Communications - Press Room
For Immediate Release:August 1, 2020
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Do Your Kids Have Health Care Coverage?
Back-to-School Enrollment Drive Targets Uninsured Kids
(Parkersburg, WV) Before the school year begins, the West
Virginia Healthy Kids Coalition (WVHKC) is launching its
annual Back-to-School enrollment drive to encourage parents
with uninsured children to put enrolling for CHIP or
Medicaid at the top of their back-to-school checklists.
"Kids who have health care coverage are better prepared to
learn in school," said Governor Bob Wise. "That’s why
enrolling uninsured children in CHIP or Medicaid should be a
top priority for parents as they prepare to send their kids
back to school. The coverage offered through CHIP or
Medicaid means health security for kids and peace of mind
There are 28,371 children (6.6 percent) in West Virginia on
any given day without health insurance. At least seventy
four percent (22,000) may be eligible for low-cost or free
health care coverage offered through CHIP or Medicaid. Many
families are not aware that their children may qualify for
coverage. In West Virginia, a family of four can earn up to
$36,200 a year or more and qualify for CHIP or Medicaid.
Eligibility is based on family size and income.
The West Virginia Healthy Kids Coalition and its partners
will be stepping up their efforts to increase the number of
children enrolled in CHIP and Medicaid starting August 1 and
continuing through September 31st. There are over 30
outreach and enrollment events planned throughout the state
for families. These efforts are part of a nationwide
Back-to-School enrollment drive launched by Covering Kids, a
national initiative to connect uninsured children with
low-cost and free health care coverage programs in all 50
states and the District of Columbia.
There are more than 8 million uninsured children in the
U.S., yet MOST of them are eligible for low-cost or free
children’s health care coverage through the State Children’s
Health Insurance Program and Medicaid.
Children enrolled in CHIP and Medicaid will receive benefits
such as doctor visits, dental care, and hospitalization.
"The comprehensive coverage offered through CHIP helps to
keep my kids healthy," said Cindi Sampe, a mother from Wood
County whose six children are currently enrolled in CHIP. My
husband’s company folded and we found ourselves without
health insurance for us and for our kids. CHIP gives us the
peace of mind that an accident with one of the kids will not
cause us to lose our house or go bankrupt. I encourage all
parents who do not have health care insurance for their
children to apply."
Kids with health care coverage are better prepared to learn
- MOST children in America’s classrooms who are uninsured
are eligible for low-cost or free children’s health
- Parents of uninsured children are seven times more likely
to be forced to delay or not get medical care for their kids
than parents whose children have health insurance.
- Uninsured children are less likely to receive proper
medical care for sore throats, earaches, and asthma—common
childhood illnesses that are often the cause of school
To find out if your child is eligible for low cost or free
health care coverage, call toll-free 1-877-WVA-CHIP