Louisville has been awarded a 250 thousand dollar federal stimulus grant to help increase enrollment in the Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program.
The grant will go toward a new program called “Through Any Door.” When families apply for food stamps or other forms of assistance, the program will screen the applicants for KCHIP eligibility. Mayor Jerry Abramson says thousands of families do not know they qualify for KCHIP or how to enroll, and “Through Any Door” will find them.
“It’s an initiative that really will allow a variety of nonprofit organizations to provide information and begin the application process for families who have the right to have their children enrolled in the KCHIP program,” he says.
The program will help reach an enrollment goal set by Governor Steve Beshear. Last year he announced plans to enroll 35 thousand additional children in KCHIP by next summer. Beshear expects to meet the goal next month, but he says he won’t be complacent.
“We will continue that effort,” he says. “We will continue, folks, until we find every one of those children and get them enrolled in this program.”