Academic journal article Health Care Financing Review

Bilingual Booklet Provides Health Coverage Information for Hispanic Children. (Recent Releases)

Academic journal article Health Care Financing Review

Bilingual Booklet Provides Health Coverage Information for Hispanic Children. (Recent Releases)

Article excerpt

HHS recently released a new bilingual booklet to provide information to Spanish-speaking parents whose children may be eligible for health insurance benefits through the SCHIP and Medicaid.

State agencies and others involved in each State's SCHIP and Medicaid Programs can use the booklet to help Spanish-speaking residents and others learn about the availability of free and low-cost health insurance for children in low-income families through their State's SCHIP. HHS will work with States that want to add information about their programs to the 13-page booklet. In addition, HHS will provide booklets to community health centers and other organizations.

The booklet, written in Spanish and English on alternating pages, is called Protect Your Family's Health ... With Confidence (Proteja la Salud de Su Familia ... con Confianza), and has four sections:

* An explanation of the importance of health insurance to a child's overall health.

* Instructions on how to contact a State's SCHIP (1-877-543-7669) and the benefits of enrolling children in it. This section also explains that parents' immigration status will not be affected by enrolling their children in SCHIP.

* Answers to common questions dealing with the age of eligible children, which members of the family may enroll children in SCHIP, and information family members need to share with SCHIP staff to determine eligibility. …

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