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$40 Million in Grants to Enroll Children in CHIP Medicaid

  • Synopsis: Published: 2009-09-30 - Grants to enroll children who are uninsured but eligible for Medicaid or Childrens Health Insurance Program (CHIP). For further information pertaining to this article contact: HHS Press Office.
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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).

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.

State

Grantee

Award

Arizona
Pima Community Access Program$982,577
Alabama
Alabama Primary Care Association$987,732
Tombigbee Healthcare Authority$141,167
Alaska
Alaska Youth and Family Network$198,304
Norton Sound Health Corporation$72,999
Arkansas
St. Francis House NWA Inc., Community Clinic$162,965
California
Providence Little Company of Mary Foundation$317,144
Yolo County Children's Alliance (YCCA)$399,900
Colorado
Colorado Association of School Based Health Care$499,835
Telluride Foundation$301,410
Connecticut
Community Health Center Association of Connecticut$988,177
Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC)$400,584
District of Columbia
National Alliance for Hispanic Health$984,144
Florida
Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami, Inc. (FANM)$69,102
University of South Florida$988,177
Georgia
West End Medical Centers Inc.$571,135
Medical College of Georgia Research Institute$986,827
Hawaii
Bay Clinic, Inc.$200,000
Hawaii Primary Care Association$488,187
Illinois
Chicago Public Schools$235,173
Beacon Therapeutic School, Inc. of Chicago$250,830
Idaho
Mountain States Group, Inc.$287,896
Indiana
St. Vincent Health Inc.$864,309
Kansas
Inter-Faith Ministries Wichita Inc.$523,932
Keys for Networking$866,749
Louisiana
Louisiana State Department of Health and Hospitals$955,681
TECHE Action Board$234,808
Maine
Maine Department of Health and Human Services$680,249
Maine Primary Care Association$311,061
Maryland
Garrett County Health Department$200,000
MD Department of Health and Mental Hygiene$988,177
Massachusetts
Health Care for All, Inc.$410,815
South End Community Health Center$304,385
Michigan
Michigan Primary Care Association$915,079
YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids$293,040
Minnesota
Portico Healthnet, Inc.$988,177
Vietnamese Social Services of Minnesota$280,000
Mississippi
Mississippi Primary Health Care Association$988,152
Missouri
Missouri Coalition for Primary Health Care$332,173
St. Louis Children's Hospital Foundation$985,373
Montana
Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services$971,868
Nebraska
One World Community Health Centers Inc.$706,264
New Hampshire
Cheshire Medical Center$143,700
New Jersey
Health Research and Educational Trust of New Jersey$988,177
New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services$988,177
New Mexico
First Nations Community Health Source$355,000
New Mexico Human Services Department$957,221
New York
The Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital$498,718
Structured Employment Economic Development Corporation$988,177
North Carolina
North Carolina Pediatric Society Foundation$678,210
Ohio
Dayton Public Schools$327,900
Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati$316,418
Oklahoma
Oklahoma Health Care Authority$988,177
Oregon
Oregon Department of Health and Human Services$988,177
Northeast Oregon Network of LaGrande$465,982
Pennsylvania
Concern for Health Options, Information, Care & Education (CHOICE)$200,000
Consumer Health Coalition$299,750
South Carolina
Palmetto Project, Inc.$981,009
Texas
Texas Leadership Center$988,177
YWCA of Lubbock, TX, INC.$384,680
Utah
Association for Utah Community Health$762,580
Virginia
Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA)$957,617
Virginia Health Care Foundation$988,154
Washington
HIP of Spokane County/Community Minded Enterprise (CME)$299,766
Puget Sound Neighborhood Health Centers Neighborcare$150,000
West Virginia
West Virginia Alliance for Sustainable Families$330,700
Wyoming
Wind River Health Systems Inc.$381,895
Wisconsin
Wisconsin Department of Health Services$988,177
Wyoming
Wyoming Department of Health$268,889




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