Our federal partners at the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services jointly released a letter to support their commitment that every child deserves the opportunity to a healthy and successful life. To achieve this goal they support quality health care and education for every child. In addition to the letter of support the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services also released a toolkit to offer additional resources for everyone to use to better connect health and education services.
Drawing on data from the U.S. National Survey of Children’s Health, a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), compared experiences of children with private and public health insurance and found that those with Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (“CHIP”) coverage were more likely to receive preventative medical and dental services as well as less likely to incur out-of-pocket costs. This study found that caregivers’ experience with Medicaid coverage was at least as positive, and sometimes more positive, than their experience with private insurance.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new grant opportunity to help enroll children in Medicaid and CHIP. A total of $32 million will be available for cooperative agreements ranging in size from $250,000 to $1 million over a two-year period. CMS will hold the first of two conference calls for prospective applicants on November 19, 2015. The second call will be on Monday, November 30, 2015. More detailed information is on their website at http://www.insurekidsnow.gov/professionals/funding/index.html
Every February, the school-based health care community celebrates National School-Based Health Care Awareness Month—an opportunity to recognize our success and raise awareness about how school-based health centers (SBHCs) are effecting change across the country.
Click here to find out more on how State and Local Governments, Schools, Non-Profits and others can apply for available Grant Funds to Enroll Children in Medicaid and CHIP