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The CDF All Healthy Children campaign believes that to ensure a Healthy Start for Texas children, every child must have access to affordable, comprehensive health and mental health coverage and the care they need to grow and thrive.
Collaborating with schools, businesses, faith-based and nonprofit partners, we educate to raise awareness about affordable coverage options through CHIP, Children's Medicaid, and the Healthcare.gov Marketplace, and work with uninsured families to help them apply.
Our efforts in Connecting Kids to Coverage have been recognized nationally and internationally, by the World Health Organization, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), American Association of School Administrators (AASA), America's Promise Alliance, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Covering Kids & Families, and others and we eagerly welcome new opportunities and partnerships to reduce the numbers of uninsured in our "highest uninsured" state.
Partnering with schools has been central to our strategic vision. What began in 2002 as a pilot project with the Health & Medical Services departments of Houston ISD and Edinburg CISD is today an integrated and expanded initiative that continues to reach families with information about health coverage options for children in school districts even beyond Texas. More than 20 school districts in Harris County, 15 school districts in the Rio Grande Valley, San Antonio, Corpus Christi and others have taken part in the Campaign by: (1) adding a health insurance question to school enrollment forms, (2) identifying the need, (3) following-up with information about how to apply, use and renew CHIP and Medicaid, and (4) educating those who do not qualify about Healthcare.gov or charity clinics.
Since 2009, we have worked closely with the Texas Association of School Administrators and American Association of Schools Administrators to communicate the All Healthy Children Campaign to school superintendents and administrators across Texas and nationwide.
For more than a decade, Texas grocery chain Fiesta Mart Inc. has been a partner in our efforts to connect kids to coverage through sign-up events in their stores. During these events, CDF-trained volunteers help families apply or renew coverage and navigate challenges. In 2011 the CDF-Texas and Fiesta partnership was recognized by CMS for Excellence in Children's Health Outreach and Enrollment. In 2013 the partnership was profiled in a CMS-produced mini-documentary shared with audiences nationwide as a best practice.
We frequently provide free workshops, group trainings and presentations about CHIP, Children's Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act. To request a training, contact:
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Most uninsured children qualify for free or low-cost health care through Children's Medicaid or CHIP. Both programs cover checkups, immunizations, doctor and dentist visits, hospital care, mental health services, prescriptions and more. See if you qualify
For families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid or CHIP, you can find new affordable options through HealthCare.gov or by calling 1-800-318-2596. Most people qualify for cost savings and reduced premiums.
Spread the word by sharing these helpful, easy to understand factsheets:
Apply for CHIP or Children's Medicaid:
Apply for a Marketplace plan during Open Enrollment:
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