Cities have a vested interest in expanding health access for children and families. When families have health insurance, the burden on hospital emergency rooms is reduced, families avoid financial crisis resulting from medical debt, children are healthier and have greater academic achievement, and parents take less time off work to care for sick kids. Connecting families to health insurance is good local governance.
Cities Expanding Health Access for Children and Families Initiative (CEHACF)
With support from The Atlantic Philanthropies, NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families is helping local leaders connect families to health insurance through the Cities Expanding Health Access for Children and Families (CEHACF) initiative. Cities involved with this initiative receive funding and technical assistance to design and implement outreach campaigns to enroll children and families in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
The initiative launched in June 2013 with two regional leadership academies that provided 23 city teams in-depth trainings and peer learning opportunities on how to develop strategic, cross-sector, and data-based outreach campaigns. At the end of 2013, NLC selected 12 of the cities that participated in a leadership academy to receive more intensive technical assistance, peer-learning opportunities, and up to $30,000 each in pass-through grants to develop outreach campaign business plans.
In July 2014, NLC selected eight of the 12 cities (highlighted in the map above) that developed outreach campaign business plans to receive up to $260,000 each in pass-through funding over the next two years, as well as additional technical assistance to implement their outreach campaigns.