Hispanic/Latino children, parents, and pregnant individuals in Hidalgo, Cameron, Starr, Willacy, El Paso, and Webb Counties are in need of assistance in applying for Medicaid and CHIP to increase the rate of medical coverage in the target location. Nationally, 89.8 percent of uninsured children are eligible for Medicaid or CHIP but not currently enrolled. In the six-county proposed target location, that equates to approximately 88,000 of eligible children that are not enrolled in Medicaid/CHIP.
As a current Connecting Kids to Coverage HEALTHY KIDS 2022 Grantee, MHP Salud’s Health Outcome program will continue its current work in the Rio Grande Valley and increase its capacity by expanding to El Paso and Webb counties. Through this project, four Community Health Workers/Promotores(as) de Salud will lead community outreach and provide culturally and linguistically tailored individual enrollment assistance. Two of the CHWs will remain in the RGV area and one CHW will be assisting individuals in El Paso and Webb Counties, respectively. Additionally, CHWs will refer participants in need of further services to additional resources as issues are identified. We will work with parents, currently receiving Medicaid to further engage and promote our individualized application assistance.
Over the three-year period, an estimated 2,755 (Y1: 800; Y2: 1,050; Y3: 905) children, adults and pregnant individuals will receive individualized assistance with Medicaid or CHIP applications if applicable. Additionally, over the three-year period, an estimated 3,060 (Y1: 945; Y2: 1,115; Y3: 1,000) children, adults and pregnant individuals will receive assistance with renewal applications for Medicaid or CHIP.
MHP Salud requests $1,499,275.29 over the 3-year project period.