New Grants Will Help Get Health Insurance for More Kids

Health News / Tips & Trends / Celebrity Health

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 states.

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:

  • Getting schools involved in efforts to enroll children and keep them in the insurance programs.
  • Reducing health coverage disparities by promoting enrollment of children most likely to be uninsured.
  • Streamlining enrollment for children in other public benefit programs such as nutritional programs.
  • Improving application assistance resources to provide high quality, reliable Medicaid and CHIP enrollment and renewal…

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