Pima Community Access Program is excited to partner with CMS for the Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment Grant

Michal Goforth, Executive Director, Pima Community Access Program

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Pima Community Access Program is honored to receive this Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment Grant.  With nearly $1 million from the grant, made possible by the Affordable Care Act, we will continue our longstanding efforts to ensure that children and families in our communities have access to the health care they need.

We know from experience that application assistance delivered by trusted members of the community is essential.  Working with the Arizona Medicaid agency, we operated a special hotline to help enroll children into Arizona’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Through that collaboration, we were able to access key data systems so we could answer questions, troubleshoot and expedite difficult cases.

As a result, in only 6 months, we were able to help enroll 26,000 children who had been waiting for coverage – and the state’s program will now be enrolling an additional 33,000 children.

This kind of help means the world to families in our community. Our staff recently took a call from a mother whose child had a serious unexpected illness. That child was in need of hospital treatment but was not enrolled in CHIP health coverage, even though the she was eligible.  Because of our direct connections, we were able to help her enroll immediately. Not a second was wasted. 

By preparing community organizations for the significant changes that will be taking place with the application and enrollment process, we are building on these vital lessons.

Under the grant, our organization and our 16 partners will provide in-person and web-based training for trainers who will, work with an array of 600 community organizations, schools, government agencies and faith-based groups. The project will provide tools that organizations can use to motivate Arizona families to enroll and maintain enrollment in the health insurance option that best meets their needs.

We are excited for this new opportunity to help enroll children of Arizona.

 

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