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Do Your Part to Enroll Eligible Children in SCHIP

9/6/2006:   The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently kicked off its Covering Kids & Families' Back to School Campaign, a nationwide effort to enroll eligible children in public coverage programs during the back-to-school season. Covering Kids & Families has benefited from the work of coalitions in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, with members representing more than 5,500 organizations. CWLA is a partner in the campaign.

More than 8 million children are uninsured in the United States, and many are eligible for low-cost or free health coverage through Medicaid or the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). The Covering Kids & Families website makes it easy to join efforts to enroll eligible, uninsured children and families in low-cost and free health care coverage. Free toolkits, promotional materials, and videos are downloadable from the site. Information on ideas for back-to-school events and activities are also available.

Also on the site is a new report released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation--The State of Kids' Coverage. The report shows the number of uninsured children has decreased by 2 million since the creation of SCHIP and recent expansions in public programs. During the same period, the number of uninsured Americans increased by nearly 5 million people.

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