@cms.hhs.gov.