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Savannah to receive grant, aims to cut in half number of uninsured children

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The National League of Cities (NLC) has selected Savannah as one of 12 cities that will receive technical assistance and rant funding to conduct a six-month planning process to increase access to health insurance coverage for children and families.

Through the "Cities Expanding Health Access for Children and Families initiative," Step Up Savannah, Inc. on behalf of the City, will receive a 30,000 grant and practical guidance to develop a plan for a city-led outreach campaign to enroll children and families in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (known in Georgia as PeachCare). The Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council will be co-leading the planning process.

In a news release, Step Up's director Daniel Dodd-Ramirez stated, "Mayor Edna Jackson is committed to cutting the number of uninsured children and teenagers in our city." Dodd-Ramirez also states that, "The Mayor would like to see a 50% decrease in uninsured children and families in Savannah and Chatham County, reducing the number of uninsured children (0-17) from approximately 5,161 (8.6%) to 2,580 (4.3%) over a period of two years."

NLC will provide cities with customized assistance, access to best practices and national experts, and opportunities for peer learning as they develop a business plan. Emphasis will be placed on cross-community collaboration among city agencies, school districts, hospitals and clinics and other community-based organizations. In Savannah, key team members will also include representatives of the Chatham County Health Department, the Department of Community Health, the City's Human Resources department, the Chatham County Department of Family and Children Services, and Youth Futures Authority, among others.

During the final phase of its initiative, NLC will select six out of the 12 planning grant cities to receive an additional grant of up to $260,000 over two years and offer continued technical assistance for implementation of the health insurance outreach business plan developed during the planning process.

The target population for the Mayor's campaign will generally be uninsured kids and families that are potentially eligible for Medicaid and PeachCare. Sub-populations that will be given special focus are: (i) older youth (12-18) (ii) the City/County's Hispanic and Asian populations and (iii) families previously on Medicaid and PeachCare who require re-enrollment assistance.

NLC's Institute for Youth Education and Families is coordinating this initiative as part of a multi-year effort to increase access to health care for children and families funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies.

Other cities selected to receive planning grants through this initiative include:

 

  • Aurora, Colo.;
  • Columbia, Pa.;
  • Dallas, Texas;
  • Garden City, Mich.;
  • Hattiesburg, Miss.;
  • Houston, Texas;
  • Jacksonville, Fla.;
  • New Bedford, Mass.;
  • Omaha, Neb.;
  • Pittsburg, Pa.; and
  • Providence, R.I.

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