$32M to Help Eligible Children Get Enrolled in Health Coverage

Childrens_healthThe Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services offers $32 million in Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment grants to support efforts to help families get their children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Deadline: Jan. 20.

The funds will support activities aimed at alerting families to the availability of free or low-cost health coverage under Medicaid and CHIP, identifying children likely to be eligible, and assisting families with the application and renewal process.  Medicaid and CHIP provide comprehensive coverage to the nation’s most vulnerable children.

“Health coverage gives children access to the care they need to stay healthy and gives families the security of knowing their kids and household budgets are protected.” said Vikki Wachino, deputy administrator of CMS. “By connecting eligible children to Medicaid and CHIP, these grants will help to ensure that children can more fully participate in childhood activities and are more prepared to succeed in school.”

Eligible entities include: schools, governments, faith-based groups and community-based public or nonprofit private organizations. A total of $32 million in federal funding over two years will be available. CMS expects to award approximately 30 Cycle IV cooperative agreements ranging in size from $250,000 to $1 million over a two-year period. CMS is especially interested in projects that target populations likely to be eligible for Medicaid and CHIP, but generally less likely to be enrolled; examples of target populations include teens, Latino children and children in rural areas.   

The funding opportunity is the fourth cycle of this initiative and funding will be awarded as cooperative agreements to allow close collaboration between CMS and awardees. Schools have won in the past. The Los Angeles Unified School District won a $1 million to expand outreach and increase the enrollment of eligible children in Medi-Cal. The project targets eligible children in pre-K through 12th grade in Los Angeles and 31 adjacent cities and communities.  

Past awards are available at: http://tinyurl.com/omn4u6c

Info: http://tinyurl.com/ot57s6m or CMS_TA@grantreview.org

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education.

Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government.

Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.

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