Ensure Children's Access to Health Coverage

In 2012, there were still over 140,000 Ohio children who lacked health coverage.

Although that number has come down in recent years, it is still too high. CDF-Ohio works in partnership with the Ohio Department of Medicaid and other non-profit and community-based organizations around the state to ensure that all children who are eligible for Medicaid and CHIP get enrolled, stay enrolled and use their health coverage.

Ethnic Minority and Immigrant Community Outreach and Enrollment

In 2014, CDF-Ohio completed groundbreaking work, Reaching Ohio's Ethnic Minority Children, in collaboration with community-based organizations across Ohio highlighting the need to do targeted, culturally competent outreach to immigrant and ethnic minority communities to ensure that children in those communities access Medicaid and CHIP. That work has led CDF-Ohio to continued work to educate and inform state and advocacy partners about immigrant children and pregnant women’s eligibility for Medicaid. Through its work, CDF-Ohio shines a light on the needs of children who are often forgotten, but who will help build Ohio’s diverse future.

Community Health Workers Can Connect Families to Coverage

CDF-Ohio and its partners believe that children and families can better benefit from their health coverage when culturally-competent, widely-available care coordination helps ensure that they use all of the coverage options, including those guaranteed to children though Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT). Community health workers are a key part of ensuring that children from poor communities, children of color, and children from ethnic minority populations have access to care coordination.

Useful Resources

Community Health Workers: At the Heart of Transforming Ohio's Health Care Delivery System

The National Health Law Program's explanation of the Legal Immigrant Children’s Health Improvement Act (ICHIA)

A list of states that have adopted the ICHIA option at Medicaid.gov

ICHIA Fact Sheet - Immigrant Eligibility for Medicaid