The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has awarded $31.8 million in grants to 41 state agencies as well as community health centers, schools and not-for-profit organizations in 22 states to aid in enrolling children in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
The grants, ranging from $190,000 to $1 million, are part of $140 million authorized in the Affordable Care Act and the CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2009 to conduct enrollment outreach programs.
In addition to outreach programs, some of the grant funds are being used to streamline enrollment for other public programs such as nutritional assistance, and to help families understand new application and enrollment processes. “We are drawing from successful children’s health coverage outreach and enrollment efforts to help promote enrollment this fall in Medicaid and the New Health Insurance Marketplace (exchanges),” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in an announcement. The list of grantees is available here.
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