WVHKFC Steering Committee
Mary Virginia DeRoo
Shelley explained that UniCare would be moving into the 15
northern states to provide HMO services to families for
Medicaid. HMOs do some outreach but most is done
through a contract.
reported there were 202,000 children enrolled in Medicaid
and CHIP in the last quarter, representing 50 percent of the
children in WV.
Simplification and Coordination:
draft report is available and comments are needed by
November 21st to Renate. There are problems
with children staying enrolled, despite the 12-month
eligibility. We believe there is 25 percent of the
kids who do not re-enroll for the subsequent year and 50
percent do stay in the program for their full 12 months of
eligibility. Webster County will be used to try to determine
the problems the families are experiencing.
Shelley said this is a problem with children currently
enrolled through the HMOs also.
thanked Shelley for getting Brenda Crawford, Policy
Department of the DHHR appointed to the Subcommittee.
Newsletter for December:
suggested that the December newsletter should include
articles from the Charles Walter’s research on
enrollment-Renate to write.
Results of the Benedum grant application (Foundation is
meeting early in December)
Legislative Update on issues affecting children and
Upcoming Legislative Session:
reported that there is a “Cross Coalition” working to put
the issue of children and families before the candidates for
the 2004 election. It was moved and seconded and
approved to support the issues identified in the document
and to have the WVHKC listed on the entities supporting the
Virginia suggested that we do a State Journal article about
reported on a health fair meeting she attended representing
the WVHKFC. For the last two years, there have been
4-5 regional health fairs put on in conjunction with Pfizer,
PEIA, Medicaid and other local groups. Depending on
funding availability, the WVHKFC will participate also.
Steering Committee will meet at 10:00-12:00 on 2003 Quarrier
Street on January 7, 2004