FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 30, 2009
Contact: HHS Press Office
Secretary Sebelius Awards $40 Million to States to Find, Enroll Children in CHIP, Medicaid
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced $40 million in grants to 69 grantees in 41 states and the District of Columbia to help them find and enroll children who are uninsured but eligible for either Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
“Today’s awards will help fulfill President Obama’s pledge to assure the health and well-being of our nation’s children,” said Secretary Sebelius. “With millions of Americans either out of work or otherwise struggling to make ends meet during this recession, there is an even greater urgency to bring steady, reliable health care to children in these families who may have lost their coverage.”
Recognizing that millions of children are eligible for Medicaid or CHIP, but are therefore needlessly uninsured, the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA) set aside $100 million for fiscal years 2009-2013 expressly to help find and enroll eligible children. Of the total outreach amount, $80 million will be given to states and other organizations, $10 million to Tribal organizations and $10 million for a national outreach effort. Today’s awards are for a two year period ending Dec. 31, 2011, which will then be followed by a second round of $40 million in new grants.
As called for in CHIPRA, grants were awarded to applicants whose outreach, enrollment and retention efforts will target geographic areas with high rates of eligible but uninsured children, particularly those with racial and ethnic minority groups who are uninsured at higher-than-average rates. For example, 20 percent of the projects to be funded will target Hispanic children, with an emphasis on Hispanic teens, and 11 percent will focus on homeless children and seven percent will be aimed at Native American/Alaska Native children.
The vast majority of grantees will be using multiple, community-based approaches. One grantee in Missouri, for example, will work with a consortium of 35 churches in low-income, minority communities. Those parishioners will go door-to-door to locate potentially eligible children and then help those families apply for CHIP or Medicaid coverage. Another grantee will place self-service kiosks in community centers and Native American Chapter Houses (community halls) where there will also be staff available to help with applications if needed. One state school system will track children who receive free or reduced cost lunches and, with the families’ permission, share that information with state health programs, which will, in turn, mail applications for CHIP and Medicaid to those families. The state will also provide one-on-one-assistance with those applications.
The grant awards require that recipients be able to show actual increases in enrollment and retention of children already in the programs. Both CHIP and Medicaid state agencies are to report to the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) the number of new enrollees and those who retained coverage that are directly attributable to the grant activities. Grantees are also to report activities they believe were the most effective in finding, enrolling and maintaining children in these benefit programs.
“No child in America should go without decent health care,” said Cindy Mann, director of the Center for Medicaid and State Operations -- the group within CMS that will administer the grants. “With the funds we are awarding today we hope to reduce the number of children who do.”
A list of grantees by state is below.
Pima Community Access Program
Alabama Primary Care Association
Tombigbee Healthcare Authority
Alaska Youth and Family Network
Norton Sound Health Corporation
St. Francis House NWA Inc., Community Clinic
Providence Little Company of Mary Foundation
Yolo County Children’s Alliance (YCCA)
Colorado Association of School Based Health Care
Community Health Center Association of Connecticut
Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC)
District of Columbia
National Alliance for Hispanic Health
Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami, Inc. (FANM)
University of South Florida
West End Medical Centers Inc.
Medical College of Georgia Research Institute
Bay Clinic, Inc.
Hawaii Primary Care Association
Chicago Public Schools
Beacon Therapeutic School, Inc. of Chicago
Mountain States Group, Inc.
St. Vincent Health Inc.
Inter-Faith Ministries Wichita Inc.
Keys for Networking
Louisiana State Department of Health and Hospitals
TECHE Action Board
Maine Department of Health and Human Services
Maine Primary Care Association
Garrett County Health Department
MD Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Health Care for All, Inc.
South End Community Health Center
Michigan Primary Care Association
YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids
Portico Healthnet, Inc.
Vietnamese Social Services of Minnesota
Mississippi Primary Health Care Association
Missouri Coalition for Primary Health Care
St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation
Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
One World Community Health Centers Inc.
Cheshire Medical Center
Health Research and Educational Trust of New Jersey
New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services
First Nations Community Health Source
New Mexico Human Services Department
The Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital
Structured Employment Economic Development Corporation
North Carolina Pediatric Society Foundation
Dayton Public Schools
Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati
Oklahoma Health Care Authority
Oregon Department of Health and Human Services
Northeast Oregon Network of LaGrande
Concern for Health Options, Information, Care & Education (CHOICE)
Consumer Health Coalition
Palmetto Project, Inc.
Texas Leadership Center
YWCA of Lubbock, TX, INC.
Association for Utah Community Health
Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA)
Virginia Health Care Foundation
HIP of Spokane County/Community Minded Enterprise (CME)
Puget Sound Neighborhood Health Centers Neighborcare
West Virginia Alliance for Sustainable Families
Wind River Health Systems Inc.
Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Wyoming Department of Health
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Last revised: May 7, 2011