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May 2003 Newsletter

Next WVHK&FC Meetings:

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

June 18

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






May 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

CHIP Board Approves Prevention Summer 2003" Campaign

As part of WV CHIP's Back-to-School Campaign, the agency will be offering physicians, dentists, optometrists, ophthalmologists and opticians a higher reimbursement fee from May 15-September 30, 2020 on preventive services.

About 33% of CHIP members have never made an appointment for preventive health services. WV CHIP is optimistic that between providers, outreach workers, community service organizations and other individuals that the program will have 100% of its enrollment ĺprevention consciousÇ.

In addition, a prevention mailer was sent to CHIP members encouraging their participation in getting their children ready for school by making an appointment with their doctors.

Learn more about the WV CHIP Prevention Summer 2003 Campaign and how you can help promote this message to families at the next Healthy Kids and Families Coalition Meeting on May 21, 2020 from 1:00 to 3:00.

WV Legislature Approves Full Funding for WVCHIP

The State Legislature appropriated $7.2 million this year to fully fund WVCHIP through June 30, 2020. The funding will pay for health care and dental services for thousands of West Virginia children over the next year. The Healthy Kids and Families Coalition urges parents, health care providers and all those, who care about health care for kids, to express their appreciation to the Legislature.

The Legislature faced tough budget decisions and big deficits this year, consequently their action for CHIP and Medicaid is especially appreciated by the Coalition. Let your local legislator know that you care about health care for kids and appreciate their action.

CHIPPY Goes to Law School

Virginia's popular CHIP outreach mascot, CWest HIPPY, recently traveled to Boston at the request of Northeastern Law School students.

Northeastern students were studying the effectiveness of CHIP outreach programs for the National Health Law Program (NHeLP). In their research they found that West
Virginia was especially successful and contacted Pam Gunter, WVCHIP
Marketing Director, to ask if they could use CHIPPY in their presentation.
The presentation was a success and CHIPPY was appreciated by all (and gave a lot of people a great laugh). The National Health Law Program thought that
having such a mascot was a great outreach idea said they would keep it in
mind when recommending "best practices."

State Pilots Electronic Application Process

Beginning in May, six pilot counties will be able to submit the CHIP/Medicaid application for children on line. These counties include: Mason, Mercer, Hancock, Marshall, Randolph, and Tucker Counties.

Community partners including primary care centers, school nurses, FRNÇs and others will be able to help families submit an on-line application. Documentation of income will still have to be mailed.

When the system is fully implemented, it should be a big help in addressing the problem of lost applications.

Marshall University Will Pilot Presumptive Eligibility for WVCHIP

The State CHIP office is working with Marshall University School of Medicine to pilot presumptive eligibility. Presumptive eligibility means that health care providers will be able to declare children eligible for CHIP and there will be no waiting period to receive services. The application must still be submitted to DHHR for final approval. Even if a provider has made a mistake and the child turns out not to be eligible for CHIP, the provider will still be paid. The pilot program will give the State information to decide if this approach is feasible for statewide adoption.


WV CHIP Awarded Additional Funding for Services

As West Virginia was one of 15 states to use its entire Federal allotment for FFY 2000, it will be allowed to draw down additional federal funds from the pool of SCHIP funds left unspent from other states.

A maximum allowable draw down of $18.8 million dollars will be available for use through September 30, 2003.

This award is a ĺone-time bonusÇ which is separate from the stateÇs regular annual allotment and can only be used for services rendered through the end of September.

WVCHIP will use some of these funds to promote prevention and dental access through itÇs Prevention Summer 2003 Campaign and to work with community partners and health providers to promote health screening, anti-tobacco and other wellness events throughout the campaign.





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