IEHP Recognized for its Efforts in Helping Uninsured Children Get Health Coverage

Mar 04, 2013, 13:31 ET from Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP)

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif., March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) has received the Champion for Children Award for its commitment in helping children get health coverage.

In a ceremony today in Sacramento, IEHP will accept the award from the California Coverage and Health Initiatives (CCHI), a statewide outreach and enrollment network. Each year, CCHI presents the award to organizations and individuals who help children enroll in health coverage programs, while also showing them how to navigate the healthcare system.

"This award is a great honor because it is a testament to our team's hard work in helping families get health coverage for their children," said Dr. Bradley Gilbert, IEHP chief executive officer. 

To help uninsured children get health coverage, IEHP promotes public-sponsored health programs, connects with community-based organizations and participates in numerous community events where families can learn about their options for healthcare. Additionally, IEHP has a dedicated Enrollment Assistant team to help families by phone apply for health coverage programs.

For children who are ineligible for public-sponsored health programs, IEHP works with local health foundations First 5 and Riverside Community Health Foundation and county agencies to administer and fund the Healthy Kids Program.

Since 2002, IEHP has helped over 150,000 uninsured children apply for Medi-Cal, Healthy Families and Healthy Kids programs.

About IEHP
IEHP, Inland Empire Health Plan, a Knox-Keene licensed health plan located in San Bernardino, California, is a not-for-profit public agency. IEHP services San Bernardino and Riverside counties and has over 580,000 members in the following programs: Medi-Cal (including seniors and people with disabilities), Healthy Kids, and a Medicare Special Needs Plan. Through a dynamic partnership with providers, award-winning service and innovative products, IEHP is fully committed to providing members with quality, accessible and wellness based healthcare services.

About the California Coverage & Health Initiatives (CCHI)
CCHI is a prominent statewide outreach and enrollment network, whose efforts ensure that all California's families are able to easily and effectively navigate into health coverage and other health services. The association includes local Children's/Community Health Initiatives (CHIs) and outreach and enrollment organization in 54 counties across California, representing where 95% of the state's population resides. Collectively, the CHIs have insured more than 167,000 previously uninsured children into locally funded and administered Healthy Kids programs. With firsthand experience and success enrolling children into public programs, such as Medi-Cal and Healthy Families the members of CCHI have shown that coverage for all children in California is a necessary and attainable goal.

SOURCE Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP)