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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2017 American Indian Alaska Native Cooperative Agreements

On June 14, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced $3.7 million in awards for outreach and enrollment efforts. These efforts will be aimed at enrolling American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) children in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). These cooperative agreements will fund activities to reduce the number of American Indian and Alaska Native children eligible for, but not enrolled in, Medicaid and CHIP.

CMS awarded funds to:

  • Indian Health Services providers
  • Tribes and tribal organizations operating a health program under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act
  • Urban Indian organizations receiving funding under the Indian Health Care Improvement Act.

These awards are authorized under the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). The cooperative agreements will help ensure American Indian and Alaska Native children have opportunities to get quality health care services through Medicaid and CHIP.

Summary of the Awards

  • $3.7 million in awards
  • 8 cooperative agreements to organizations in 6 states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Oregon.
  • The cooperative agreements focus on three areas:
    • Engaging schools and tribal agencies in outreach and enrollment activities
    • Incorporating the use of online applications and renewals into outreach and enrollment activities
    • Incorporating Medicaid and CHIP health coverage outreach and enrollment into routine activities and programs administered by tribal agencies and health care providers.