Providence, N.B. receive $260K to boost Medicaid enrollment
THE NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES has selected Providence and New Bedford as two of eight cities nationwide receiving up to $260,000 to improve health care access for children and families. With its grant, the city of Providence hopes to reduce the number of uninsured youth in the city by at least 1,800 children, from the current estimate of 3,469 uninsured children.
PROVIDENCE – The National League of Cities coalition has selected Providence as one of eight cities nationwide to receive a two-year grant of up to $260,000, building on previous funding that supported the development of a city outreach campaign to enroll children and families in RIte Care, the state’s Medicaid-managed care program for low-income families.
Providence was one of 12 cities competitively selected to receive a $30,000 grant from the National League of Cities in November last year under its Cities Expanding Health Access for Children and Families initiative.
With the $30,000 grant, Providence’s Healthy Communities Office spent six months between November and May developing a business plan aimed at reducing the number of uninsured youth in the city by at least 1,800 children, from the current estimate of 3,469 uninsured children.
Based on the quality and feasibility plans of the 12 municipal business plans submitted, the National League of Cities selected Providence as well as New Bedford to receive grants of up to $260,000 and continued assistance to implement the outreach plan developed during the six-month planning process.
“Each of the cities chosen had a rigorous business plan that detailed a clear path forward to drive down the rate of the uninsured in their communities,” said Clarence Anthony, executive director of the National League of Cities. “There are clear benefits to the program, with healthier kids meaning better high school and college completion rates and financial savings for the community.”
Approximately 70 percent of uninsured children in the U.S. are currently qualified but not enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the National League of Cities said. Working and low-income families enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP have access to benefits such as inpatient and outpatient hospital services, low- or no-cost screening, and preventative services and prescription drugs.
Other cities selected to receive $260,000 grants through the Cities Expanding Health Access for Children and Families initiative include: