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Connecting Families to Coverage: It’s Never Too Late to Enroll in Medicaid and CHIP

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) wants families to know that adults and children who are eligible for Medicaid and/or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) can enroll all year around. Through their “Connecting Kids to Coverage” campaign, CMS hopes to improve the lives of children and families by reminding them that there are no enrollment deadlines for Medicaid and CHIP.

CHIP provides eligible children and teens up to 19 years of age with coverage that covers regular check-ups, shots, doctor and dentist visits, hospital care, mental health services, prescriptions and more. With the Affordable Care Act (ACA) more adults became eligible for Medicaid and many who may have been denied in the past now qualify.

Connecting Homeless Kids and their Families to Medicaid

Many American families are having a hard time these days. The cost of housing, child care and other living expenses are rising, and benefits and wages aren’t keeping pace.  It’s no wonder that 1.6 million kids are homeless and we are seeing more families and children calling home a place that’s actually a car, a homeless shelter, a temporary housing program, a friend’s couch or even an alcove tucked away somewhere on the street.  

In times of crisis, finding shelter, food and safety are the primary concerns, and things like making doctor visits and keeping insurance benefits up to date tend to fall by the wayside. Sadly, this also means serious illnesses can go unaddressed, and preventive care like immunizations and developmental screens get completely off schedule.

Moms: Getting Their Families the Coverage They Need

As we honor moms, we should recognize the important role that many of them play in keeping their families healthy — including getting them the health coverage that they need.  More than 8 million people enrolled in private health coverage during the first open enrollment season for health reform’s insurance marketplaces.  Another 4.8 million individuals enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  Many moms were undoubtedly behind those numbers.

After all, moms often coordinate their children’s health care — selecting their doctors, taking them to appointments, and ensuring that they get the care they need.  They also spur the men in their lives to sign up for coverage, research has shown.

Financially Empowering Families by Connecting Them to Medicaid and CHIP

There are well-known reasons why promoting enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) makes sense for cities, but it isn’t just about better health outcomes—it’s also about financial empowerment. Just one medical emergency can bankrupt a family and cause devastating long-term financial hardship.

Did You Know? Insuring Children is Never Out of Season! #insurekidsnow

As a school nurse, I remember overhearing a cashier at my local grocery store sharing with a colleague that her child was sick with asthma and spring allergies, but she did not have health insurance for him, so could not take him to a healthcare provider. In my purse was an application for the state Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) – not unusual for this serious advocate for child and adolescent access to health care! I shared briefly about CHIP and handed the cashier the application. When I saw her months later in the store, she shared that her son was now insured!

What You Need to Know About Medicaid and CHIP

While March 31st marked the end of the open enrollment period for purchasing private health insurance through the marketplaces, other avenues to health care coverage remain. Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are critical health insurance programs for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and eligible people can enroll any time.  Depending on the state, and the decisions that have been made about expanding Medicaid, many more people with disabilities may be eligible for health care coverage. 

Medicaid is a lifeline for most people with significant disabilities who generally do not have access to employer-based or other private coverage, have greater medical needs, and often require assistance with activities of daily living throughout their lifetimes.

Getting Covered and Staying Covered

The Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) is a leader in building a healthy society in which all residents have convenient and affordable access to quality healthcare.

An important part of our mission to promote, support and develop comprehensive, accessible and affordable community-based primary health care services is ensuring residents gain health coverage and stay enrolled as long as they are eligible. 

MPCA has had an amazing opportunity to participate in two cycles of the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) Outreach and Enrollment Grant program. Our current coverage retention focused initiative partners with seven Health Center organizations who utilize innovative text and voice messaging technology to boost the retention rate of over 100,000 children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP in Michigan. Getting signed up is the first key step, but staying enrolled by completing an annual coverage renewal (retention) is equally important to the health of children and teens. 

Looking for health coverage for your kids? We can help!

Open Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act Marketplace plans may have ended for now, but did you know that kids, teens up to 19, and some adults may still be eligible for coverage?

Enrollment in Indiana Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) is open year-round for kids and adults who qualify.  Don’t put off those check-ups, shots, dentist visits, sports or camp physicals, prescriptions, or prenatal care because you think there are no coverage options for you!

Mother’s Day Might be Behind Us But It’s Not Too Late to Give Mom a Special Gift

Yesterday mothers everywhere were showered with love and appreciation for everything they do to keep their children well and happy. If you want to pay one more tribute to a mom you know, it’s not too late for an extra-special gift that doesn’t need to be wrapped in sparkly paper and tied with a bow.

 

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.

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