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Covering Kids & Families California

The Covering Kids and Families (CKF) project developed in response to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) national Covering Kids initiative. The initiative called for states and local communities to create coalitions to design and implement strategies to:
  • Simplify enrollment processes for Medicaid and State Children's Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP)
  • Coordinate healthcare coverage programs for children in low-income families
  • Coordinate and conduct Outreach programs to identify and enroll uninsured chidlren who are eligible for Medicaid and SCHIP.

Covering Kids & Families Coalition
Community Health Councils serves as the lead agency in California. A collaborative of health advocates, healthcare providers, professional health associations, representatives from education, key agencies, and regional outreach projects formed the Coalition in January 1998. The Coalition provides a vehicle to examine all opportunities to expand coverage and reduce barriers to enrollment in health coverage programs. Funding from The California Endowment will allow the Coalition to continue its work through 2011. Read the Fact Sheet to learn the Coalition's objectives, membership structure and how to join.

Vision Statement
All children and families residing in California, regardless of economic or immigration status, have affordable, quality healthcare coverage and timely and appropriate access to the healthcare system.

Mission Statement
To build a network of diverse leadership throughout California to advance the quality and accessibility of healthcare for children and families through the exchange of information and experiences, and through policy development and implementation.

Statewide Coalition Meetings
Statewide Coalition meetings review policy and build greater coordination between the public and private sectors. Policy recommendations result from a collaboration of regional representatives and statewide coalition members. In conjunction with the statewide coalition, the regional outreach projects form local coalitions that test program and policy implementation at the local level. Integral to the success of the project, the local coalitions provide feedback to the state and cultivate relationships in their county.

Contact
For more information about the Covering Kids and Families project, please contact Krystal Green at 323.295.9372 ext. 231 or via e-mail Krystal Green.

Resources
Helping Californians Apply Online for Public Services: An online toolkit for Community-Based Organizations.
This online toolkit provides Community Based Organizations with resources on how to help Californians
apply online for Medi-Cal, CalFresh and CalWORKs.