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Five Ways to Help Uninsured

Children    

 

BY SHARON ADAMS-TAYLOR

AASA and the Children’s Defense Fund have developed these five steps school districts can take to enroll uninsured school-age children in health coverage.

Identify uninsured children. Add a health question to school enrollment cards to identify every uninsured child by campus. Modify school district databases to collect and report data on uninsured children to principals at each site.

Train key school system staff. School nurses, clerks, administrators and early childhood educators should be informed about federal support for children’s health coverage so they can assist families in applying.

Disseminate information. Inform families about children’s health coverage programs through school health fairs, parent nights, automated phone calls, and flyers in packets about free and reduced-price lunch. Provide application assistance to families and connect with community partners to link uninsured students with coverage. Access consumer materials from www.healthcare.gov and www.insurekidsnow.gov.

Form partnerships. Find community groups that can help parents complete applications by phone or mail or in person. Connect families with community health centers, health departments, and state Medicaid and CHIP agencies to receive current, reliable information. Allow parent use of school computer labs to apply electronically.

Sustain your efforts. Develop districtwide plans to link uninsured children with health coverage as part of ongoing school district operations, not a onetime deal. 

 

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