LOS ANGELES: School District to Identify Uninsured Children
In an effort to steer thousands of uninsured school children in the Los Angeles Unified School District into public health programs, state and local officials yesterday announced a program for outreach to schoolchildren in Pacoima and San Fernando. Through a partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District, the county plans to funnel federal Medicaid funding -- as much as $90 million -- to boost health care in county schools. School nurses and counselors all over the district will work to identify and usher the area's nearly 290,000 uninsured students into public health programs. The Los Angeles Times reports that several nonprofit agencies are also involved in the initiative to enroll the uninsured children, who represent 43% of the district's student body (Raouf, 3/23).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.