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Grant Overview
It has been estimated by the Health & Human Services Commission that 4.4 million Texans are uninsured, including slightly over one million children. This is due to a variety of factors including high levels of poverty, large immigrant populations and barriers to enrollment into publicly funded insurance programs, Medicaid and TexCare. The continued partnership with The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will be critical in the statewide and local coalitions' efforts to address the challenges in enrolling and retaining eligible children and adults in the state's health care coverage programs. The Covering Kids & Families Initiative will implement statewide and local strategies designed to expand outreach activities, simplify enrollment and coordinate existing health care coverage programs with particular emphasis on hard-to-reach populations such as children in mixed-immigration families and migrant farmworker families. The two new local sites in Harris County and the Lower Rio Grande Valley were selected by the statewide coalition due to the high number of income-eligible but uninsured children in those areas (156,182 & 83,000 respectively). It is estimated that the statewide and local strategies implemented in this project will result in the enrollment and maintenance of coverage of 200,000 children.Project strategies include implementing an intensive campaign on public charge in partnership with the state, INS and others; expanding partnerships with small businesses, the faith community, legal aid groups, schools and the media to conduct outreach campaigns; increase the number of Outstationed Eligibility Workers; coordinate with the state to implement Medicaid and TexCare simplification reforms and study the impact of these reforms; and the recruitment and training of promotoras to work closely with migrant families to enroll them into existing health coverage programs.

Grant Amount
Children: $1,000,000

Start Date
March 1, 2002

End Date
February 28, 2006

Target Populations
African Americans (search other projects targeting African Americans)
Immigrant families (search other projects targeting Immigrant families)
Migrant workers (search other projects targeting Migrant workers)
Rural families (search other projects targeting Rural families)
TANF recipients (search other projects targeting TANF recipients)
Vulnerable urban populations (search other projects targeting Vulnerable urban populations)

Business (search other projects using this intervention)
Community-based organizations (search other projects using this intervention)
Faith based sites (search other projects using this intervention)
Providers (search other projects using this intervention)
Schools (search other projects using this intervention)

Lead Organization
Texas Association of Community Health Centers, Inc.

Sonia Lara
5900 Southwest Parkway
Bldg. 3
Austin, TX 78735

p (512) 329-5959

Local Projects in Texas

Children's Defense Fund (CDF) of Texas--Houston Office
Migrant Health Promotion

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