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LaCHIP Back-to-School Enrollment Blitz Culminates in Children’s Resources and Health Fair

MONROE–The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has planned an “enrollment blitz” from Tuesday, Aug. 4, to Saturday, Aug. 8 with the goal of increasing the number of eligible, local children who receive medical coverage they need to lead healthier lives. The blitz will culminate with a Children’s Resources and Health Fair hosted by the Children’s Coalition of Northeast Louisiana.

Teams of DHH employees and community partners from across the state will spread throughout Region 8, the northeast Louisiana area surrounding Monroe, to assist families that wish to insure their children through LaCHIP, the Louisiana Children’s Health Insurance Program. The week culminates with the opening of the Children’s Resources and Health Fair. The event, which provides free screenings, interactive booths and giveaways for children and parents, allows Monroe-area children to start the school year on the right foot.

“It’s a fact: healthier children perform better in school. Identifying the more than 4,700 uninsured children in the region and making certain they have health care coverage is important in setting our children up for success, in education and otherwise,” said DHH Secretary Alan Levine. “Our blitz initiatives and events such as this have proven to be an important tool when it comes to enrolling eligible children for this valuable program.”

During the outreach event, blitz team members will distribute applications and increase awareness about the no-cost LaCHIP and low-cost LaCHIP Affordable insurance plans. In addition to the mobile units, the Children’s Coalition of Northeast Louisiana is hosting the fair with free screenings, immunizations for infants and toddlers (Shots for Tots), after-school resources, entertainment and giveaways.

LaCHIP, which covers children until age 19, is among the best known of the Medicaid programs that help insure children. Funded in part by the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), LaCHIP pays for physician visits, pharmacy costs, hospital stays and many other medical expenses in a network of providers.

During blitzes and other outreach events, DHH employees check all applications — not just for LaCHIP eligibility, but for all Medicaid programs from which a family could benefit. This includes the LaCHIP Affordable Plan, a program launched in 2008 to cover children in households earning an annual income up to 250 percent of the federal poverty rate (or about $55,000 for a family of four).

For more information on LaCHIP, call 1-877-2LaCHIP (1-877-252-2447) or visit online at www.lachip.org.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals serves to protect and promote health statewide and to ensure access to medical, preventive and rehabilitative services for all state citizens. To learn more about DHH, visitwww.dhh.louisiana.gov.