DHH LaCHIP Enrollment Blitz Seeks to Reach Uninsured Children in Lake Charles Area

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(LAKE CHARLES) – The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has planned a Louisiana Children’s Health Insurance Program (LaCHIP) “enrollment blitz” on Wednesday, September 30 and Thursday, October 1.

The blitz aims to enroll as many eligible local children with the medical coverage they need to lead healthier lives. DHH employees and community partners from across the state will work throughout the area surrounding Lake Charles to assist families in insuring their children through LaCHIP.

“Our blitz initiatives have proven to be an important tool for enrolling eligible children for this valuable program,” said LaCHIP Director Ruth Kennedy. “With more than 62,000 children statewide still uninsured and an estimated 4,300 uninsured children in the Lake Charles area, there is still more work to do. Even one child without access to quality health care is too many.”

During the outreach event, blitz team members will distribute applications and increase awareness about both no-cost and low-cost LaCHIP Affordable insurance plans. These mobile units will make stops at businesses, churches, daycare centers, grocery stores, banks and community centers throughout the area. The public is invited to visit with LaCHIP professionals, who will set up on-site stationary locations throughout the area to update information on active enrollees, answer questions about LaCHIP and other Medicaid programs, renew applications, and perform on-the-spot qualification for new applicants.

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

During blitzes and other outreach events, regional Medicaid office employees check all applications not just for LaCHIP eligibility, but for all Medicaid programs which could benefit families. 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.