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$32 Million Available to Help Connect Kids to Coverage

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) this week announced $32 million in available funds to support efforts to link eligible children to Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage.

This is the fourth cycle of grants through the Connecting Kids to Coverage program to help organizations alert families to the availability of coverage, identify children likely to be eligible, and assist families with the application and renewal process. Efforts to increase coverage for children since 2009 have reduced the uninsured rate in children to an all-time low of 6 percent in 2014.

CMS expects to award 30 cooperative agreements over the next two years to eligible health care provider organizations, state and local governments, Indian tribes and tribal organizations, nonprofit organizations, and schools and school districts. Applicants are asked to focus their efforts on populations that face lower enrollment rates for eligible children, including teens, Latino children, and children in rural areas. Proposals are due Jan. 20, 2016.

Contact Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.

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Matt Buechner is the policy and advocacy associate for America's Essential Hospitals.