Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA): Connecting Kids to Coverage, Outreach and Enrollment Cooperative Agreement
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
The goal of CHIPRA is to educate families on the availability of free or low-cost health coverage under Medi-Cal, identify children likely to be eligible for these programs, and assist families with the application and renewal process.
Health insurance enhances access to health services and provides financial protection against very high unexpected costs. Studies have shown that people without insurance receive less medical care, less timely care, and tend to have worse health outcomes since they are more likely to delay seeking crucial care due to cost. Under the Affordable Care Act, California elected to expand Medi-Cal to more people than ever before. With the passage of SB 75 in May 2015, full-scope Medi-Cal became available and is currently offered to all children, regardless of immigration status, with family incomes up to 266% Federal Poverty Level. The process of applying for health insurance coverage can be challenging for people who are not familiar with how coverage works or the terminology used. There are also language and technology barriers to signing up for coverage. Free, confidential, in-person assistance is available at community health centers to assist with enrollment questions and applications.
Though this program, health centers have dedicated staff who:
- Educate families on the availability of free or low-cost health coverage under Medi-Cal
- Outreach to families with children likely to be eligible for Medi-Cal
Any adults in the community can receive assistance with applying to eligible programs from community health center staff. Children under 19 years of age are eligible for full-scope Medi-Cal benefits regardless of immigration status, if family income is below 266% FPL Assist families with the application and renewal process.
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