Thirty-nine state agencies, community health centers, school-based organizations and not-for-profit groups in 23 states have received a total of $40 million to help the nation's children enroll in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program, HHS announced Thursday.
$40 million to boost CHIP, Medicaid enrollment
The two-year grants are authorized under the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (PDF) and range in amounts from $200,000 to $2.5 million. Ten grantees will receive about $20 million of the funds for technology to coordinate enrollment and renewal, while another $10 million will be sent to 14 grantees to reach kids who are mostly likely to experience gaps in coverage. Meanwhile, about $5 million will go to seven grantees to engage schools in outreach, enrollment and renewal activities. Finally, $3 million will be given to four grantees to help retain eligible children in coverage and another $3 million to four grantees to ensure that eligible teens are enrolled and stay covered.
“Keeping Americans healthy from a young age is the right thing to do, and it saves money by avoiding preventable diseases and conditions as they get older,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a news release. “The activities we are funding will help eligible children get covered, stay healthy and prepare them to succeed in school.”
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