Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Child Health Is Focus of Back-to-School Campaign; Provides Opportunities for Municipal Leaders to Promote Health Coverage

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Child Health Is Focus of Back-to-School Campaign; Provides Opportunities for Municipal Leaders to Promote Health Coverage

Article excerpt

More than 8 million children in America today lack basic health insurance.

The fact that these children lack health care coverage is a problem for their families, and it is a problem for their communities.

Most uninsured children are eligible for low-cost and free health care coverage through the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) and Medicaid, but just don't know it.

Covering Kids, a national initiative of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is working to connect uninsured children to the low-cost and free health care coverage programs available in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Municipal leaders can play a critical role in sharing this information with local families to ensure that children get the health coverage they need.

Need for Outreach and Information

Five out of 10 parents with uninsured children who qualify for SCHIP or Medicaid do not believe these programs apply to them because they work, according to Covering Kids research.

Parents with uninsured children who are eligible for these programs are needlessly forced to make very hard choices--between filling the fridge and filling a prescription. Too often, they are forced to delay medical treatment for their children.

Back-to-School Outreach Campaign

Covering Kids will launch its third annual Back-to-School outreach and enrollment drive on August 1. The kick-off event will be followed by outreach activities across the country.

NLC, in partnership with Covering Kids, is encouraging municipal leaders around the country to get involved in this year's Back-to-School campaign.

During last year's effort, more than 1,000 outreach and enrollment events took place in communities across the country.

These events offer municipal officials and other community leaders a prime opportunity to show leadership in the area of children's health care.

Municipal Roles

Both large and small investments can enrich the lives of families and improve the health and future of your community's children. Municipal leaders can:

* Issue a proclamation. Choose a day in August and issue a proclamation declaring it "Children's Health Care Coverage Day."

* Submit a letter to the editor of the local newspaper. Providing information about low-cost and free health care coverage is the first step toward getting an uninsured child needed health care coverage. …

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