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Engaging and Enrolling: Countering the Chilling Effect of "Public Charge" to Help Latino Children Get Medicaid and CHIP Coverage

October 13, 2021

A recent report from the Georgetown University’s Center on Children and Families found that the overall child uninsured rate started going in the wrong direction between 2016 and 2019, and Latino children were disproportionately affected. Latino children’s uninsured rate reached 9.3 percent in 2019, compared to 4.4 percent for non-Latino children. This webinar, which was held during National Hispanic Heritage Month, featured an analysis of recent data to raise awareness about the increase in uninsurance rates for Latino children; Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) outreach strategies to effectively target immigrant families, address coverage disparities, and advance health equity; and highlighted a new resource available on InsureKidsNow.gov for organizations working with immigrant families. The webinar also addressed recent federal guidance to inform states and stakeholders that the 2019 Public Charge Final Rule was vacated and is no longer in effect, and that applying for or receiving Medicaid or CHIP benefits does not make someone a “public charge.”