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Michael Petruzzelli

, National Council for Behavioral Health

CMS Announces Funding for Outreach Activities to Enroll Children in Medicaid and CHIP

November 19, 2015 | Children and Youth | Medicaid | Comments
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) this week announced $32 million in grant funding to support outreach efforts to families with children eligible for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The program, known as Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment Grant funds, aims to educate the public and enroll children and families in health coverage through Medicaid or CHIP.

CMS expects to award roughly 30 grants, ranging in size from $250,000 to $1 million over a two-year period. Grants would fund efforts to educate families to the availability of affordable coverage under Medicaid and CHIP, identify children likely to be eligible for these programs, and assist families with the application and renewal process.

Institutions eligible to apply include:

  • Federal health safety net organizations
  • Nonprofit organizations including community and faith-based groups
  • State and local governments
  • Schools and school districts
  • Indian tribes and tribal organizations

Letters of intent are due to CMS by December 16, 2015, and applications are due by January 20, 2016. Awards announcements are expected to be made in May, 2016. Learn more about this opportunity here.