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Teeth Need Care Too!

May 12, 2014
In our ongoing conversation about health and healthcare, we often forget to mention dental health. Did you know tooth decay is the number one chronic disease of children? According to the Center for Disease Control, tooth decay affects more than one-fourth of U.S. children aged 2 to 5 years and half of those aged 12 to 15. It’s even worse for lower-income families. About half of these kids and two-thirds of those aged 12 to 19 had or do have decay issues. If you have ever suffered through a tooth ache, you know how painful they can be. For our children, untreated cavities can cause pain, bad...
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Just The Facts: Gateway to Care & the Culture of Health

May 12, 2014
We speak to many people everyday who call Gateway to Care because they are looking for healthcare. The phone call may start with the parent calling for assistance in locating healthcare options, but it will end with the whole family having the steps and tools they need for health coverage. Being that we are located in the state of Texas, 1 out of every 4 people are uninsured, the highest rate of uninsured people in the country http://www.window.state.tx.us/specialrpt/tif/healthcare.html ). Gateway to Care's Connecting Kids and Families to Coverage team strives to make an impact on these...
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Moms: Getting Their Families the Coverage They Need

May 12, 2014
As we honor moms, we should recognize the important role that many of them play in keeping their families healthy — including getting them the health coverage that they need. More than 8 million people enrolled in private health coverage during the first open enrollment season for health reform’s insurance marketplaces. Another 4.8 million individuals enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Many moms were undoubtedly behind those numbers. After all, moms often coordinate their children’s health care — selecting their doctors, taking them to appointments, and...
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Connecting Homeless Kids and their Families to Medicaid

May 12, 2014
Many American families are having a hard time these days. The cost of housing, child care and other living expenses are rising, and benefits and wages aren’t keeping pace. It’s no wonder that 1.6 million kids are homeless and we are seeing more families and children calling home a place that’s actually a car, a homeless shelter, a temporary housing program, a friend’s couch or even an alcove tucked away somewhere on the street. In times of crisis, finding shelter, food and safety are the primary concerns, and things like making doctor visits and keeping insurance benefits up to date tend to...
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Medicaid is Still Open for Business

May 12, 2014
The big news in Illinois this month is that enrollments into new health care options under the Affordable Care Act from October 1, 2013 – April 15, 2014 topped the half million mark . More than 217,000 people enrolled in the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace and even more – 287,000 enrolled into the new Medicaid expansion. The latest Gallup poll is shoring up these enrollment numbers with related data: the U.S. uninsured rate continued to drop to its lowest monthly rate since January 2008. This is exciting news for all of us involved in the Affordable Care Act rollout. At the Sargent...
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Mother’s Day, Like Medicaid, Should Be Year Round

May 12, 2014
Over 2 million young adults (18-34) now have coverage – many were able to stay on their parent’s plan – and this Mother’s Day we should take the time to thank the ones who helped make this happen. It’s no secret that Mothers, Mamas, and Care Givers everywhere helped ensure their families knew about the deadline to enroll in health coverage during the first open enrollment period. Our Get Covered America team met women across the country in search of information they could share with their families. During phone banks, it was not unusual to have mothers stop the call and bring their sons or...
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What You Need to Know About Medicaid and CHIP

May 12, 2014
While March 31 st marked the end of the open enrollment period for purchasing private health insurance through the marketplaces, other avenues to health care coverage remain. Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are critical health insurance programs for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and eligible people can enroll any time. Depending on the state, and the decisions that have been made about expanding Medicaid, many more people with disabilities may be eligible for health care coverage. Medicaid is a lifeline for most people with...
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Healthy Kids Make Better Learners

May 12, 2014
The School-Based Health Alliance serves as the national voice for school-based health centers (SBHCs), and our mission is to improve the health status of children and youth by advancing and advocating for school-based health care. While our mission is focused on access to health care in school, our vision is that all children and adolescents are healthy and achieving at their fullest potential. One of the best ways to fulfill this vision is to ensure all children have health insurance. That’s why we are joining with the Connecting Kids to Coverage Campaign and Moms Rising during this Blog...
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Medicaid Means Healthy Kids and Bright Futures

May 12, 2014
When it comes to children’s health, every parent knows that the early years are crucial. President Lyndon B. Johnson echoed that sentiment when he pushed to expand the Medicaid program to focus on children’s health more than 40 years ago. Despite getting more children health insurance coverage, not every child in America has the same chance at a healthy future. Low-income children are more likely to have problems affecting their behavioral development, vision, hearing, and oral health—all situations that can affect how children learn, play and grow. Low-income children of color are...
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Financially Empowering Families by Connecting Them to Medicaid and CHIP

May 12, 2014
There are well-known reasons why promoting enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) makes sense for cities, but it isn’t just about better health outcomes—it’s also about financial empowerment . Just one medical emergency can bankrupt a family and cause devastating long-term financial hardship. City leaders invested in reducing poverty understand that connecting low-income families to Medicaid and CHIP is an effective financial empowerment strategy because doing so relieves families of significant financial burdens associated with medical care , which can lead...
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