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Health Care For All To Hold Phone-a-Thon To Enroll Children into Health Coverage
September 20, 2010

Four years after health reform, 32,000 children remain uninsured

Health Care For All will hold a Phone-a-Thon at its offices Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. to enroll children in MassHealth, the state’s Medicaid program and the Children’s Medical Security Plan. Although Massachusetts and federal law makes all children and teens through age 18  eligible for health insurance coverage, an estimated 32,000 children in Massachusetts remain uninsured but eligible for health coverage.

“There’s no reason why any child or teenager should be without health insurance in Massachusetts,” said Health Care For All Executive Director Amy Whitcomb Slemmer. “Studies show that uninterrupted health care coverage can reduce avoidable hospitalizations for children by 25 percent”. That is one of the reasons why it’s critical that we cover as many children and teens as possible, and it’s why Health Care For All launched its new campaign got coverage? Health Coverage For Kids and Teens.”

The got coverage? Health Coverage For Kids and Teens Phone-a-Thon is a response to Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius’ challenge to federal officials, governors, mayors, and community-based organizations to enroll as many uninsured children as possible into health insurance programs.

Families can reach HCFA’s HelpLine counselors and volunteers on Sept. 29 at 1-800-272-4232 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and enroll their children over the phone for free or low-cost health coverage. It is easy and free to sign up. Counselors and volunteers will be available to speak with families in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

About the got coverage? Health Coverage For Kids and Teens
In 2009, Health Care For All received a grant from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to promote health coverage for children and teenagers. As part of this grant, HCFA launched the got coverage? Health Coverage For Kids and Teens campaign. Our goals are to reduce the numbers of children who are uninsured in Massachusetts, especially among children who are racial and ethnic minorities, including immigrants; increase the numbers of children who retain their coverage in Medicaid or CHIP; and make policy recommendations to improve the overall health care programs offered and a replicable innovative national model for covering hard-to-reach children.

Contact: Dayanne Leal
617-275 2932