Many CCHI member organizations throughout California have created local health insurance programs, known as Healthy Kids, to cover uninsured children ineligible for public programs, as a result of family income level or immigration status. Since its inception, this coverage option has provided more than 167,000 children statewide with comprehensive medical, dental and vision coverage and stands as a model of the dedication our members have to 100% coverage for all children.
The first Children’s Health Initiative (CHI) in California was also the first Healthy Kids program. It was started in Santa Clara County by a group of community-based organizations that worked diligently to convince the county’s supervisors to allocate funds to children’s health insurance, assembled a coalition, and began working to design a comprehensive insurance and enrollment program for uninsured children. Through a creative mix of public and private funding and contracting with the Santa Clara Family Health Plan, the Santa Clara CHI launched its Healthy Kids program and the community’s positive response to the program provided the impetus for advocates across the state to develop similar programs.
SB75 Health4All Kids became effective on May 16th, 2016, rendering all children eligible for Medi-Cal regardless of immigration status. In most places in California, Healthy Kids program participants either are being or have been transitioned to full-scope, managed care Medi-Cal. With state coverage now available in most places, Healthy Kids programs state-wide are beginning to wind down, with the exception of the programs in Santa Clara, San Mateo and San Francisco.
CCHI is a leader in health advocacy for children and families and is recognized as a statewide network of community organizations that champion enrollment in health coverage, access to care and other services.