Connecting Kids to Coverage
CHWs in our Connecting Kids to Coverage initiative provide bilingual information and application assistance for government programs such as Medicaid and CHIP to families with children, pregnant women, the elderly with certain incomes, and people with disabilities.
More than 1 in 5 children who are uninsured in the U.S. live in Texas.1The predominantly Hispanic and Latino communities known as the colonias of the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) have some of the highest child uninsured rates in Texas.1 This due in part to the lack of public services, the ability to afford health care, and the fact that many of their parents’ employers’ health insurance plans don’t cover children.3 Additionally, many Hispanic and Latino families in the RGV are less likely to be aware of any programs available to help pay for insurance due to social factors such as the availability of information and resources in Spanish.4
CHWs in our Connecting Kids to Care initiative provide bilingual information and application assistance for government programs such as Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) to families with children, pregnant women, the elderly with certain incomes, and people with disabilities. Our CHWs are also trained to help families figure out if they qualify and provide guidance on what documents are needed for the application process. Those who qualify receive benefits such as coverage for visits with doctors and dentists, prescription drugs, vaccines, eye exams, hospital care and more.
Colonias in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) have some of the highest child uninsured rates in Texas.1
CHWs conduct outreach and hold educational sessions in schools and work with community centers to identify individuals in need of health coverage.
Community Health Workers are able to provide this support because of their close ties to the community in which they serve. To reach families with children, they conduct outreach and hold educational sessions in schools and work with community centers to identify individuals in need. Providing this support in places that community members trust and are familiar with is a strategy that has been effective as our CHWs helped hundreds of families get approved for assistance every year.
In 2019, CHWs from our Connecting Kids to Care project helped over a hundred individuals with their applications for CHIP and Medicaid. Further, about 1 out of every 2 applications submitted were approved and child applications were approved at nearly 70%.
These successes had a significant impact on the well-being of our participants. Exit surveys show that they felt more empowered and less stressed and depressed after receiving CHW-led services.
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