Connecting Kids to Coverage

connecting kids

The Community Health Center of Richmond has been awarded almost $1 million in federal funding to locate and enroll eligible children in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid announced on July 2 that CHCR is one of 41 organizations or state agencies nationwide to share $32 million under the Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment funding opportunity. Five New York organizations were awarded funding.

With the funding, CHCR will create and operate the Staten Island Kids Connect program. The health center plans to establish a dedicated, on-site enrollment center at its facility on Port Richmond Avenue and also use mobile technology for enrollments at schools, churches, business and organizations. CHCR also is hiring additional enrollment and outreach specialists and will partner with numerous local agencies to reach eligible children and their families.

“This grant provides us a great opportunity to identify children and make sure that they get needed coverage,” said Henry Thompson, President and Chief Executive Officer of CHCR. “Children are our future. One of the best opportunities that we have to make sure that they can become productive citizens is to provide them with good primary health care—to keep them healthy, prevent serious conditions and diseases and to reduce school days lost to illness.”

Download the entire press release here.

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