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WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition
April 2003 Newsletter

Next WVHK&FC Meetings:

April 16
Steering Committee 10:00-12:00
Governor’s Cabinet Office
May 9
Steering Committee 10:00- 12:00
Governor’s Cabinet Office
May 21
Outreach Training 10:00- 12:00
Full Coalition 1:00-3:00
WV Hospital Association

Contact us:

210 Brooks St., Suite 300Charleston, WV 25301

(304) 558-2397
(304) 558-0596-fax

Julie Greathouse
(304) 558-2397

Charles Blackmon
(304) 558– 1955






April 2003

WV CHIP Enrollment Report– February 2003
The new WV CHIP enrollment report lists the counties with the highest enrollment rates for WV CHIP and Medicaid.

The top 15 counties are:
Harrison– 99.9%
Pendleton– 99.0%
Brooke– 98.5%
Boone– 97.9%
Marshall– 97.5%
Doddridge– 96.4%
Kanawha– 96.4%
Wirt– 96.3%
Ritchie– 96.2%
Marion– 95.9%
Grant– 95.8%
Mason– 95.7%
Braxton– 95.6%
Ohio– 95.6%
Clay– 95.1%

The state average for covered children is 93.4%.

Total CHIP enrollment for February 2003 is 21,168 children and 151, 204 children are covered by

Many DHHR Offices Do Not Accept Faxed Applications
CHIP/Medicaid outreach workers continue to experience frustration in trying to fax the joint Medicaid/CHIP application to local DHHR offices. While state policy encourages the use of fax and other types of electronic applications to speed the application process for CHIP and Medicaid, many local DHHR offices do not accept faxed applications or the documentation necessary to support an application. The good news is that DHHR is moving forward with a computer application to be implemented later this year. Outreach workers are concerned, however, that the computer application will not speed up the process as long as signatures and documentation of income cannot be received through fax but must continue to be provided in person or through snail mail.

County School Nurses Help Spread the Word
County School Nurses throughout the state have been a tremendous asset in enrolling West Virginia’s children in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Partly because of the efforts of the Harrison County Nurses, that county has less than 1% of children without medical insurance. These efforts were recognized at a dinner on March 13 at Oliverio’s Restaurant in Bridgeport. All six nurses attended and were presented with Certificates of Appreciation, signed by Governor Wise and Sharon Carte, Director of WV CHIP. The nurses were pleased that the children of Harrison County are well covered for their health care needs and are encouraged to continue to distribute CHIP/Medicaid information to their students.

Marion County School Nurses have recently taken an active role in CHIP/Medicaid outreach efforts and are undertaking the great task of distributing CHIP/Medicaid information to all 8,000 school children in Marion County. This distribution will coincide with report card distribution probably before the end of this school year.

On behalf of WV CHIP, we would like to express our appreciation for the extra effort of the school nurses throughout our area and across the state.

May Outreach Training Session
The Outreach Committee meeting on May 21, 2020 will be used for a training/refresher session for all outreach

We will discuss the application process and qualifications for WVCHIP, Children’s Medicaid, and Pregnant Woman Medicaid.

The Full Coalition meeting that will follow at 1:00 will include a demonstration of the new
inROADS electronic application process.

We encourage all who are interested to participate. Lunch will be provided. Please respond if you plan to attend. Responses should be directed to:

Julie Greathouse
210 Brooks St., Suite 300
Charleston, WV 25301
(304) 558-2397

New Grant Opportunity
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has announced a new grant for local pilot projects of the Covering Kids and Families Initiative. The grant provides funding of $125,000 for two years to:

(1) Research the experiences of CHIP
and Medicaid families in receiving health care services
(2) Identify barriers to access
(3) Work towards addressing one or two major barriers.

Six pilot projects in West Virginia are eligible to apply for the grant. To date, two of the RWJF funded sites have started the application

Name Change for WVHKC
The West Virginia Healthy Kids
Coalition has expanded its name to reflect the Coalition's increased emphasis and
interest in covering adults. We are now
the WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition.

New and Improved Application Debut on April 1
State outreach workers saw the new and improved joint application for Medicaid and CHIP at a meeting in Charleston on March 19. The two page application is very streamlined and easy to understand. " I think the patients will like it," said Devona Casto from Family Care. Heather White from Cabin Creek Health Center said, "it looks very self-explanatory." To go along with the new application will be an easy-to-read four page guide to Medicaid and CHIP. The guide provides the latest, most-up-to-date income guidelines and deductions calculated into the income threshold. The guide will be helpful both to families and outreach workers.

West Virginians Say "Cover the Uninsured"
West Virginia participated in the national Cover the Uninsured Week, March 10 -16. Cover the Uninsured Week brought together unlikely allies such as the Health Insurance Association of America, the American Medical Association, the AFL-CIO, and the Business Roundtable and hundreds of other national, state and local partners to emphasize the high cost of health care in America and the plight of the uninsured.

In West Virginia, Governor Bob Wise started the week with a town meeting with uninsured families on March 10 in Charleston. Governor Wise and Charleston Mayor, Jay Goldman, proclaimed March 10 - 16 Cover the Uninsured Week in Charleston and in the state.

The Governor also met with business and labor leaders in Wheeling to discuss the issue. In addition, the state and local partners gathered at the capitol carrying blue umbrellas with "Cover the Uninsured" lettering. A health care forum was held at Marshall University and
numerous local health fairs sponsored by local health departments and primary care centers rounded out the week. Good media coverage helped to make West Virginians aware of the gravity of the issue.

The message of Cover the Uninsured Week was aimed at national policy makers asking them to put aside political differences and special interests to solve a long standing American problem that becomes more urgent every day.

List of WV Partners for Cover the Uninsured Week
WV Community Voices Partnership
LifeBridge, Inc.
Valley Health Systems, Inc.
Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council
WV Primary Care Association
Sisters of St. Joseph Charitable Fund
WV Hospital Association
Claude-Worthington Benedum Foundation
WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition
WVU Institute for Health Policy and Research
WV Governor's Cabinet on Children and Families
WV Association of School Nurses
Vested Health, LLC
Mayor and the City of Charleston
American Academy of Family Practitioners, WV
WV Chapter of America Academy of Pediatrics
Healthy Child Care WV
WV Bureau for Public Health
WV Bureau of Senior Services
Partnership of AA Churches
WV Council of Churches
Coalition for WV Children
WV Center for Civic Life
WV Community Action Partnership
WV School Based Health Center Assembly
Family Resource Network Association
Charleston Regional Chamber of Commerce
Communication Workers of America
Center for Rural Health Development
Easter Seals
WV Welfare Reform Coalition
WV Developmental Disabilities Council
United Mine Workers of America



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