Obama Administration Encourages Schools to Enroll in Health Care Coverage Through School Registration
"The challenge for all of us, whether it's in healthcare or education is to figure out what we can do to help students and families. We know efforts like the partnership between AASA, The School Superintendents Association and The Children's Defense Fund can make a real difference connecting children and families to quality health care."
- U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr.
"3 out of 4 uninsured children walk through the school door...when we think about the children, [school] is the place where the children are reached, and this is the place where there are trusted voices. This is also a place where we can think about the parents' trust. It's not just about asking the question, [does your child have health insurance?], but going the next step if the answer is 'no'. Then, what do you do to get that insurance?"
--U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Sylvia Burwell.
| Pictured (L-R) U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King Jr, Lillian Maldonado French, Superintendent of Mountain View School District (CA), and Dan Domenech, Executive Director, AASA.
On August 31st, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Sylvia Burwell and U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. hosted a Roundtable discussion at Francis L. Cardozo Education Campus in Washington D.C., to launch AASA and CDF's "Insure All Children" Toolkit (www.insureallchildren.org), supported by The Atlantic Philanthropies.This work was emanated from AASA's Children's Programs Department, whose work is centered on driving systems change and increasing educational equity. The Department is committed to equity in educational opportunities and outcomes, reducing racial disparities and aiding and assisting those most in need.
AASA's Executive Director Dan Domenech gave opening remarks and moderated the discussion. Along with the Secretaries, Dan was joined by CDF President, Marian Wright Edelman, Superintendent Lillian Maldonado French of Mountain View School District (CA) and District of Columbia Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson.
"I worked in public education for 40 years and was a superintendent for 27 years. The health of a child is critical to a good education," Dan said as he begun the discussion.
"Children don't come in pieces," Marian Wright Edelman added. "Every child needs to be insured. We've made progress, but there's more to be done."
The discussion highlighted best practices for getting more students enrolled in health insurance by asking the simple question, "Does your child have health insurance?" on important annual school forms. All children need access to health insurance in order to succeed in school and in life.
"This shouldn't be a dream, [ access to health insurance] is something every child should have," said Superintendent French, who has worked with AASA and CDF on this initiative since 2011. "Even two to three days a month of missing school has a tremendous impact. You can't teach a child who is sick."
Watch this video with U.S Secretary of Education John B. King Jr.
Watch this video with U.S Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell
Watch this promo video featuring AASA's Executive Director Dan Domenech and CDF's President Marian Wright Edelman as they introduce the toolkit and address how all children need to have access to comprehensive, affordable health insurance to succeed in school and in life.
Learn more from the Department of Education's Press Release.
The "Insure All Children" Toolkit
Our interactive toolkit contains lessons learned from 15 urban, suburban and rural school districts.
Find interactive maps that provide real-time data on children uninsured in school districts and short videos with advice from superintendents. Interact on social media using #InsureAllChildren to share health enrollment stories.Download a PDF copy or visit www.insureallchildren.org