Many children have fallen behind on routine well-child visits and receiving recommended vaccines due to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 public health emergency. Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) cover vaccinations, child screenings, and other essential routine healthcare services for kids and teens up to age 19 to stay protected when they go back to in-person learning. In this webinar, Shannon Stokley, DrPH, MPH, Associate Director for Science, Immunization Services Division, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), discussed current data on childhood vaccinations and national outreach programs that can help children and teens catch up on missed care. Two of CMS’ HEALTHY KIDS (Helping Ensure Access for Little Ones, Toddlers and Hopeful Youth by Keeping Insurance Delivery Stable Act) grantees also presented strategies and tips to promote routine health outcomes among children. Campaign resources organizations can use in outreach and enrollment efforts to promote routine health and vaccinations year-round, including social media posts and graphics, newsletter articles and text messages, were featured. All resources discussed in this webinar can be found on InsureKidsNow.gov.
Renew your Medicaid or CHIP coverage
As COVID-19 becomes less of a threat, states will restart yearly Medicaid and CHIP eligibility reviews. This means your state will use the information they have to decide if you or your family member(s) still qualify for Medicaid or CHIP coverage. If your state needs more information from you to make a coverage decision, they’ll send you a renewal letter in the mail. Go to Medicaid.gov/renewals, find a link to your state Medicaid office and confirm your contact information is up-to-date.