SAN FRANCISCO, May 16 /PRNewswire/ -- As looming State budget cuts
threaten to undermine the progress of many California health care programs,
San Francisco Health Plan's Healthy Kids program has reached a major
milestone. In only four short months, San Francisco Health Plan has enrolled
1,000 children in the program, providing comprehensive medical, dental, and
vision care to children of low-income families. A ceremony commemorating the
1,000th child enrollment will take place on Saturday, May 18, 2002 at a
Healthy Kids enrollment celebration at San Francisco General Hospital.
"This is an important time for San Francisco Health Plan's Healthy Kids
program. Over the last few months, we have turned grief to relief for many
San Francisco parents who are now able to care for their children in a way
they could not before," said Jean Fraser, CEO of San Francisco Health Plan.
"With nearly 9,000 San Francisco children still living without health
coverage, our vision to ensure every child in San Francisco receives health,
dental, and vision insurance -- regardless of immigration status -- is
Since January 31, 2002 -- only four short months ago -- there are
20% fewer San Francisco children living without health insurance. Most
applicants for Healthy Kids have originated from the Latino and Asian
communities. Of the 9,000 San Francisco children living without health
coverage, nearly half qualify for Healthy Kids, and the rest for other
state-sponsored programs provided by San Francisco Health Plan.
"Many working families still do not realize that their children qualify
for an affordable health care program. Parents of uninsured children are
encouraged to contact San Francisco Health Plan to see if they qualify for
Healthy Kids," added Fraser. "If not, their children will almost always
qualify for another quality health insurance program that meets their needs."
Saturday's health fair at San Francisco General Hospital is open to the
general public between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.. Speakers for the 12:30 Healthy Kid
commemoration include: Jean S. Fraser, CEO, San Francisco Health Plan;
San Francisco City Supervisor Sophie Maxwell; Dr. Patricia Perez-Arce of
San Francisco General Hospital; and the 1,000th healthy kid and their family.
San Francisco Health Plan has been reaching parents and children through
partnerships with community health clinics and in providing neighborhood
enrollment events, such as Saturday's health fair at San Francisco General
Hospital. With more than 80 Certified Application Assistants (CAA) working
throughout the city to enroll children for health coverage, parents are able
to connect with a health care advocate that gives them the information they
need to care for their child.
If families would like more information, or are interested in enrolling in
Healthy Kids, they may call San Francisco Health Plan at 415-777-9992.
About San Francisco Health Plan
San Francisco Health Plan (SFHP) is a licensed community health plan
providing affordable health coverage to low and moderate-income families
residing in San Francisco. SFHP was designed for and by the residents it
serves -- many of whom would not be able to otherwise obtain health care for
themselves or their families. Through SFHP, members have access to a full
spectrum of medical services, including preventive care, hospitalization,
prescription drugs, family planning, and substance abuse programs. SFHP's
mission is to provide superior, affordable health care that emphasizes
prevention and promotes healthy living, with the goal of improving the quality
of life for the people of San Francisco.
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SOURCE San Francisco Health Plan