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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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Did You Know? Insuring Children is Never Out of Season! #insurekidsnow

May 12, 2014
As a school nurse, I remember overhearing a cashier at my local grocery store sharing with a colleague that her child was sick with asthma and spring allergies, but she did not have health insurance for him, so could not take him to a healthcare provider. In my purse was an application for the state Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) – not unusual for this serious advocate for child and adolescent access to health care! I shared briefly about CHIP and handed the cashier the application. When I saw her months later in the store, she shared that her son was now insured! School nurses...
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My Hoosier Healthwise Story

May 12, 2014
About 5 years ago I had a job as a real estate agent. Like most real estate agents, I worked as a private contractor and health insurance was not available through my company. I went to a private insurance agency and since I had a pre-existing condition, the insurance plans that were available to my family were over $500 per month. This was unaffordable. Even though I was concerned about my own healthcare, I was more concerned about my daughter. I wanted to be sure that my daughter received the services she needed like annual check-ups, dental cleanings, vision checks, vaccinations, and the...
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Connecting Families to Coverage: It’s Never Too Late to Enroll in Medicaid and CHIP

May 12, 2014
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) wants families to know that adults and children who are eligible for Medicaid and/or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) can enroll all year around. Through their “Connecting Kids to Coverage” campaign, CMS hopes to improve the lives of children and families by reminding them that there are no enrollment deadlines for Medicaid and CHIP. CHIP provides eligible children and teens up to 19 years of age with coverage that covers regular check-ups, shots, doctor and dentist visits, hospital care, mental health services, prescriptions and...
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Getting Covered and Staying Covered

May 12, 2014
The Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) is a leader in building a healthy society in which all residents have convenient and affordable access to quality healthcare. An important part of our mission to promote, support and develop comprehensive, accessible and affordable community-based primary health care services is ensuring residents gain health coverage and stay enrolled as long as they are eligible. MPCA has had an amazing opportunity to participate in two cycles of the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) Outreach and Enrollment Grant program. Our...
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Building an Economy that Works for All Moms

May 11, 2014
This Sunday, as we celebrate Mother’s Day and honor all of the extraordinary women who have cared for us, let’s recommit ourselves to building an economy that gives all moms the opportunity to care for their families.
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Making Mom’s Day: Health Insurance for the Family

May 12, 2014
As a mom of two young boys, I know that one of the biggest issues held near and dear to every mother’s heart is ensuring that her children and family are healthy and happy. I also know that taking care of myself and making sure I stay healthy is important for keeping the family running smoothly.
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Celebrating Mother’s Day with CHIP

May 12, 2014
How about a Mother’s Day gift of one less thing to worry about? The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid are there for families still without health insurance, and there’s no enrollment date to worry about. Children and teens up to age 18 – expecting mothers and parents too! – may be eligible for this free or low-cost care. So Mom can rest easy on her special day knowing the kids are getting regular checkups, lifesaving immunizations, doctor and dentists visits, emergency care, and more. A Pennsylvania mother whose three sons are enrolled in CHIP thanks the coverage for the...
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Health Coverage: Many Moms, Children, and Families May Still be Eligible to Enroll

May 12, 2014
This month we celebrate Mother’s Day. And here at Families USA, we can think of no better way to honor moms everywhere than by making sure moms, their children, and their families have access to affordable health coverage. This year, thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), health coverage is available to more moms and the people they care about than ever before. Luckily, even though the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment period has ended, enrollment for Medicaid and CHIP doesn’t end with open enrollment. That means eligible moms, dads, and their children can still sign up for coverage...
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Sign Up is Ongoing for Medicaid and CHIP

May 12, 2014
Spring is the time we think of children and their families being outside without their coats and seeing the bird’s nest if you stand on your tippy toes. As spring came this year, the open enrollment period ended for the private insurance created by the Affordable Care Act. The good news is that enrolling a child or a child’s parent in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is not limited by the seasons and is available now and next week and next month….come rain or come shine. There is no deadline or enrollment period and signing up is available year round for either one...
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