Center Helps Enroll Children in Insurance Programs
The state-funded Health Care for Kids program on Wednesday opened its third center in Ventura County, the Ventura County Star reports. The new Simi Valley center works to enroll uninsured children into subsidized or low-cost insurance plans.
According to the Ventura County Health Care Agency, approximately 27,000 of the 32,000 uninsured children in the county qualify for Medi-Cal, California's Medicaid program, or Healthy Families, a state program that provides insurance benefits for children in low-income households.
The center will work to enroll eligible children into either plan. If a child is ineligible, they are enrolled in a low-cost program offered by Kaiser, with rates that are comparable to those of Healthy Families.
The enrollment services at the center are free, including a program that matches caseworkers with families.
The other two Health Care for Kids centers are in Santa Paula and Ventura (Foxman, Ventura County Star, 10/19).