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California Covering Kids & Families Initiative

Grant Overview
More than 6.3 million children and non-elderly adults in California are uninsured. Over two thirds of uninsured children (1.3 million) are eligible but not enrolled in the Medi-Cal or Healthy Families programs. Approximately 400,000 adults are currently eligible, but not enrolled in the Medi-Cal program. In response to the growing crisis of the uninsured, the California Covering Kids & Families project has developed a series of comprehensive strategic initiatives to ensure continued progress towards the enrollment of both uninsured children and adults in a variety of public and private health coverage programs. The initiatives were crafted in response to: (1) the racial, ethnic, cultural, economic and geographic diversity of the state; (2) the administrative structures and regulations of the larger human services delivery system; and (3) the economic threats to the health care delivery system and health care coverage. Working with key stakeholders, regulators, administrators, providers and consumers through four strategic local outreach and enrollment projects and the statewide coalition the Covering Kids & Families project seeks to: (1) further simplify and streamline enrollment and retention processes for uninsured adults and children; (2) support the development and/or the improvement of the necessary infrastructure, skill and quality of services at the state and local level to facilitate and reduce the barriers to enrollment; (3) expand the number and advocacy role of community based organizations working towards increasing access to quality of health care coverage throughout the state; (4) establish an ongoing practice and mechanism for community input and participation in state and local decision making; (5) strengthen the inter-agency infrastructure for collaboration; and (6) elevate health care coverage access as an ongoing state priority.

Grant Amount
Children: $1,000,000
Adults: $200,000

Start Date
May 1, 2002

End Date
April 30, 2006

Target Populations
Adults (search other projects targeting Adults)
African Americans (search other projects targeting African Americans)
Asians (search other projects targeting Asians)
General audience (search other projects targeting General audience)
Immigrant families (search other projects targeting Immigrant families)
Latino/Hispanic Americans (search other projects targeting Latino/Hispanic Americans)
Native Americans (search other projects targeting Native Americans)
Pacific Islanders (search other projects targeting Pacific Islanders)
Rural families (search other projects targeting Rural families)

Business (search other projects using this intervention)
Local eligibility offices (search other projects using this intervention)
Training/presentation (search other projects using this intervention)

Lead Organization
Community Health Councils, Inc.

Caroline Rivas
3761 Stocker St.
Ste. 201
Los Angeles, CA 90008

p (323) 295-9372

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