Program Staff Visit WV Healthy Kids Coalition
from the Covering Kids and Families National Program Office
visited Charleston on August 28, 29 and 30 to discuss progress
on insuring children through WVCHIP and Medicaid. West Virginia
has made great progress in providing health care coverage
through WVCHIP and Medicaid. According to a recent survey,
more than 94 percent of all West Virginia children have health
insurance coverage. Another 3 percent are eligible for CHIP
or Medicaid but not enrolled.
Marchetti and Judi Cramer of the National Program Office complimented
the Healthy Kids Coalition for the work of the Coalition and
its local outreach projects in getting children covered. They
urged the Coalition to continue to work within the current
system to simplify and coordinate CHIP and Medicaid as much
as possible. One of the goals of the Coalition, for example,
is to have the same card for both programs.
Covering Kids and Families Program works in almost every state
and is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).
West Virginia has a grant for $700,000 to work on getting
children covered and simplifying and coordinating state health
care programs for children. With support from RWJF, the Claude
Worthington Benedum Foundation, and the Sisters of Saint Joseph
Charitable Fund, and designated federal dollars, the Healthy
Kids Coalition, the West Virginia Primary Care Association,
and the Governors Cabinet on Children and Families have
established local outreach programs in every county.
next regular meeting of the WVHKC is scheduled for 1:00-3:00
P.M. on Wednesday, October 16, 2020 at the WV Hospital Association
office in Charleston. The Outreach Coordinators are meeting
at 10:00-12:00 A.M. the same day.
Events Increase Calls
the month of August 2002, the number of calls to 1-877-KIDS-NOW
reached a record-setting 89,819, bringing the total number
of calls to more than 1 million since the hotline was launched
in February 1999. The Health Resources and Services Administration
(HRSA), which maintains the toll-free line and a related website
at www.insurekidsnow.gov, attributes much of the increase
to the national Covering Kids Back-to-School campaign, which
was initiated with a national press conference in Washington,
DC, on August 1.
to Joy Kauffman of HRSA's Office of Field Operations, this
year's call volume was nearly 100 percent higher than calls
to the hotline during the same period last year. Kudos to
all Covering Kids projects whose efforts contributed to this
successful effort. The WVHKC participated in a big way in
this national effort with Governor Wise going door-to-door
in many communities; the outreach coordinators hold more than
40 events throughout the state to promote the enrollment of
children in to the CHIP and Medicaid programs.
Moving to an Internet Application Process
RAPIDS/Deloitte Staff held a kick-off meeting to announce
a new project designed to support self-service applications
over the Internet for CHIP/PWC services. This new e-application
is called 'inROADS' (Information Network for Resident On-Line
Access and Delivery of Services). The inROADS technical architecture
will be based on the Pennsylvania COMPASS, which is an online
application that is evolving into a single point of access
for social services.