We’re reaching out to large towns and rural places in WV to engage with young families, caregivers, pregnant people and professionals who care for kids. Visit our project website, Facebook page, and keep an eye out for pediatricians and stakeholders in your community sharing resources and support.
To survive and thrive, all students need access to comprehensive, affordable health coverage. Unmet health and mental health needs can result in children falling behind academically. This is why we’re partnering with participating county school systems to train staff to help families enroll and re-enroll in Medicaid and CHIP.
We know that it takes a combination of broad and targeted outreach strategies to reach eligible families. Families/caregivers learn about Medicaid and CHIP through multiple avenues, including the staff in afterschool programs– trusted community partners. We know that having outreach materials and application forms available in plain language— sometimes in multiple languages— may reduce enrollment barriers. For those with limited reading proficiency, outreach coordinators are there to help.
November 2022: We’re excited to have Roane County Schools to partner with the project. From left are: Michelle Ash, director of Student Support Services; school therapist Melinda Parkins; Spencer Elementary School Principal Eric Staats; Superintendent Richard Duncan; and school social worker Jessica Bailey. They’re part of a growing team working to make sure eligible children have health insurance coverage through Medicaid or CHIP to receive well-child visits, immunizations, eye and dental care, and a host of other services.
Connecting Kids to Coverage West Virginia is supported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $ 1,480,345 with 100 percent funded by CMS/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CMS/HHS, or the U.S. Government.