Boosting Outreach to Get Families Covered

Alameda Health Consortium (AHC) is one of 38 organizations in the nation to be selected for the Connecting Kids to Coverage campaign. The initiative will boost AHC’s strategic outreach to support enrollment and retention of children and their parents eligible for Medi-Cal and help families renew their coverage. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) authorized the awards aimed to build on the historic progress already made increasing the number of children with health coverage.

“We have a very effective team of Certified Enrollment Counselors at our member health centers who are well trained and ready to get the work done to exceed our target goals! This MACRA grant is another opportunity to expand our outreach, enrollment, and retention efforts to make sure our community members have access to health care,” said Njeri McGee-Tyner,  AHC Eligibility and Enrollment Director.

To reach as many children as possible, AHC will strengthen one-on-one application assistance at health centers and other community-based settings in a culturally and linguistically responsive way. Families already enrolled in Medi-Cal will receive targeted education on the importance of retaining health coverage.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it will provide $32 million in awards to help 38 community organizations across the county enroll eligible children as part of the Connecting Kids to Coverage campaign.

In addition to this award, Covered California has awarded AHC an extension to carry out its Navigator Program. Covered California’s Navigator Program is a partnership with community organizations across the state who have experience in reaching California’s diverse populations and have proven success enrolling them in health care programs. Navigators are Certified Enrollment Counselors that assist Consumers through a variety of outreach, education, enrollment, post enrollment, and renewal support services

The Alameda Health Consortium coordinates eligibility and enrollment efforts with community health centers to ensure that patients successfully enroll in Medi-Cal, HealthPAC (Health Program of Alameda County), and other public health coverage programs for which they are eligible. The Alameda Health Consortium’s Eligibility and Enrollment Department provides community health centers with training, resources, and technical support.