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Arkansas Covering Kids & Families Initiative

Grant Overview
Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, state child advocacy organization, will lead a statewide coalition of forty organizations which will direct the continuation of outreach and related activities to ensure complete coverage of the state's remaining uninsured children in families earning at or below 200% of poverty. Five local project sites will conduct activities in the 24 counties that have under-enrolled the potential number of children eligible for ARKids First, the state's Medicaid expansion program for uninsured children. School nurses will have a key role in providing outreach to children through the public schools. The participation lists of children in free and reduced lunch will be one of the instruments used to identify eligible children at the school level. School nurses will receive Medicaid administrative fund reimbursement for their outreach activities. The state lead and the local projects will train and offer technical assistance to school nurses and maintain other efforts to sustain enrollment in ARKids First. Simplification of procedures for enrollment and re-enrollment will continue to be monitored and revised as needed. A state plan for uninsured adults will be unveiled this fall. Our project will coordinate with those state planners to compliment our outreach and implementation strategies for children with those directed at uninsured adults.

Grant Amount
Children: $950,000

Start Date
January 1, 2003

End Date
December 31, 2005

Target Populations
Latino/Hispanic Americans (search other projects targeting Latino/Hispanic Americans)
Migrant workers (search other projects targeting Migrant workers)
Rural families (search other projects targeting Rural families)
Vulnerable urban populations (search other projects targeting Vulnerable urban populations)

Business (search other projects using this intervention)
Child care providers (search other projects using this intervention)
Hospitals (search other projects using this intervention)
Schools (search other projects using this intervention)

Lead Organization
Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families

Rhonda Sanders
1400 W. Markham, Ste 306
Little Rock, AR 72201

p (501) 371-9678

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Crittenden Memorial Hospital/Impact Center (CHN)
Our Children First Coalition
Our Kids Count Coalition
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