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Maryland Gets Federal Help In Targeting, Enrolling Kids In Health Insurance

June 14th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

The non-profit comunity development group Structured Employment Economic Development Corporation, or Seedco, will receive $950,000 over the next two years to help find and enroll children who are eligible for public health insurance in Maryland, officials from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The funds are part of the fourth round of funding to states from the federal agency to be used to sign up children for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program, for a total of about $150 million, officials said Monday. About $32 million was doled out in 27 states in this round to 38 groups from community organization and providers to government agencies and school districts.

Seedco will target groups with lower insurance coverage rates, specifically Latino children and those living in rural areas on the Eastern Shore and the Baltimore City metro area. The group will hire four enrollment assistors and develop bi-lingual and culturally appropriate materials to be used in the outreach process.

Federal officials said the grants were necessary because there were still pockets of children who lacked coverage despite being eligible for the public health programs for poor and low-income families.

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