Late last week the federal government awarded $40 million in grants to find hard-to-reach, uninsured children and help enroll them in CHIP coverage. Two of the successful applicants are in Washington and will receive nearly $450,000 over the next two years.
Neighborcare Health (formerly Puget Sound Neighborhood Health Centers) will use the funds to conduct outreach through its clinics in Seattle neighborhoods and schools. In Eastern Washington, HIP of Spokane and Community-Minded Enterprises will use the funds to support outreach efforts in Spokane and surrounding rural counties. Children in Washington’s rural counties are more likely to be uninsured, and targeted outreach of this kind is a key strategy for lowering our state’s uninsurance rate.
This is the latest of several tangible benefits to Washington State from the federal CHIPRA bill, passed in February 2009.
Across the country, the CHIPRA outreach grants went to community-based organizations and coalitions that use multiple approaches to connect children to coverage and care. Washington state’s strategy for investing in outreach has been similar—Apple Health outreach is conducted by organizations in nearly every county that know their communities well enough to choose an effective, culturally appropriate combination of strategies.
The Center for Children and Families has a breakdown of the CHIPRA outreach grants on their reliably informative Say Ahhh! blog.
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