Nearly 46 million Americans are uninsured and nearly 8.3 million of them are children. Many are eligible for low-cost or free health care coverage through Medicaid or the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), but they may not realize their children are eligible.
Today, the Covering Kids & Families 2006 Back-to-School Campaign launched nationwide. The campaign works to encourage parents to enroll their eligible children as part of their preparation for the new school year.
As a national supporter of this important effort, the Alliance of Community Health Plans joins nearly 200 other organizations and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to launch the seventh annual Covering Kids & Families Back-to-School Campaign. In August and September, thousands of activities will take place across the country to encourage families to enroll their eligible, uninsured children in available coverage programs.
In most states, children in families earning up to $40,000 a year or more are eligible for low-cost or free health care coverage. Although eligibility varies, programs exist in every state and the District of Columbia. These programs cover doctor visits, hospitalizations, prescriptions and more. The campaign encourages parents to call the national toll-free 1(877) KIDS-NOW hotline to find out if their children are eligible.
There are many ways you can get involved! Learn more about events in your community, download and order free planning guides and materials and find out about programs in your state by going to www.coveringkidsandfamilies.org.