All Healthy Children: A School-Based Approach to Children’s Health Coverage
Identify uninsured children and increase school districts’ capacities to link eligible students with the proper health insurance coverage.
Available Now: "Insure All Children": A School-Based Child Health Enrollment and Outreach Toolkit
AASA in partnership with The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) have launched "Insure All Children", an interactive toolkit for school- based child health outreach and enrollment. Read the press release about the launch of the toolkit, where AASA and CDF joined U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King Jr. and the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Sylvia Burwell for a Roundtable discussion on the importance of school-based health enrollment.
The toolkit is supported by The Atlantic Philanthropies. It contains lessons learned from 15 urban, suburban and rural districts. Visit www.insureallchildren.org to explore the toolkit.
|Watch this video featuring AASA's Executive Director Dan Domenech and CDF's President Marian Wright Edelman as they introduce the toolkit and address how all children need to have access to comprehensive, affordable health insurance to succeed in school and in life.
At A Glance
To survive and thrive, all children need access to comprehensive, affordable health coverage that is easy to get and keep. Unmet health and mental health needs can result in children falling behind developmentally and having trouble catching up academically, physically and socially.
According to a 2015 report by the Southern Education Foundation, low income students are now a majority of the schoolchildren attending the nation’s public schools. These students and children of color have inequitable access to health care.
This is why AASA works to ensure all children have access to child-specific health coverage that is affordable for families.
Thanks in large part to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), today, the number of uninsured children is at a historic low, with 3.4 million eligible but still uninsured. More than 88% of the eligible children in the United States are enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP programs.
This means those that remain uncovered are the hardest to reach by virtue of various enrollment and retention barriers, like immigration status.
For the past four years, AASA has been working in partnership with the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) to protect these gains. Our current work is supported by an Atlantic Philanthropies grant. We must not move backward. Instead we must work to expand health coverage for the remaining uninsured children, keep all children enrolled in coverage, and ensure timely access to appropriate care.
- Increase school district capacity to systematically incorporate child health outreach and insurance enrollment into routine school district operations.
- Identify uninsured children in school districts and link eligible students with the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid.
| Sharon Adams Taylor (standing) leads Superintendent Panel. Seated (l-r): H.D. Chambers, Superintendent, Alief Independent School District, Gwen Johnson, Administrator, Houston Independent School District, Rene Gutierrez , Superintendent, Edinburg Independent School District.
- Alief Independent School District (TX)
- Compton Unified School District (CA)
- Edinberg Consolidated School District. (TX)
- El Rancho Unified School District (CA)
- Houston Independent School District (TX)
- Lynwood Unified School District (CA)
- Mountain View School District (CA)
In 2011, AASA was awarded a two-year federal grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to enroll eligible children in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Learn more about our previous work: Out and In: Engaging Schools in Outreach to Insure All Children
News and Updates
Stay up to Date on our work in the Participating School Districts:
- "Obama Administration Encourages Schools and Districts to Enroll Students in Healthcare Coverage through School Registration": A press release from the Department of Education annoucing the launch of CDF/ AASA's new toolkit "Insure All Children." visit www.insureallchildren.org to explore the toolkit.
- AASA Children's Programs in the News: Children’s Health Insurance Initiative Exemplified in the The Healthy Students, Promising Futures Toolkit : The toolkit highlights Mountain View School District (Calif.) as an exemplar on how schools and health departments can collaborate to identify uninsured children and link eligible students with proper health insurance coverage. Read More (January 2016).
View our Resource Library to learn more about Children's Health Insurance.
Sharon Adams-Taylor, Associate Executive Director