It’s so important for children to get the health care they need, when they need it. That’s why our Connecting Kids to Coverage Campaign is featuring a “year-round enrollment” message. We want families to know that they can apply for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) at any time – there’s no deadline. And, generally, children who are found eligible can enroll and begin getting the health benefits that every child needs.
As a nation, we have made significant progress in reducing the number of uninsured children, and since most uninsured children are eligible for Medicaid or CHIP, enrollment in these programs has been a strong force behind our success. A new Urban Institute analysis of data from the 2013 American Community Survey shows that nationally 88.3 percent of eligible children are enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP. That’s up from less than 82 percent in 2008. What’s more, 22 states and DC have participation rates above 90 percent, demonstrating that we can get even closer to the goal of enrolling all eligible children. The steps states are taking to simplify enrollment and our collective efforts to reach out and enroll eligible children are working. You can find the Medicaid and CHIP participation rate in your state here.
* (May 4, 2015) Information shared By: Vikki Wachino, Director, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services