Outreach & Enrollment Grants
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). Along with the National Connecting Kids to Coverage Campaign, these activities have helped boost enrollment of eligible children in Medicaid and CHIP.
History of Connecting Kids to Coverage Funding
Connecting Kids to Coverage outreach and enrollment funding was first included under the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) of 2009 (Pub. L. 111-3) and then continued under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 (Pub. L. 111-148). Of the total amount of funding allocated for outreach and enrollment, 10% supports the national campaign and 10% is set aside for grants to Indian tribes, tribal health care providers and other tribal organizations. The remaining 80% supports funding for outreach and enrollment activities in states and local communities.
Under CHIPRA and the Affordable Care Act combined, a total of approximately $126 million in funding has been awarded, as follows:
- $14 million in grants for Indian Tribes and health care providers that serve tribes through the Tribal Outreach Grants Awarded in 2010 and the 2014 American Indian and Alaska Native Outreach and Enrollment Awards
- $112 million in grants to community-based organizations, states, community health centers, faith-based organizations, school districts and Tribal organizations through the 2009 Cycle I Awards, 2011 Cycle II Awards, and the 2013 Cycle III Awards.
The remaining $14 million supported the national campaign.
Funding under the Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act (MACRA)
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), signed into law by President Obama on April 16, 2015, provides funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through federal fiscal year (FFY) 2017. MACRA also provides funding for activities aimed at reducing the number of children who are eligible for Medicaid and CHIP but are not enrolled, and improving retention of eligible children who are currently enrolled. MACRA funding for outreach and enrollment cooperative agreements will build upon successful strategies facilitated by previous grant funding initiatives. The cooperative agreements will allow close collaboration between CMS and awardees throughout the duration of their projects to better ensure that funding is used as effectively and efficiently as possible.
To date CMS has awarded $32 million in cooperative agreements to states, school districts, and local community organizations through the Cycle IV Awards in 2016.