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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Connecting Kids to Coverage HEALTHY KIDS AI/AN

Deadline: August 19, 2019

The Connecting Kids to Coverage HEALTHY KIDS AI/AN program will support innovative outreach strategies aimed at increasing the enrollment and retention of eligible American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) children in Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program), emphasizing activities tailored to communities where AI/AN children and families reside, and enlisting tribal and other community leaders and tribal health and social services programs that serve eligible AI/AN children and families. Engagement with the tribal community is important because AI/AN families are sometimes reluctant to enroll in Medicaid and CHIP because they can receive health care directly from their local tribal hospitals and clinics. However, when AI/AN families enroll in Medicaid and CHIP, the entire tribal community benefits from increased access to care. When AI/AN children and families sign up for Medicaid and CHIP, the Indian health hospitals and clinics can bill these programs for services provided. This brings money into the health care facility which is then used to hire more staff, pay for new equipment, and renovate buildings. When AI/AN children and families enroll in Medicaid and CHIP, they are not only helping themselves, but they are supporting their Indian health hospital and clinics.

These cooperative agreements will also support outreach strategies similar to those conducted in previous Connecting Kids to Coverage (CKC) grant cycles, such as activities designed to help families understand application procedures and health coverage opportunities in Medicaid and CHIP. All funded projects should incorporate both initial application and renewal assistance into their proposed activities. Based on past experiences of successful enrollment of AI/AN families, applications should also incorporate providing one-on-one assistance to families seeking to enroll their children in health coverage or linking families with groups or individuals in the community who are trained to provide such direct application assistance. As with previous rounds of cooperative agreements, grantees will also be required to participate in key outreach initiatives coordinated by the Connecting Kids to Coverage National Campaign (the National Campaign). The National Campaign provides outreach training and support for grantees and other partners who are working to help enroll eligible children in Medicaid and CHIP.

Amount: Approximately $6,000,000 is available to make 8-10 awards ranging from $250,000-$750,000 for a project period of 36 months.

Eligibility: Indian Health Service (IHS) providers; Tribes and Tribal organizations operating a health program under a contract or compact with the Indian Health Service under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDEAA); and urban Indian organizations operating a health program under the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA).

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=318502

Note: August 19, 2019 is the deadline to submit a mandatory Letter of Intent. The full application deadline is September 16, 2019.

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