NLC President Chris Coleman to Speak on Webinar about Connecting Children and Families to Health Insurance

July 21, 2014

By Chuan Teng

Join NLC President Chris Coleman, Mayor of Saint Paul, Minn., along with Cindy Mann, Deputy Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, to hear insights on how city leaders can develop outreach strategies to connect children and families to health insurance.

NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education and Families (YEF Institute) will be hosting the webinar on July 29, 2014 from 2 to 3:15 p.m. ET. 

When children have health insurance, they enjoy better health throughout childhood, demonstrate greater academic performance and are less reliant on emergency health care services. Families lacking health insurance not only miss out on important preventative care, but are forced to rely on expensive emergency services that frequently plunge families into financial crisis and lead to significant cost burdens for cities.

Access to Medicaid and CHIP is critical to curbing preventable disease and helping families avoid financial crises resulting from unaffordable medical bills. Cities can play an important role in connecting children and families with Medicaid and CHIP.

The webinar will also include a review of new research by Matt Buettgens from the Urban Institute on how American cities benefit when more residents have health insurance. Finally, the webinar will share highlights from NLC’s Cities Expanding Health Access for Children and Families initiative, which recently selected eight cities to receive grants and technical assistance to implement city-led outreach and enrollment campaigns.

Register here.

For additional information on the CEHACF initiative, contact Chuan Teng at (202) 626-3041 or teng@nlc.org or Dawn Schluckebier at (202) 626-3040 or schluckebier@nlc.org. Detailed outreach campaign profiles for each city awarded and implementation grant will be posted on NLC’s webpage in fall 2014.