Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Community Health Services Celebrates the Second Anniversary of Funding to Help Get Kids Enrolled in Health Coverage!

Commerce City, CO (February 7, 2011) – 2011 marks the second year of the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) that is aimed at improving children’s access to health care and improving the quality of children’s health care.

Commerce City’s own Community Health Services (CHS) received funding from the CHIPRA grant to hire an enrollment specialist/financial screener whose purpose is to work within Adams County School District 14 to get eligible but un-enrolled children signed up for Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+). CHS employs two full-time screeners working within the local community to get children covered by public health insurance in order to increase their access to health care. Last year, CHS completed over 600 applications to enroll more than 1,000 children in Medicaid and CHP+.

CHS is conducting outreach and financial screening opportunities throughout the year at multiple locations including District 14 schools, Derby Resource Center, and other community organizations, to name a few. At these events, CHS financial screeners will walk families through the applications for Medicaid, CHP+ or the CHS sliding fee scale. As a presumptive eligibility site, CHS is able to get children covered the same day the application is completed. CHS screeners are also able to help families by identifying other resources that may be of assistance.

For more information or to make an appointment for Medicaid or CHP+ enrollment assistance, call Bobbi Garcia-Abrego at 303-853-3280 or Isabel Garcia at 303-286-0562. You may also wish to visit the CHS website at www.chskidshealth.org.

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