Moms Rising and CCF Host Blog Carnival to Connect Kids to Coverage – Say Ahhh! A Children’s Health Policy Blog


and Anita Jackson, Mom’s Rising

Despite the increase in childhood poverty, our nation has
managed to reduce the number of children going without health insurance during
these tough economic times thanks to Medicaid and the Children’s Health
Insurance Program.   This is
great news but there is more work to be done as too many of our nation’s
children are still uninsured.

To highlight the importance of connecting uninsured kids
with affordable health care coverage, Moms Rising and Georgetown University’s
Center for Children and Families Say Ahhh! blogs are hosting a blog

Why focus on enrolling eligible but uninsured
  Over 4 million of
America’s children are going without health insurance right now even though
they are eligible for Medicaid or CHIP coverage.  Some have been unable to enroll due to bureaucratic barriers
put in their way.  Other families
are not aware that their children are eligible. 

There are some incredibly dedicated and talented
organizations working to remove roadblocks to coverage and connect children
with coverage.  The blog carnival
is an opportunity to share with you some of their success stories.  We also hear from some families who
rely on Medicaid or CHIP to meet their children’s health needs.  As HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
points out in her blog: “No child or young person should have to skip a
doctor’s appointment or go without the medicine they need because their family
can’t afford it.”

We hope the blog carnival will inspire all of us to
redouble our efforts to reach eligible but uninsured children.

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Connecting Kids to Coverage: A Message From Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Children’s Health is a National Priority, Patrick McIntyre, United Way

Talking Enrollment in the Windy City, Jennifer Sullivan, Enroll America

Medicaid & CHIP Approval Rating Higher than Employer Coverage Among Parents, Tricia Brooks, Say Ahhh!

Expanding Access to Care for Young Adults Through the Right Outreach and Enrollment Strategies, Brian Burrell, Young Invincibles

Texas Has Highest Rate of Uninsured Kids – Let’s Change That Now, Kelli King-Jackson, Children’s Defense Fund- Texas

Medicaid a Lifeline for Families, Elena Runiantseva, WA State MomsRising member and Medicaid beneficiary

SC Medicaid Director Seeks to Remove Roadblocks to Medicaid Enrollment, Sue Berkowitz, Say Ahhh!

Using Mobile Phones to Help Families Access Vital Medicaid Coverage, Lisa Han, The Children’s Partnership

11 Tips to Help Children Get Enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP, Judy Darnell and Stephanie Hodson, United Ways of CA

Exciting News About ARKids and Medicaid, Elisabeth Wright Burak

Updated Research Gives Fresh Clues to Reaching Uninsured Children, Tricia Brooks, Say Ahhh!

CHIPRA helps to keep Chicago area kids and teens healthy, Marge Dunne, Brittany Ward, Stephanie Gutierrez, Beacon Therapeutic

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