Restore Funds for CHIP and Medicaid Outreach

10 December 2015 Written by  

 

Restore Funds for

Chip and Medicaid Outreach

to Hispanic Children

 

no one size fits all model

Utah has one of the highest rates in the nation of children who are eligible but unenrolled in public health insurance programs. There are approximately 50,000 children in Utah who are eligible for CHIP or Medicaid insurance, but not enrolled. An estimated 35% of these unenrolled children are Hispanic.

Utah has the highest rate of uninsured Hispanic children in the nation. Many Hispanic families do not know their children are eligible for coverage. Low-income Hispanic families face greater challenges when it comes to learning about affordable health coverage options.

Funding effective outreach can help families learn about their options and get the care they need. In 2010, the Department of Health eliminated Medicaid outreach as a cost-saving measure following the recession. While the state has recovered financially, it has yet to restore outreach funding to the Department. Outreach efforts qualify for federal matching dollars, further reducing the overall cost to the state.

Voices for Utah Children supports  Restoring Outreach Funding for CHIP & Medicaid Hispanic kids make up 17%  of the Utah child population,  but almost half of the uninsured.  Outreach would help  more Hispanic families  get coverage for their children.

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Restore Funds for Chip and Medicaid Outreach to Hispanic Children


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JessieJessie Mandle, Senior Health Policy Analyst, joined the organization in 2015. Prior to joining Voices for Utah Children, Jessie was a Senior Program Planner with the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Their Families, where she focused on nutrition and Out of School Time areas. Jessie also worked as a policy researcher in Johannesburg, South Africa and oversaw a CDC grant for Multnomah County Aging and Disability Services in Portland, Oregon. Most recently, she worked with the Utah Department of Health and the Utah Cancer Action Network. Jessie has a Master's degree in Public Heath from Portland State University and a B.A. in Government from Wesleyan University in Connecticut.