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Your Mother’s Day gift to you

Did you know that, even though open enrollment season for health insurance has closed, enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is open all-year round?

Good news for pregnant moms

This is good news for expectant moms who cannot afford coverage, since it means that they can still get the prenatal care needed for a healthy pregnancy. While the details of the benefits vary by state, coverage includes, at minimum, all health care related to pregnancy, labor, and delivery and any complications that may occur during pregnancy. Eligibility levels also vary slightly by state. Generally, a total family income of $44,122 for a family of four will qualify pregnant moms for low-cost or free health coverage through Medicaid or CHIP. (But check with your state for details.)

Good news for children

Make Your Mom Proud: Spread the Word about Medicaid and CHIP!

Being a mom is one of life’s greatest experiences, but nobody will ever say it’s easy.  Being entrusted with the health, safety, and well being of a child is the ultimate responsibility, one that no mom takes lightly.  No mother wants her children to be sick and unable to get the heath care they need and at the same time every mother lives in fear that she might become ill or injured and unable to care for her children. Getting health coverage can be difficult, but there is now reason for new hope.

Su propio regalo del Día de las Madres

¿Sabía usted que, aunque se ha cerrado la temporada de inscripción abierta para el seguro de salud, inscripción al Medicaid y el Programa de seguro médico para niños (CHIP, por sus siglas en inglés) ocurre durante todo el año?

Teeth Need Care Too!

In our ongoing conversation about health and healthcare, we often forget to mention dental health. Did you know tooth decay is the number one chronic disease of children? According to the Center for Disease Control, tooth decay affects more than one-fourth of U.S. children aged 2 to 5 years and half of those aged 12 to 15. It’s even worse for lower-income families. About half of these kids and two-thirds of those aged 12 to 19 had or do have decay issues.

If you have ever suffered through a tooth ache, you know how painful they can be. For our children, untreated cavities can cause pain, bad behavior, school absences, concentration issues and insecurities about appearance.  

The good news is that tooth decay is preventable and 100% curable. In addition to regular visits to a dentist or dental clinic beginning at about age one, we as parents need to encourage and model good oral healthcare practices with our children. These core practices shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. They include brushing, flossing and healthy eating.

Groundbreaking Bill for Pregnant Women in Prison Goes to Massachusetts Governor

Today the Massachusetts Legislature sent Governor Deval Patrick an important and long-awaited bill to guarantee minimum standards for pregnant women in jail and prison, including strict limits on shackling.

Governor Patrick has ten days to sign the bill into law. He has already said he wants to sign it.

Wins

The bill bans the use of any restraints on women during labor and childbirth, period. No exceptions.

The bill bans the use of waist chains and leg irons on women who are pregnant or who have given birth, period. No exceptions. This is one of the most far-reaching protections in any state statute.

Niños en California son Elegibles para Medi-Cal Gratis Todo El Año – Vamos a Inscribirlos Hoy Día

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El verano ya casi esta aquí y California Coverage & Health Initiatives (CCHI) y todos nuestros miembros del estado queremos ver a niños en California saludables, en donde viven y juegan. Los estudios demuestran que los niños con cobertura médica crecen mejor preparados para la vida y de igual manera listos para aprender en la escuela.  Es por esto que queremos recordarles a todos que la inscripción en cobertura de salud es gratis por medio del programa de Medicaid en California, Medi-Cal, y está disponible todo el año para niños.

No hay fecha límite para aplicar, así que mire si usted y su familia son elegibles AHORA contactando su consejero de elegibilidad. Puede buscar al más cercano por medio de su código postal (AQI) o puede llamar a Covered California al 1 (800) 300-1506 y ellos le ayudaran.

Enrollment still open for Medicaid and CHIP

The Children’s Dental Health Project was founded in 1997 with the principle goal of implementing the then-optional dental benefit in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). As more than a decade has passed and CDHP’s mission has grown, so too has dental coverage for children. Thanks to the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization of 2009 (CHIPRA), dental coverage is now mandatory for all state CHIP programs and more than 8 million enrolled children have affordable dental coverage. Like many children’s health organizations, we have expanded our mission to guarantee similar successes in Marketplace dental coverage for children under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As ACA continues to dominate health policy discussions, Medicaid and CHIP steadily provide the coverage necessary for many working families to stay healthy to attend school and work.

Making Mom’s Day: Health Insurance for the Family

As a mom of two young boys, I know that one of the biggest issues held near and dear to every mother’s heart is ensuring that her children and family are healthy and happy. I also know that taking care of myself and making sure I stay healthy is important for keeping the family running smoothly. Moms truly are the CEOs of most families, particularly when it comes to health care. In fact, a forthcoming Kaiser Family Foundation survey shows that moms take responsibility for managing their children’s health needs more than 70% of the time, for example, by choosing a doctor, taking them to appointments, and making sure they get follow-up care. Moms also are the main members of the household who take care of kids when they are sick, often having to miss work to do so.  

Moms know how important regular health care is for making sure their children stay healthy and can succeed and thrive in school, sports, and other activities. Parents too benefit from regular screenings and preventive care. Silent health problems, such as hypertension and diabetes, often go unnoticed without routine check-ups.

My Hoosier Healthwise Story

About 5 years ago I had a job as a real estate agent.  Like most real estate agents, I worked as a private contractor and health insurance was not available through my company.  I went to a private insurance agency and since I had a pre-existing condition, the insurance plans that were available to my family were over $500 per month.  This was unaffordable.  Even though I was concerned about my own healthcare, I was more concerned about my daughter.  I wanted to be sure that my daughter received the services she needed like annual check-ups, dental cleanings, vision checks, vaccinations, and the ability to see a doctor if she got sick.  I didn’t have the money to pay for an expensive insurance plan, but I also didn’t have the money to pay for an emergency room bill if things got really bad.  I didn’t know what to do and I was worried.

Health Coverage: Many Moms, Children, and Families May Still be Eligible to Enroll

This month we celebrate Mother’s Day. And here at Families USA, we can think of no better way to honor moms everywhere than by making sure moms, their children, and their families have access to affordable health coverage. This year, thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health coverage is available to more moms and the people they care about than ever before.

Luckily, even though the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment period has ended, enrollment for Medicaid and CHIP doesn’t end with open enrollment. That means eligible moms, dads, and their children can still sign up for coverage. That’s a perfect reason to celebrate this Mother’s Day!

The Best Mother’s Day Gift for Mom: Healthy Children

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