KAISER: Praised for Children’s Health Insurance Initiative
Kaiser Permanente's Cares for Kids initiative was honored Thursday night at the annual Public Advocates award dinner, earning the group's praise and its Healthy Communities Award. The civil rights law firm singled out Kaiser's program for its long-term commitment to offering low- cost health insurance to children of the working poor. Over the next five years, Kaiser Permanente has pledged $100 million for its Cares for Kids program to expand children's health coverage through the Child Health Plan, explore legislative solutions to the problem of uninsured children and fund two demonstration programs that link health services delivery between schools and Kaiser. "We believe Kaiser Permanente Cares for Kids provides a model of leadership and innovation that should be celebrated and replicated throughout the nation for the benefit of all low- income children and working families," said Martha Jimenez, managing attorney for Public Advocates and executive director for the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California (Kaiser release, 5/13).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.