HISPANIC PHYSICIANS: Meeting to Focus on CHIP Enrollment
The National Hispanic Medical Association will hold its third annual meeting this weekend in Washington, D.C., at which the group is expected to announce several new programs, including an effort to boost Hispanic enrollment in the Children's Health Insurance Program. NHMA officials are hoping to draw attention to CHIP and boost enrollment among the estimated 2.75 million eligible Hispanic children. One-third of Hispanics in America have no health insurance, and that number is "even higher for Hispanic children," said Dr. Elena Rios, president of the NHMA, urging Hispanic doctors to get "the word out that children do not have to go without medical care." The group will also announce several leadership programs and medical resident programs designed for Hispanic doctors and those "interested in becoming national leaders so they can help create policy programs that improve health care for Hispanic communities," said Rios (NHMA release, 3/15).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.