Cities Expanding Health Access for Children and Families: A Municipal Action Guide
City leaders know their cities thrive when their residents are healthy and financially secure. Health insurance coverage, whether through the private market or government-sponsored programs such as Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) offers the opportunity for families to build both good health and economic security. Whether in large cities or small towns, municipal leaders play key roles in connecting residents to the help they need. There are many tools accessible to city leaders to help them connect their residents to the public health insurance coverage for which they are eligible.
Through the Cities Expanding Health Access for Children and Families (CEHACF) project, the National League of Cities’ Institute for Youth, Education, and Families worked closely with eight cities to explore the role that city leaders and agencies can play in increasing awareness of, and enrollment in, Medicaid and CHIP. CEHACF cities developed and implemented outreach and enrollment campaigns resulting in over 23,000 completed applications, 20,000 enrollments, and 5,300 renewals.
This Municipal Action Guide features some of the creative and successful strategies used by CEHACF cities to educate and generate awareness of Medicaid and CHIP program eligibility, as well as efforts to provide enrollment and renewal assistance to residents.