-- Robert Preidt
TUESDAY, July 2 (HealthDay News) -- More children in low-income
families will get health insurance coverage, thanks to nearly $32
million in grants announced by U.S. health officials Tuesday.
The grants, which will help identify and enroll children
eligible for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program
(CHIP), were awarded to 41 state agencies, community health
centers, school-based organizations and nonprofit groups in 22
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said the
grant amounts range from $190,000 to $1 million per recipient and
focus on five areas. These include:
"Today's grants will ensure that more children across the nation have access to the quality health care they need," HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a government news release. "We are drawing from successful children's health coverage outreach and enrollment efforts to help promote enrollment this fall in Medicaid and the new health insurance marketplace."
The Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment Grants
are part of the $140 million included in the Affordable Care Act
and the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of
2009 for enrollment and renewal outreach.
In recent years, efforts to make Medicaid and CHIP enrollment
and renewal easier, along with improved outreach activities, have
led to fewer uninsured children. By 2012, the rate of uninsured
children had dropped to 6.6 percent with about 1.7 million kids
gaining coverage since 2008, according to HHS.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has more about
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