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Enrollment fairs set to reach uninsured children in Pierce County

Post by Steve Maynard / The News Tribune on Jan. 31, 2013 at 12:54 pm with No Comments »
January 31, 2013 12:54 pm

Enrollment fairs starting Feb. 9 aim to enroll more than 10,000 uninsured Pierce County children in state health programs.

Seven events by area agencies and health plans are scheduled through May 11 to reach the families of these children, who qualify for the state’s coverage. Here’s the news release:

Free Enrollment Fairs Target Pierce County’s 10,000 Uninsured Children

Area agencies and health plans collaborate to provide access to health care and services for families in Pierce County.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE. (Tacoma, WA) January 29, 2013. Pierce County has more than 10,000 children who qualify for Washington’s State health programs and are not currently enrolled. That’s a number
that is just not acceptable to those who are coordinating a series of 7 family-oriented enrollment fairs throughout Pierce County. The series, titled the Carousel Enrollment Fairs, begin on Feb. 9th and will offer fun and family-oriented entertainment, prizes, information on health care and most importantly, on-site enrollment for these children and their families.

“This is going to be a free and fun opportunity for families who need it most,” states Rudy Vasquez, Multicultural Services Director for Sea Mar Community Health Centers. “Our goal is that the families can come and enjoy some fun, but walk away having had an opportunity to be connected to important community services and benefits such as health care coverage, food and other resources as needed.” The Washington State Coalition for Healthy Communities of Color, the coordinating entity, is bringing
together community groups, agencies, the state’s five Medicaid health plan providers and the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Mobile CSO enrollment truck to ensure that families get the information and services needed. Bilingual staff will be available.

Pierce County is the first “stage” location of what might become a multi-county outreach effort if all goes well with this first attempt. The Carousel Health Fairs begin on Feb. 9th in Fife and will rotate to varying sites in Pierce County through May. DSHS, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, Community Health Care Tacoma, Comprehensive Health Education Foundation, Amerigroup, Community Health Plan of Washington, Coordinated Care, Molina Healthcare, United Healthcare, WithinReach, Mercy Housing, WIC offices and many more agencies will be present to provide free activities, prizes and information to families.

Locations and Dates are as follows:

Feb. 9th – 10-3pm – Fife at Fife High School
Feb. 23rd – 10-3pm – Puyallup at Bethany Baptist Church
Mar. 9th – 10-3pm – Graham at Frontier Parks Facility
Mar. 23rd – 10-3pm – Spanaway at Spanaway Middle School
Apr. 6th – 10-3pm – Lakewood at Lakewood Boys & Girls Club
Apr. 27th – 10-3pm – South Tacoma at Henry T. Schatz Boys & Girls Club
May 11th – 10-3pm – Gig Harbor at Cheney Family Boys & Girls Club
For more information, please visit our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/WSAHCC

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