Press Conference Highlighting Texas Pilot Project That Could Potentially Insure All Students Nationwide

Press Conference Highlighting Texas Pilot Project That Could Potentially Insure All Students Nationwide

Information also presented on local health insurance enrollment opportunities

WHAT - The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) will host a "Back-to-School" press briefing to highlight a statewide partnership that is currently helping uninsured students in Texas schools to apply for affordable health coverage. If successful, the project could be replicated and scaled nationwide.

The partnership, called the 100% Campaign, is one of only two CHIPRA grants awarded by CMS in the state of Texas. The grantee TASA and its technical consultant, CDF, have engaged seven school districts (Corpus Christi, Hidalgo, Houston, McAllen, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo, San Antonio, and Valley View ISDs) to identify uninsured students through school enrollment forms and follow up to help parents apply for the state Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Children's Medicaid.

During the month of September, local supermarkets and schools in the grantee communities have stepped up to support the 100% Campaign’s Back-to-School efforts by hosting Saturday Sign-Up Events for families to enroll their children. Detailed information below.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 8 at 10:00am
WHERE: Farias Elementary School - 205 N. Alamo Road (Alamo, Texas)
WHO: Dr. Renard L. Murray, Regional Administrator for the Atlanta and Dallas Regions, CMS
  Hon. Veronica Gonzales, State Representative, District 41
  Jenny Caputo, Director, Communications & Media Relations, TASA
  Dr. Daniel King, Superintendent, PSJA ISD
  Felix Chavez, Owner, Junior’s Super-Markets
  Kelli King-Jackson, Director of Outreach, CDF–Texas
  Luisa Saenz, RGV Director, CDF–Texas


100% Campaign Saturday Sign-Up Events (Statewide)

WHEN: September 11th, 18th, & 25th
WHERE: Junior's Super-Markets (Rio Grande Valley, Texas)
  11:00am to 2:00 pm
  San Juan
  Pharr (Las Milpas)
  Contact: Luisa Saenz, (956) 687-5437
  Fiesta Marts (Houston, Texas)
  10:00am to 2:00pm
  2323 Wirt Road (Kempwood)
  4711 Airline Drive (Berry)
  800 South Wayside Drive (Polk)
  6200 Bellaire Boulevard (Hillcroft)
  14315 Bellaire Boulevard (Highway 6)
  Contact: Rosanne Torres-Bauer (713) 556-7165 or Kaiya Liddell (713) 556-7145
  Mission Academy (San Antonio, Texas)
  3:30pm to 6:30 pm
  9210 S. Presa St, San Antonio
  Contact: Lisa Lashley (210) 554-2214

What to bring:

  • Copy of recent pay stubs, SSI, child support, or tax returns
  • Copy of child's birth certificate
  • Copy of childcare expensees (if applicable)


About CMS

On February 4, 2009, President Obama signed the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA), which provided funding to renew and expand CHIP coverage. This new legislation preserves health coverage for millions of children who already rely on CHIP, and provides resources for states to offer CHIP coverage to millions more uninsured kids.

About TASA

The mission of the Texas Association of School Administrators is to promote, provide, and develop leadership that champions educational excellence. A member organization founded in1925, TASA is a vibrant leadership community bound together by a strong set of values and beliefs, and motivated by a vision of excellence for every Texas schoolchild. Members take advantage of a wide range of services and benefits designed to improve their professional lives and the school districts they serve.

About CDF

The CDF Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.

CDF is a national, non-profit, child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly, for more than 35 years, to ensure a level playing field for all children. We champion policies and programs that lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to affordable healthcare, quality education, and a moral and spiritual foundation.