"Nuestra Salud," an Arizona health partnership, was awarded a $990,920 grant Tuesday to further identify and enroll children eligible for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program, reported the Pima Community Access Program through a press release.
Nuestra Salud, Our Health, reaches out to four counties in Arizona: Maricopa, Pinal, Pima and Santa Cruz. Its mission is to ensure that the, approximately, 1.3 million kids living in these counties continue to gain access to AHCCCS, and two new programs called KidsCare and KidsCare II, which are for a limited number of children who aren't eligible to receive AHCCCS because their household income is too high to qualify.
The health coalition is composed of 15 organizations, including El Rio Community Health Center, who supported the state's Medicaid expansion, recently enforced by Gov. Jan Brewer.
With the grant, the health coalition will be able provide better tools for training staff of health centers whose job is to motivate families to enroll kids, and maintain their enrollment, in the health insurance option that best fits their needs, said the press release.
"The primary goal of Nuestra Salud is to prepare our communities for upcoming changes in the health insurance landscape beginning January 2014 through creative training that is factual, clear, and easily understood," said Michal Goforth, executive diretor of the Pima Community Access Program, in the press release.
The award received Tuesday is part of the $140 million included in the Affordable Care Act and the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009.
A total of $32 million in grants were given to 41 state agencies, community health center centers, school-based organizations and nonprofit groups in 22 states, said Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the Health and Human Services.
Grant came a few weeks after a report ranked Arizona near the bottom in a set of indicators showing children's progress in health and education.