Friday, August 06, 2010

Where I Was Today... North Albany Y

New York Teams Up with Federal Government to Help Children Obtain Affordable Health Insurance

State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., today joined officials of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and representatives of the North Albany YMCA for the launch of the "Get Covered. Get in the Game" initiative, which will enlist coaches, school officials, and community sports programs to help enroll uninsured children in public health insurance programs.

There are nearly 5 million children around the nation – and about 343,000 in New York -- who qualify for free and low-income health insurance but are not signed up.

"Get Covered. Get in the Game." brings together coaches, schools, and communities to educate families with children who are eligible for Medicaid or Child Health Plus and can immediately avail themselves of free and low cost children's health care programs. New York State Health Department Commissioner Richard Daines and Sue Kelly, the associate regional administrator for Medicaid and Children's health at the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, were at the North Albany Y today to kickoff the Empire State's launch of "Get Covered." Here's a link to my report.

For more information about the programs go to or call 800-698-4KIDS.
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