ERIC Number: ED461421
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Healthy Children Are Ready To Learn: Promoting Health Insurance for Your Students. A Step-by-Step Guide for School Districts.
Department of Education, Washington, DC.; Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.; Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.
Health problems impede the academic performance of many children. Schools are in a unique position to help their state's Medicaid and children's health insurance programs connect with parents who lack health insurance for their children. This guide provides suggestions for identifying eligible children, informing parents of free or low-cost insurance programs, and referring parents to their state's insurance program. Designed to help school districts participate in the outreach effort, the guide offers plans for several levels of involvement, from supporting the outreach efforts of others to conducting their own campaign. Part 1 of the guide outlines how schools can make health insurance available to students through: (1) distributing information about health insurance for children and adolescents; (2) identifying children who need health insurance; and (3) partnering with other agencies to secure health insurance for students. Part 2 lists resources for finding more information on developing health insurance outreach programs, including state contacts for Medicaid and state children's health insurance programs. Part 3 of the guide contains numerous tools, such as sample letters, tips on implementation, and prototype documents to support a district's selected outreach approach. (KB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Agency Cooperation, Child Health, Children, Elementary Secondary Education, Enrollment, Family School Relationship, Health Insurance, Outreach Programs, Program Descriptions, Program Implementation
Health Care Financing Administration, 7500 Security Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21244-1850 (HCFA Pub. No. 02196). Tel: 410-786-3414; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.insurekidsnow.gov.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC.; Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.; Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Childrens Health Insurance Program