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
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 ongoing." 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. MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X65618376
SOURCE San Francisco Health Plan
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