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HHS, Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services Announces Funding To Enroll Eligible American Indian And Alaska Native Kids In Health Care

$10 Million to go to Outreach and Enrollment

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on April 16 announced grants to 41 health programs operated by the Indian Health Service; tribes and tribal organizations; and urban Indian organizations. The grants will help improve outreach and enrollment of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) uninsured children eligible for, but not enrolled in, their state’s Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Programs (CHIP). On Nov. 19, 2009, the HHS Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, announced the availability of $10 million in grant funding; the application deadline to submit proposals was Jan. 15, 2010.

“There are thousands of uninsured American Indian and Alaska Native children across the country who are eligible for health coverage under Medicaid or CHIP, but not enrolled,” said Secretary Sebelius. “The grants we are awarding today throughout the country will help the health organizations that work closely with these children and their families, develop effective outreach and enrollment strategies.”

The grants awarded today are part of a broader effort to find and enroll uninsured children who are eligible for Medicaid or CHIP but not enrolled. The Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA) set aside $100 million between 2009 and 2013 expressly to help enroll these children, including $10 million specifically to be awarded to Indian health providers. CMS was tasked with awarding available funds to programs that best targeted geographic areas with high rates of eligible but uninsured AI/AN children, many of whom live in some of the most remote and economically depressed areas of our country.

To be eligible for these grants, AI/AN health providers were required to demonstrate credibility with their local tribal and urban Indian communities in conducting outreach and enrollment activities. The grantees will report to CMS those outreach activities found to be the most effective to enroll and retain AI/AN children in Medicaid and CHIP so that CMS can share these practices among all grantees.

“We are glad to know that these grantees will be working in new ways to specifically reach out to American Indian and Alaska Native children and families,” said Cindy Mann, director of the CMS Center for Medicaid and State Operations. “We look forward to working with our new grantees and learning how culturally appropriate outreach activities result in effective enrollment and retention of children and families in Medicaid and CHIP.”

For more information about the outreach and enrollment grants, go to www.cms.hhs.gov/CHIPRA. Questions about the grants may be directed to the CHIPRA grants mailbox AIANCHIPRAOUTREACHGRANTS@cms.hhs.gov. General information about CHIP can be found at www.insurekidsnow.gov.

Grant Awards by State

Program State Funding Eastern Aleutian Tribes, Inc. Ark. $109,675 Kodiak Area Native Association Ark. $192,255 Southcentral Foundation Ark. $94,667 Tucson Area Office Indian Health Service Ariz. $300,000 Native American Community Health Center, Inc. Ariz. $149,441 Lake County Tribal Health Consortium Calif. $132,139 Indian Health Council, Inc. Calif. $300,000 Native American Health Center, Inc. Calif. $300,000 Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians Calif. $140,624 United American Indian Involvement Calif. $300,000 Hunter Health Clinic, Inc. Kan. $300,000 Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) Mass. $261,026 American Indian Health and Family Services of SE Michigan Mich. $300,000 Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Minn. $300,000 Blackfeet Tribe, Po'Ka Project Mont. $300,000 Indian Health Board of Billings, Inc. Mont. $300,000 Cherokee Indian Hospital Foundation N.C. $300,000 Northern Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Neb. $288,404 Pueblo of San Felipe N.M. $129,263 Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Nev. $233,293 Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California Nev. $201,219 Seneca Nation of Indians N.Y. $280,994 Cherokee Nation Okla. $300,000 Indian Health Care Resource Center of Tulsa, Inc. Okla. $300,000 Northeastern Tribal Health System Okla. $290,790 Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Okla. $300,000 Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma Okla. $149,163 Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest Ore. $278,579 Warm Springs Health and Wellness Center Ore. $262,855 Oglala Sioux Tribe S.D. $300,000 Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe S.D. $300,000 Rosebud Sioux Tribe S.D. $300,000 Utah Navajo Health System, Inc. Utah $300,000 Indian Walk In Center, Inc. Utah $299,684 Indian Health Service, Uintah & Ouray Clinic Utah $255,527 Lummi Nation Wash. $200,565 Makah Indian Tribe Wash. $169,174 Seattle Indian Health Board Wash. $299,954 Colville Confederated Tribe Wash. $120,000 Yakama Indian Health Center Wash. $172,258 Bad River Band of Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians Wis. $90,556

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