Centura Health To Boost Child Insurance Enrollment

(ENGLEWOOD, COLO.) Centura Health will help thousands more children throughout Colorado enroll in health insurance by expanding its outreach and enrollment efforts to focus on children and families, the nonprofit health system announced.

"Centura Health is dedicated to providing health and wellness care for the entire family, and getting families enrolled in benefits is the first step in accessing health care," said James Corbett, senior vice president, values integration, Centura Health.

The new initiative is made possible by a $944,000 grant from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), part of a $32 million program to enroll more children in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program nationally. Of the 38 organizations participating, Centura Health is the only health system in the country to receive this award.

Colorado ranks 37th in the nation for coverage of children, according to the Colorado Health Institute, with 53,657 children eligible but not enrolled in health insurance as of December 2015.

"Community health advocates, our team of outreach workers, will now be working with schools, midwives, nurses and urgent care centers across Colorado to help families eligible for the Children's Health Insurance Program get the benefits they deserve," said Cristen Bates, director, community health, Centura Health.

The system's community health advocates currently provide assistance to adults in the emergency departments of Centura Health hospitals and in community agencies. In fiscal 2016 they have helped nearly 6,500 Coloradans gain coverage. The new initiative will focus on connecting children and their families to benefits, with a goal of enrolling 7,500 more people, Bates said.

"Once we help a family enroll in benefits, we also offer to place them in a patient-centered medical home and connect them to community resources based on their needs," Bates said. A patient-centered medical home is a form of medical practice that emphasizes coordination among a primary care physician, other providers and community agencies.

According to CMS, "Having coverage improves children's health, increases their ability to succeed in school, and results in other positive outcomes. Recent research shows that these gains are long lasting, with children who gained coverage experiencing better health, higher educational attainment and higher earnings as adults."

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