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Improving Children’s Health Through California’s Schools

Nearly three years after the passage of CHIP, California’s progress toward insuring all children remains slow.

The surveys show that school personnel recognize the benefits that Healthy Families and Medi-Cal offer their students and that many are eager to participate in outreach. But most schools lack the funds and staff to embark on comprehensive outreach and enrollment initiatives. Indeed, while most schools are willing to pass out informational flyers or promote health insurance programs by word-of-mouth, many can go no further without additional staff. School personnel generally do not have time to engage in the type of labor-intensive follow-up activities that help families who receive information about health insurance programs actually enroll in them.