The Challenge of Insurance Coverage for Children: New Resources, Strategies
On an average day in 2008, 7.3 million children were uninsured. 4.7 million of these children (65 percent) were eligible for Medicaid or CHIP but not enrolled. In an effort to boost enrollment among eligible children, the Department of Health and Human Services has launched the Connecting Kids to Coverage Challenge, which has a goal of enrolling five million children in Medicaid and CHIP in five years. HHS is building a coalition of partners on the state and national levels to work toward this goal, and has set up a website and portal to provide additional information and resources:
Insurekidsnow.gov provides invaluable resource information for providers on how to reach out to these populations. Resources such as the Children’s Coverage Toolkit, webinars, and guidance on federal policies can be found on the site. Links to provider directories in the states as well as research and answers to questions about the program are also available.
The Connecting Kids to Coverage Challenge portal allows providers to submit their plan for enrolling children in health coverage. Plans can be submitted up until September 7, 2015 and providers are encouraged to both submit their own plans and tell others about the Challenge. Submissions will be reviewed on an ongoing basis to determine how well they meet the Challenge and can potentially be transferable to other communities. Each month, the most innovative and effective entries will be highlighted on the Challenge blog.