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Health Insurance for Every Child

8/3/2004:   More than 8.5 million kids in the United States do not have health coverage. Many of them are eligible for low-cost or free coverage through either the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) or Medicaid, but they are not yet enrolled. Unfortunately, many working parents of children who are eligible for these programs are unaware that low-cost or free coverage is available for their children.

In an effort to change that, CWLA has joined with Covering Kids & Families, a national initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation designed to increase the number of children and adults who benefit from federal and state health coverage programs. Later this summer, Covering Kids & Families will launch its annual Back-to-School Campaign with events in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Public service announcements, media outreach, and corporate and organizational partnerships will get the word out as well.

If you'd like to get involved, The Covering Kids & Families Back-to-School Campaign Action Kit has all the tips and templates you need to participate at any level, whether you want to set up an enrollment event or write a letter to the editor. Free materials are available for you to distribute to potentially eligible families, including fliers and posters urging them to call 877-KIDS-NOW to find out if they are eligible. To review the materials and order some for your organization, visit: www.coveringkidsandfamilies.org/communications/materials/order.

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