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Psst: For Many Kids, There's a Health Care Secret

June 27, 2007

For many families, it's a secret that shouldn't be kept -- their children may be eligible for public health care, and they don't know it. As Congress and state lawmakers look to expand health care to more kids, Donna Cohen Ross with the Center on Budget and Policy Prioritie says it's vital that Ohio make sure all eligible children get signed up.
Speaking in Ohio today, she says six million children nationwide who could be covered under the current system are not enrolled often because their parents don't know they're eligible, or because enrolling is too complicated.

“Get those children who are currently eligible enrolled in the programs that are available to them, so that they can start getting the health coverage they need and get medical attention.”

She believes Ohio can step up its current outreach efforts in hospitals, government agencies, and community centers and make sure it's easy for families to sign up and renew their coverage for kids.

But, she adds, there is a new roadblock for kids' health coverage -- a rule set last year that requires U.S. citizens to prove their citizenship before receiving Medicaid coverage. Ross reports that has hurt many eligible families and led to delays or even denial of health services.

“They're eligible U.S. citizens, but they may not have their birth certificates and form of identity, and so this has become a real roadblock to health coverage.”

Rob Ferrett/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - OH