Today's Date: July 1, 2022
Eight Ameriprise Financial Advisors Named to the Barron’s Top 100 Women Financial Advisors List   •   New Survey Reveals Lack of Knowledge among U.S. Women about Uterine Health, Including Fibroid Symptoms and Treatment Options   •   NCCI Golf Event Generates $25,000 for Kids' Chance of America Scholarships   •   Equitable Bank Releases Inaugural ESG Performance Report   •   Cinemark Brings the Ultimate Cinematic Experience to Riverton with Mountain View Village Theatre Now Open   •   Citizens for Judicial Fairness and Reverend Al Sharpton Applaud Nomination of Justice Tamika Montgomery-Reeves to Third Circuit   •   Tractor Supply Company Celebrates Service Members With Nationwide Discount on the Fourth of July and Announces Grant Donation fo   •   Wan Bridge Launches Georgetown Heights, its First Build-To-Rent Community in Central Texas   •   Closing the Health Disparity Gap for Black Women   •   Xfinity Stream app Launches on Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD   •   Four recipients of the 2022 Awards of Excellence in Nursing announced from Indigenous Services Canada   •   Mia Becar to Launch Equity Crowdfunding Campaign   •   RNR Tire Express Surprises Tampa-Area Woman with New Car in Mother's Day Giveaway   •   Mrs. Flowers Takes the Helm at Comfort Home Care, Rockville, MD   •   Global Surrogacy Services Announces Outreach to Potential Gestational Surrogates in Three Southwestern States   •   Tracey Hayes from MicroAge Named on CRN's 2022 Women of the Channel Power 70 Solution Providers List   •   EA SPORTS™ F1® 22 Launches Worldwide Today   •   VNA Health Care Discusses the Importance of Mammography and Cervical Cancer Screenings   •   Checkmarx' Ana Lucia Amaral Honored as a CRN 2022 Woman of the Channel   •   Five Bluum Standouts Honored on CRN 2022 Women of the Channel List
Bookmark and Share

CA Misses Out On Medicaid Funding

LOS ANGELES - The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced $206 million in awards to 15 states that were able to significantly boost children’s enrollment in Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California). Unfortunately, California will not receive any award money.

The federal Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 set up two conditions for earning these performance bonuses: 1) streamlining the enrollment process, by enacting at least five of eight specific strategies, and 2) meeting ambitious targets for increasing enrollment.

California has met the first requirement but not the second. According to an analysis from the Department of Health Care Services, children’s enrollment is approximately 24,000 short of the targeted goal. Because the state didn’t meet the target, officials did not even apply for the federal award.

It’s a shame that California is on the “naughty” and not the “nice” list. California forfeited millions of dollars in federal funding to other states—sorely needed funds that could have helped provide critical health insurance for California’s children. The winning states face tough budgets just like California does , but they recognized that in hard times it is more important than ever to cover uninsured kids, and the federal government rewarded that commitment.

an estimated 1.5 million uninsured Californian children; at least 700,000 of those children are already eligible for state coverage programs, but not yet enrolled. (A county-by-county chart of uninsured, enrolled, and eligible children is available atwww.100percentcampaign.org/publications.) California must do a better job of getting the word out to parents and providing health coverage for eligible children.

The 15 states that received bonuses took aggressive steps to find the eligible children through active outreach and marketing. California has taken significant steps to ease the enrollment process, but there are too many families that aren’t aware that affordable coverage is available for their children. Unfortunately, effective outreach programs have fallen victim to state budget cuts in recent years.

Children’s advocates across the state joined in a “Health for the Holidays” campaign, publicizing a hotline at 1-877-KIDS-NOW to help parents enroll eligible children. Children in families with income up to roughly $46,000 annually (for a family of three) can qualify for affordable insurance. But the state needs to use its megaphone to get the word out to parents, too.

We know that California can do better. Children’s advocates look forward to working with Governor-elect Brown and his incoming administration to ensure California is doing all it can to provide children with critical health coverage—including taking advantage of every opportunity for federal funding.

 


STORY TAGS: GENERAL, BLACK NEWS, AFRICAN AMERICAN NEWS, LATINO NEWS, HISPANIC NEWS, MINORITY NEWS, CIVIL RIGHTS, DISCRIMINATION, RACISM, DIVERSITY, RACIAL EQUALITY, BIAS, EQUALITY

Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News