On July 2, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced nearly $32 million in grants for efforts to identify and enroll children eligible for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment Grants were awarded to 41 state agencies, community health centers, school-based organizations, and non-profit groups in 22 states; two grantees are multistate organizations.
Grants were made in five focus areas:
- Engaging schools in outreach, enrollment, and retention activities (9 awards);
- Reducing health coverage disparities by reaching out to subgroups of children that are less likely to have health coverage (8 awards);
- Streamlining enrollment for individuals participating in other public benefit programs such as nutritional or other assistance programs (3 awards);
- Improving application assistance resources to provide high-quality, reliable Medicaid and CHIP enrollment and renewal services in local communities (13 awards); and
- Training communities to help families understand the new application and enrollment system, and to deliver effective assistance to families with children eligible for Medicaid or CHIP (8 awards).
Grant amounts range from $190,000 to $1 million. To learn more about the Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment Campaign, click here.