MPCA Amongst the Recipients of $40 Million to States to Find, Enroll Children in CHIP and Medicaid

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced $40 million in grants to 69 grantees in 41 states and the District of Columbia to help them find and enroll children who are uninsured but eligible for either Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) is among 69 grantees in 41 states to receive new funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to find and enroll children who are uninsured but eligible for either Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

“The facts in Michigan are clear – the number of uninsured children in our state is on the rise.  From 2006 to 2007, the percentage of uninsured children in Michigan rose from 4.7% to 6.2%; for the youngest in our state, the rate jumped from 4.6% to 7.8%,” said Rebecca Cienki, Director of Policy & Planning, MPCA. “Additionally, the latest KIDS Count data shows over 450,000 children are living in poverty in Michigan, of which 202,325 are uninsured.”

Using the $915,079 in grant funding it was awarded, MPCA in collaboration with the Michigan Association of United Ways will, over the next two years, enroll approximately 12,000 children eligible for Healthy Kids, Michigan’s Medicaid program for children, or MIChild, Michigan’s CHIP, through a statewide grassroots enrollment initiative.

Outreach specialists will conduct enrollment activities in schools, homeless shelters, migrant camps, faith-based organizations, food banks, businesses, and other locations in order to reach eligible but uninsured children. Identified children will be enrolled through the comprehensive benefit access system, a “one stop” enrollment tool that enables families to apply not only for MIChild and Healthy Kids benefits, but also for other public benefits such as food assistance, child care, and earned income tax credits.

Stay tuned for more information on this unprescented initiative as the program develops this fall!

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