Amid News of State Budget Cuts - San Francisco's Healthy Kids Program Perseveres!

San Francisco Health Plan's Healthy Kids Program Enrolls 1,000 SF Children

May 16, 2002, 01:00 ET from San Francisco Health Plan

    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