Out and In: Engaging Schools in Outreach to Insure All Children

How Medicaid lowers high school dropout rates and leads to more college grads. Click the link below to learn more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/06/05/how-medicaid-lowers-high-school-dropout-rates-and-leads-to-more-college-grads/


 From One Superintendent to Another: "If You Believe It, You Need to Lead It"

 Philip Lanoue talks about taking up the charge on a vision for healthy, well-educated children. Lanoue cites his district's engagement in the AASA/CDF school-based health insurance initiative as the district's gateway to setting performance goals on healthy students in their strategic plan. Watch video here.

AASA and the Children's Defense Fund are in  partnership again, this time with a grant from Atlantic Philanthropies to work with school districts in California and Texas to enroll eligible children in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). We will convene a Community of Practice at Alex Haley Farm in Clinton, TN on March 31- April 2, 2014.

The initiative is for three years and the districts are:

  • El Rancho Unified School District (CA)
  • Mountain View School District (CA)
  • Lynwood Unified School District (CA)
  • Alief Independent School District (TX)
  • Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District (TX)
  • Houston Independent School District (TX)

Read about the great work accomplished by eight school districts to enroll eligible children in Medicaid and CHIP in the School Governance and Leadership, Insure Our Children, Ensure Our Future (Fall, 2013)


View great ideas for Back - to - School strategies to enroll your students in Medicaid and CHIP.


AASA The School Superintendents Association was awarded a Cycle II grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to enroll eligible children in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

In 2011 there were eight million uninsured children in the United States. AASA along with the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) are working with eight districts in four states which include:

  • El Monte Union High School District and Mountain View School District in California
  • Clarke County Public Schools and Gwinnett County Public Schools in Georgia
  • Jefferson Parish Public Schools and Orleans Parish School Board in Louisiana
  • Clarksdale Municipal School District and Cleveland School District in Mississippi

AASA and CDF are also working with:

  • The Recovery School District in New Orleans, LA with a grant from United Healthcare

The goals of the project:

  • To increase school district capacity to systemically incorporate child health outreach and insurance enrollment into routine school district operations.
  • To identify uninsured children in your district and link eligible students with CHIP and Medicaid during the 2012-13 school year and beyond.

Also, check out this video from a session at the AASA 2013 National Conference on Education, featuring four superintendents as they discuss insuring all children:

      •  Video: Engaging Schools in Outreach to Insure All Children (26 min)
(Supported by a Grant From: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services)

Connecting Kids to Coverage: 

Karen Samara,
AASA Project Manager

In November 2011, the 2nd National Children’s Health Insurance Summit was held in Chicago, IL. Grantees from across America came together to participate in a wide variety of workshops and training sessions to enhance our knowledge and improve our skills. For more information.





 Donna Cohen Ross, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Center Director
Donna Cohen Ross, 
Senior Policy Advisor
In March 25-27, 2012, all districts were brought together for a Community of Practice at the Alex Haley Farm in Clinton, TN. Donna Cohen Ross, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Center Director, Centers for Medicare and Chip Services (CMCS) was the keynote speaker. Everyone left with new ideas and a renewed sense that leaders will enroll eligible children in Medicaid and CHIP.





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Sharon Adams-Taylor