Dr. Chris Taylor, left, examines the ear of Medi-Cal patient Richardo Alvarez, 5, at the Las Palmas Health Clinic in Sacramento, Calif., in 2005. California schools and community groups will get more than $6 million in federal grants to help enroll kids in Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program for the poor.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday nearly $32 million in grants to help states sign up children for low-income health coverage.
In California, nine organizations, including the Los Angeles Unified School District, will together get roughly $6.2 million in grants ranging from $190,000 to slightly less than $1 million. The money is intended to help them identify and enroll children into Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program for the poor.
HHS officials say the funds will be used to target those children who are now eligible but not yet enrolled in the Medi-Cal program, as well as those who will become eligible for the expanded Medi-Cal coverage that will begin on Jan. 1, 2014.
Under the Affordable Care Act, California has agreed to expand its Medi-Cal coverage to an estimated 1.4 million adults and children.
The top three HHS grants in the state went to Catholic Charities of California ($999,956), Family Health Centers of San Diego Inc. ($993,472) and the L.A. Unified School District ($974,929).
The other grantees are:
- Alameda County Social Services Agency ($877,750)
- Northeast Valley Health Corporation ($796,258)
- Tides Center - California Coverage & Health Initiatives ($750,900)
- United American Indian Involvement ($313,422)
- Nevada County Superintendent of Schools ($284,465)
- Lake County Tribal Health Consortium Inc. ($192,881)
HHS officials say the grants to school districts, community groups, and government agencies will build on a four-year effort that’s increased the number of U.S. children with health insurance by 1.7 million youngsters nationwide.