Blood Lead Screenings Available for Families

Did you know that higher blood lead levels are more prevalent among children from racial and ethnic minority groups and children from low-income households? Help inform families that Medicaid and CHIP cover blood lead screening tests for children. Get more information here to share in your community: CDC - Blood Lead Levels in Children.

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2016 Cycle IV Cooperative Agreements

On June 13, 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it will provide $32 million in awards to help 38 community organizations in 27 states enroll eligible children in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as part of the Connecting Kids to Coverage campaign. The awards were authorized under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) Pub. L. 114- are designed to build on the historic progress already made increasing the number of children who have health coverage.

The Connecting Kids to Coverage outreach and enrollment awards support targeted strategies needed to enroll eligible children who do not have health coverage, including application assistance and targeted outreach. Awardees include states, school districts, and local community organizations from across the country in areas where access to health coverage has been lagging, including among American Indians, children with learning disabilities, children living in rural communities, and teens.

Summary of the Awards

  • $32 million in 27 states
  • 38 grants
  • Awarded to states, school districts, and local community organizations from across the country in areas where access to health coverage has been lagging, including among American Indians, children with learning disabilities, children living in rural communities, and teens. The awards will support targeted strategies needed to enroll eligible children who do not have health coverage, including application assistance and targeted outreach.