Connecting Kids to Coverage

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Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services awarded a three-year Cooperative Agreement to the Greater Flint Health Coalition (GFHC) in an effort to support eligible children in the Greater Flint area enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and to help connect children to available services. This award was in response to the public health emergency resulting from lead exposure related to the Flint water system.

As a result of this award, the GFHC launched the Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment Program to support and coordinate Medicaid and CHIP outreach and enrollment efforts in Flint, Michigan. This effort not only includes children, but also addresses access to care services for pregnant women impacted by the Flint water system.

With the help and support of partner organizations, GFHC will lead strategies to improve and promote utilization and retention of expanded Medicaid benefits. Strategies include the engagement of disconnected youth, families with incomes between the 200-400% federal poverty level, school-age children and families for whom English is a second language, just to name a few. Various methods, including a coordinated service referral and delivery plan will be utilized to further engage the community.

This award is part of activities authorized by bipartisan Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act legislation. Such funding supports national activities aimed at identifying children who are eligible for Medicaid and CHIP and helping their families enroll and renew their coverage. These efforts have helped boost enrollment and have engaged a range of partners take steps to make outreach and enrollment a routine effort.

For more information on national Connecting Kids to Coverage efforts, please visit: https://www.insurekidsnow.gov/initiatives/connecting-kids/funding/index.html.