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Accept the Challenge: Enrolling All Kids Into Coverage

Accept the Challenge: Enrolling All Kids Into Coverage

September 8, 2010

Kids Coverage Phonathon September 29Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced “The Secretary’s Challenge: Connecting Kids to Coverage,” a campaign that will challenge federal officials, governors, mayors, community organizations, tribal leaders and faith-based organizations to enroll uninsured children who are eligible for Medicaid or CHIP but are not enrolled.

In response to the Secretary’s challenge, the got coverage? Health Coverage For Kids and Teens campaign is launching the got coverage? Massachusetts Three-Week Challenge to enroll the remaining 32,000 uninsured children and teens living in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts was ranked second nationally in the new report on kids enrollment. The children's health coverage participation rate for Massachusetts is 95.2 percent, falling just behind the District of Columbia with 95.4 percent. Despite the successes, there is still work to be done in Massachusetts and we can increase the participation rate of children in health coverage and become number one.

The got coverage? Massachusetts Three-Week Challenge will culminate in a day-long phonathon on September 29th from 9 am to 9 pm. On the day of the Phonathon, families can call the Health Care For All’s Helpline at 1-800-272-4232 and sign up their children over the phone for Free or Low-Cost Health Coverage. ALL children under the age of 18 are eligible for health coverage.

During the next three weeks organizations across Massachusetts are being asked to join this challenge and promote the phonathon. We have flyers and postcards in English, Spanish and Portuguese about the event that we can send mail to you for free. You can join this challenge by sending an email to Dayanne Leal at leal@hcfama.org or calling 617-275-2932.