Health Benefits Outreach

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Cities Expanding Health Access for Children and Families Initiative (CEHACF)
With support from The Atlantic Philanthropies, NLC's Institute for Youth, Education, and Families worked closely with local leaders to connect their eligible but unenrolled families to coverage through the Cities Expanding Health Access for Children and Families (CEHACF) initiative. Together, the eight project cities connected over 16,000 kids and families to coverage through first-time enrollment or enrollment renewals. Participating cities received grant funding and technical assistance support to design and implement city-led outreach and enrollment campaigns to connect children and families to Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

The initiative launched in June 2013 with leadership academies providing participating cities in-depth trainings and peer learning opportunities on how to develop strategic, cross-sector, and data-based campaigns. Selected cities that participated in the leadership academies received $30,000 planning grants and technical assistance support as they developed business plans for city-led outreach and enrollment campaigns. Eight of those cities received an additional grant to support the implementation of their campaign plans.

Project evaluators, Mathematica Policy Research, produced this project video. Across the eight cities from August 2014 through December 2015, over 16,000 kids and families were connected to coverage through new enrollment (12, 919) or renewal (3,309).