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Earlier this morning, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, held a press event to issue the challenge for Connecting Kids to Coverage. The goal is to find and enroll the 5 million children in the U.S. who currently are uninsured but eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (PeachCare for Kids in Georgia). Of this total number, it is estimated that 193,000 children in Georgia are eligible but not yet enrolled in Medicaid or PeachCare. Read more in the report Who and Where Are The Children Yet To Enroll In Medicaid And The Children’s Health Insurance Program? in the October 2010 issue of Health Affairs.

To underscore how the health of children impacts their educational success, joining Secretary Sebelius was U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan.  Secretary Duncan spoke of the necessity to meet the physical, social, and emotional needs of children to help them achieve academically.  In an effort to coordinate efforts among different agencies, Secretary Duncan is planning to reach out to School Superintendents in those states with the highest numbers of eligible but unenrolled children (CA, TX, and FL) to find out how schools can become more involved in efforts to identify and enroll children.

At this time of year as kids head back to school, now is an opportune time to make sure that children get the health care they need…to prepare them as they learn in class, particpate in afterschool activities, and play on their sports teams.  In recognition of this need, several state governors, along with national children’s organizations, have answered the Secretary’s challenge.

Will Georgia’s next governor do the same?

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