Child Health Outreach and Enrollment

The CDF Child Health Outreach and Enrollment project helps to ensure a Healthy Start for Texas children, so that 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, media and community partners, we educate and raise awareness about affordable coverage options through CHIP, Children's Medicaid and the Marketplace, and help families apply.

Our efforts to Connect Kids to Coverage have been recognized nationally and internationally and we welcome new opportunities and partnerships to reduce the number of uninsured children and families in our "highest uninsured" state of Texas.

Partnering with Schools

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 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.

Partnering with Businesses

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.

Partnering with Coalitions and Communities

In the Houston area, CDF-Texas partners with the Enroll Gulf Coast Coalition to promote Marketplace enrollment. Visit for in-person assistance to get covered. If you live in Houston, you may have seen some of these billboards and postcards:

Across the state, we provide workshops, group trainings and presentations on CHIP, Children's Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act.

Austin and Central Texas | Houston and Southeast Texas | Rio Grande Valley and South Texas

Partnering with Media

Get the Facts on Affordable Health Care

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 stays, mental health, prescriptions and more.  See if you qualify

For families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid or CHIP, visit or call 1-800-318-2596 to find an affordable insurance option. Most people who apply qualify for financial savings and lower premiums.

Download and share these easy factsheets:

Do you qualify for Special Enrollment?
What the Marketplace Means for You
Apply for CHIP or Medicaid anytime