Many children have fallen behind on routine well-child visits and receiving recommended vaccines due to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 public health emergency. Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) cover vaccinations, child screenings, and other essential routine healthcare services for kids and teens up to age 19 to stay protected when they go back to in-person learning. In this webinar, Shannon Stokley, DrPH, MPH, Associate Director for Science, Immunization Services Division, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), discussed current data on childhood vaccinations and national outreach programs that can help children and teens catch up on missed care. Two of CMS’ HEALTHY KIDS (Helping Ensure Access for Little Ones, Toddlers and Hopeful Youth by Keeping Insurance Delivery Stable Act) grantees also presented strategies and tips to promote routine health outcomes among children. Campaign resources organizations can use in outreach and enrollment efforts to promote routine health and vaccinations year-round, including social media posts and graphics, newsletter articles and text messages, were featured. All resources discussed in this webinar can be found on InsureKidsNow.gov.
Blood Lead Screenings
October 24 – 30, 2021 is Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. About 3.3 million American families have children under 6 years of age at risk of exposure to lead. Medicaid and CHIP cover blood lead screening tests for children. Families and Campaign partners can get more information here: CDC - National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week