The CMS will award the grants to applicants whose outreach, enrollment, and retention efforts target those geographic areas with high rates of eligible but uninsured American Indian and Alaskan Native children who often live in isolated areas and are uninsured at higher-than-average rates.
“States have been effective in enrolling over 28 million children in Medicaid and more than 7 million children in CHIP, but there are still millions of uninsured, low-income children who are not enrolled in these programs even though they are eligible,” Cindy Mann, director of the CMS Center for Medicaid and State Operations, said in a news release about the grants.
Applications for the grants—which will be made available to the Indian Health Service, tribes and tribal organizations operating a health program, and urban Indian organizations operating a health program—are due by Jan. 15, 2010, and will be awarded on April 15, HHS said.
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