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July/August 2004

Back to School 2004
   Before the school year begins, the WVHKFC is launching it’s annual Covering Kids and Families Back to School Campaign to encourage parents with uninsured children to put enrolling them in WVCHIP or Medicaid at the top of their Back to School checklist. These efforts are part of a nationwide campaign launched by Covering Kids & Families, a national initiative to connect uninsured children and adults with low-cost and free health care coverage programs in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Covering Kids & Families is a national program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
   This year’s campaign in WV will be held in conjunction with the ‘WV Tax Free Weekend’ beginning August 6, 2020 and will include events held by Community Partners across the state.


Back to School Events in WV
Events for this year’s Back to School Campaign include:

Jackson County- Mission WV Children's Health Fair and Activity Day will be August 14 from 10-2pm on the courthouse lawn in Ripley. Contact Amy Haskins at ahaskins@missionwv.org

Wood County– Wood Co. FRN is planning a Back to School event on Saturday, August 7th from 9:00 to 12:00 Noon at the Park Shopping Center. Froggy 99 will be doing a live remote. Contact Stella Moon at lincs@zzzip.net

Randolph County- Randolph Co. FRN will be setting up a booth at the National KidsDay Celebration on Aug. 1, 2004 (12-4pm) at River Bend Park in S. Elkins. We will be advertising for CHIP and giving out door prizes from the CHIP booth. Contact Iestyn J. Bright, Coordinator RCFRN, P.O. Box 1172, Elkins, WV 26241, 304-636-4454 or by email at ibright@rcfrn.org

Raleigh County– Raleigh Co. FRN will have a CHIP Information Table at CROSSROADS MALL on Saturday, August 12 from 10am-4pm during "Tax Free Weekend" as well as activities during the Beckley 2004 KIDS CLASSIC FESTIVAL. The week long events start on Sept. 4 and run through September 11 or 12 and will include many events including a parade and fireworks. Contact Fred Cooper at fcooper@wvusports.com for more information.

Check the WVHKFC website calendar for information on more Back to School events as details become available at www.wvhealthykids.org/calendar

It's Important to Educate Families

on Re-enrollment
   Community partners working with the WVHKFC, and others who help to enroll children in CHIP and Medicaid, should make sure that families know that they must re-enroll their children every 12 months.
   Retaining eligible children in WVCHIP and Medicaid has been an important goal for the WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition. In analyzing CHIP data, we have been concerned that some children are losing coverage at the end of their 12 month enrollment period. While some children are dropped from coverage because they age out of the program and others become ineligible because family income increases or employer coverage becomes available, too many miss the deadline for re-enrollment.
   The number of CHIP cases closed at the end of 12 months has ranged between 21 percent and 29 percent in the last eight months. In May 2004, 1,699 CHIP children were due for renewal. Of that number 481 children or 28 percent lost coverage. While in some counties, no children lose coverage in any given month, in others one-third or more lose coverage. Data from May 2004 shows that in five counties 10 percent or less of all CHIP children lost coverage, while 30 percent or more lost coverage in 23 counties.


WVCHIP Needs State Fair Volunteers
   The WV CHIP office needs your help! For the past several years, WVCHIP has exhibited at the WV State Fair. This year’s State Fair will be held August 13-22. This is a great opportunity to see thousands of people over the course of 10 days and share information about free and low cost health insurance available for children. Due to the magnitude of this event, it is imperative that the WVCHIP State Office have help covering the exhibit during the fair to make it a huge success. The responsibilities of each volunteer would be to arrive about 15 minutes prior to your shift, hand out CHIP literature and promotional items, engage people in conversation about WVCHIP and refer people to resources (helpline, Primary Care clinics, DHHR, WVinROADS) when appropriate. Also, there will be a free drawing for fair attendees at the booth.
   Not only would you be helping to further promote WVCHIP, but you can participate in fun activities while you are not working your shift. Some of the free activities include: Big Bear Show, Batman Heroes, Grandpa Cratchet, Comedy Safari, Rhinestone Ropers with Lucky Joe Trick Horse, Hambone Racing, General Lee * Dukes of Hazard and Rosco's Police Cruiser, Motorsports Showcar & Simulator, plus many more. the many exhibits and vendors. There are also Grandstand Evening Concerts (You must purchase ticket unless indicated FREE) which include: Lynyrd Skynard, Beatles Mania Experience (FREE), Nashville Star Night, Lonestar, and George Jones just to name a few. Plus Great Food, Arcade Games, Bingo, WV Lottery Wheel and the Carnival
   Bring your family or a friend and have fun while helping a great cause! If you are traveling a long distance, WVCHIP will take care of your hotel room and a travel stipend. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Pam Gunter, WVCHIP Community Relations Director at (304) 558-6633 (voice) or by email at

Voter Registration Van Coming to a Site Near You.  Can you Help?

   Every Child Matters in West Virginia is putting children and children’s issues in the front row seats of democracy. They are making children a priority in American and West Virginia politics by raising the visibility of children and family issues to the voting public and political candidates, and promoting investments in their well being. Every Child Matters WV is gearing up for a voter registration campaign and soon will have the “I’m Voting for Kids” van on the road in West Virginia.
   Every Child Matters is looking for places to schedule the van for high visibility voter registration activity throughout the Mountain State. The goal is to register 5000 new voters for kids. We all know kids can’t vote and we, as children’s advocates, need to speak, vote and work to represent them. The impact of our silence is damaging: children’s issues are routinely elbowed off the table by stronger interests.
   Every Child Matters believes many citizens who are either not registered to vote, or do not vote, would do so if they thought it would help children. We need to be asking ourselves and the candidates, “Who is for Kids and who is just kidding?”
If you would like to help, contact Every Child Matters in West Virginia in Charleston at 304-345-6349. Tom LaPointe will be happy to hear from you. Or contact Tom LaPointe via e-mail tlapointe@everychildmatters.org or visit our web site www.everychildmatters.org and go to the West Virginia link.

2004 Flood Assistance
   For the recent new flooding of 2004, Federal and State disaster recovery officials encourage citizens to apply for disaster assistance by calling the toll-free application number 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Persons who are hearing or speech impaired can apply by calling a special TTY number: 1-800-462-7585.
   The timeliness of ‘signing up’ with FEMA is essential. If you know of anyone in your area that has experienced flood damage encourage them to call FEMA as soon as possible.
   Once the FEMA process is completed and the agency leaves the state, the next step is follow-up contacts to those identified by FEMA by case workers who are part of a project of VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters). The caseworkers assist with the long term recovery process and dealing with remaining unmet needs (which, after the FEMA process was completed, in 2003 totaled over $3 million and will probably be higher for the 2004 survivors).

WV Journalist Wins Award
   Congratulations to Kate Long. Kate recently won the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism for her series “Everybody at Risk," published in the Sunday Gazette-Mail last year. Kate's articles described the harm inflicted by skyrocketing medical insurance cost on both ordinary West Virginians and employers. Judges ranked her writing the best in any
U.S. newspaper under 150,000 circulation. Among other health care issues, Kate has been important in helping the public and policymakers understand the value of WVCHIP and Medicaid.

Outstanding Outreach

   Across the state, partners of the WVHKFC are working hard to promote CHIP and Medicaid enrollment. A few of the outstanding outreach ideas are as follows:
   Randolph Co. FRN hosted a physician’s office managers meeting to inform staff of the formation of their area CHIP coalition. State CHIP officials gave a presentation and answered questions regarding CHIP, handed out CHIP informational packets along with a variety of CHIP paraphernalia. A door prize was given as another incentive to attend.
   Mission WV, in collaboration with the Jackson County Connect Child Care Office passed out goodie bags to every child in day care in Jackson County, which totals roughly 800 children. The TRAILS van driver volunteered to drop all of the bags off at each site on the outskirts of the county. In each bag the children receive a coloring book, an immunization chart, a toothbrush, magnet, sticker, the informational flyer that includes the new income guidelines, a WIC flyer, a short note regarding the upcoming Activity and Health Fair Day in August, as well as a pack of crayons.
   McDowell Mission/ Dove Learning Center held an Aloha Luau to bid the school year good-bye with parents and friends as well as staff and tutors attending the festivities. Fun, games, and refreshments were enjoyed and treat bags included WVCHIP materials for parents to review at home.
   Wood Co. FRN hosted a Bike Rodeo and Safety Fair at St. Joseph’s Hospital. First through sixth grade students attended this safety event. Approximately 8,000 students received a flyer and Results Radio advertised this event via PSAs and news stories. Results Radio (WXIL) provided live remote and promoted CHIP one-liners throughout the event.

WV Healthy Kids and Families Coalition
Next WVHK&FC Meetings:

August 4, 2004

Steering Committee Meeting 10:00-12:00

2003 Quarrier St, Charleston, WV 25311


August 18, 2004
Community Partners Meeting 10:00-12:00
Full Coalition 1:00-3:00
John XXIII Pastoral Center

Hodges Rd, Charleston, WV 25314


September 1, 2004

Steering Committee Meeting 10:00-12:00

2003 Quarrier St, Charleston, WV 25311


September 8, 2004
Gubernatorial Forum 10:00-12:00
John XXIII Pastoral Center

Hodges Rd, Charleston, WV 25314




West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition

2003 Quarrier St., East

Charleston, WV 25311

(304) 345-6349  (304) 345-6620-fax

Renate E. Pore

(304) 345-6349


Julie Greathouse

(304) 345-6349





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