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Fact sheets: Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment Grants

Date
2013-07-02
Title
Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment Grants
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Contact
press@cms.hhs.gov

Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment Grants

On July 2, 2013 the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded nearly $32 million in new grant awards to fund the Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment Grants (Cycle III) to continue efforts to reach out, enroll, and retain eligible children in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  These grants are funded by the Affordable Care Act. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is awarding 41 grants to state governments and organizations in 22 states; two grantees are multistate organizations.  

Overview

The Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment Grant funds are provided through the Affordable Care Act to continue the grant program first funded under the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA). The objective is to reduce the number of children who are eligible for but not enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP, and to keep them covered for as long as they qualify. The projects funded also help prepare organizations and communities for the expansion of health insurance coverage that will start in January of 2014.

Efforts to streamline Medicaid and CHIP enrollment and renewal practices, combined with robust outreach activities, have helped reduce the number of uninsured children.  Since 2008, 1.7 million children have gained coverage and the rate of uninsured children has dropped to 6.6 percent in 2012.

Key Aspects of the Grants

Applicants for Cycle III grants were directed to design their proposals to address issues in one of five primary focus areas.  The focus areas and the number of awards being granted in each is below:

  1. Engaging schools in outreach, enrollment and retention activities (9 awards);
  2. Bridging health coverage disparities by reaching out to subgroups of children that exhibit lower-than-average health coverage rates (8 awards);
  3. Designing and executing targeted enrollment strategies to streamline health coverage enrollment for individuals participating in other public benefit programs such as food nutritional programs or other assistance programs (3 awards);
  4. Establishing and developing application assistance resources to provide high quality, reliable Medicaid and CHIP enrollment and renewal services in local communities (13 awards); and
  5. Conducting training programs to equip communities to help families understand the new application and enrollment system and to deliver effective assistance to families with children eligible for Medicaid or CHIP (8 awards).

The average grant award is $775,000, with a range of $190,000 to $1 million.

CMS ensured grantees represent states with a large number of eligible, but unenrolled children.  These states are California, Texas, Florida, Georgia, New York, Arizona, Illinois and Indiana.

States that received more than one grant include California (9), New York (5), Texas (3), Pennsylvania (3) and Georgia (2). 

Grantees:

Organization Name

State

Total First Year Grant Funding

Pima Community Access Program

Ariz.

 $        999,920

Tides Center - California Coverage & Health Initiatives

Calif.

 $        750,900

Catholic Charities of California

Calif.

 $        999,956

Nevada County Superintendent of Schools

Calif.

 $        284,465

Northeast Valley Health Corporation

Calif.

 $        796,258

Family Health Centers of San Diego Inc.

Calif.

 $        993,472

United American Indian Involvement

Calif.

 $        313,422

Los Angeles Unified School District

Calif.

 $        974,929

Alameda County Social Services Agency

Calif.

 $        877,750

Lake County Tribal Health Consortium Inc.

Calif.

 $        192,881

Telluride Foundation

Colo.

 $        380,459

Farmworker Justice

National

 $        777,468

National Alliance for Hispanic Health

National

 $        992,409

University of South Florida

Fla.

 $    1,000,000

United Way

Ga.

 $        999,913

Family Intervention Specialists Inc.

Ga.

 $        667,337

Mountain States Group Inc.

Idaho

 $        539,956

Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition

Ill.

 $        999,908

Covering Kids & Families of Indiana Inc.

Ind.

 $        997,810

Access to Justice Foundation

Ky.

 $        993,434

Health Care For All Inc.

Mass.

 $        747,908

County of Washtenaw

Mich.

 $        593,587

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri

Mo.

 $        379,589

NJ Dept. of Human Services, Div of Medical Asst. & Health Svcs.

N.J.

 $    1,000,000

New Mexico Human Services Department

N.M.

 $    1,000,000

Foundation for Positively Kids Inc.

Nev.

 $        895,832

Adirondack Health Institute Inc.

N.Y.

 $        814,048

Public Health Solutions

N.Y.

 $        874,948

Kaleida Health

N.Y.

 $        478,138

Community Health Center of Richmond Inc.

N.Y.

 $        999,070

The Osborne Association Inc.

N.Y.

 $        800,000

Keystone Rural Health Center

Pa.

 $        998,200

Maternal and Child Health Consortium of Chester County

Pa.

 $        768,000

Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Inc.

Pa.

 $        267,500

South Carolina Office of Rural Health

S.C.

 $        969,185

Community Council of Greater Dallas

Texas

 $        989,357

Community Action Corporation of South Texas

Texas

 $        820,050

Gateway to Care

Texas

 $        998,784

Virginia Health Care Foundation

Va.

 $        999,993

Neighborcare Health

Wash.

 $        395,000

Partners for Community Development Inc.

Wis.

 $        461,448

 Total

 

 $  31,783,284