to enroll children for

health coverage

At the Venice Family Clinic this week, children’s health advocates, medical professionals and professional athletes were scheduled to launch a county-wide campaign called “The Covering Kids & Families Back-to-School Campaign” to enroll children in health-care coverage.

A celebration planned at the family clinic — the largest free clinic in the U.S. — Wednesday, August 10th, was designed to publicize the new county-wide program, which seeks to fill gaps in health care for youngsters without health coverage.

The children’s health advocates say they want to launch a two-month push to enroll eligible, uninsured children in low-cost or free health care coverage programs.

They say a new study, conducted by the State Health Access Data Assistance Center documents the consequences of being uninsured and underscores the importance of enrolling children in available health care coverage programs.

The health advocates say a recent analysis of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research shows that most uninsured California children are eligible for — but not enrolled in — low-cost or free health care coverage through Medi-Cal for Children, Healthy Families or Healthy Kids.

Los Angeles is one of six cities in the U.S. where the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Covering Kids & Families Initiative is concentrating its efforts.

Local organizations leading this effort include the Covering Kids & Families and the Los Angeles Access to Health Coverage coalitions, both projects of Community Health Councils, Inc.; The Children’s Health Initiative of Greater Los Angeles; The California Endowment; L.A. Care Health Plan; First 5 LA; LA County Department of Health Services; Los Angeles County Office of Education; Los Angeles Unified School District and the Venice Family Clinic.