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Government Grants Will Help Get Health Insurance for More Kids

WEDNESDAY, July 3 (HealthDay News) -- Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded nearly $32 million to efforts identifying and enrolling children eligible for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), according to an announcement made Tuesday.

The grants were awarded to 41 state agencies, community health centers, school-based organizations and nonprofit groups in 22 states. Two grantees are multistate organizations.

The grant amounts range from $190,000 to $1 million per recipient and focus on five areas: Engaging schools; reducing health coverage disparities; streamlining enrollment; improving application assistance; and training communities.

"Today's grants will ensure that more children across the nation have access to the quality health care they need," HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a government news release. "We are drawing from successful children's health coverage outreach and enrollment efforts to help promote enrollment this fall in Medicaid and the new health insurance marketplace."

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