HHS – Connecting Kids to Coverage (CKC) HEALTHY KIDS AI/AN (2019)

Applications Due: September 16, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. EST. The letter of intent to apply is due August 19, 2019.

This opportunity supports “innovative outreach strategies” designed to increase enrollment and retention of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children in Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). It emphasizes activities tailored to communities where AI/AN children and families reside, and enlisting tribal and other community leaders and tribal health and social services programs that serve eligible AI/AN children and families.

Goals and Objectives

The HEALTHY KIDS Act provides $120 million to reduce the number of children who are eligible for, but not enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP. American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children have the highest uninsured rate – their uninsured rate is 8.0 percent, compared to the national average’s 4.3 percent.

This program provides funding opportunities to increase enrollment and retention of AI/AN children who are eligible for, but not enrolled in, Medicaid and CHIP. These cooperative agreements will also support outreach strategies similar to those conducted in previous Connecting Kids to Coverage (CKC) grant cycles, such as activities designed to help families understand application procedures and health coverage opportunities in Medicaid and CHIP. All funded projects should incorporate both initial application and renewal assistance into their proposed activities.

Funding Title: Connecting Kids to Coverage HEALTHY KIDS AI/AN 2020 Outreach and Enrollment Cooperative Agreements Focused on Increasing the Enrollment of American Indian/Alaska Native Children in Medicaid and CHIP

Agency Name: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Funding Opportunity Number: CMS-2D2-20-001

Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative agreement

Express Language for Legal Aid: No, this grant is just available for tribes and tribal organizations, part of the 10 percent set-aside required by the authorizing legislation. That means a legal aid program would need a tribal resolution to be eligible to apply. Some legal aid programs can do that because of on-going relationships. With this opportunity, legal aid programs can do vast outreach in their low-income communities.

Target Population: Children who are eligible for, but not enrolled in, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Expected Number of Awards: 8-10

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: Yes and how much. No

Estimated Total Program Funding: $6 million

Award Ceiling: $750,000

Award Floor: $250,000

How to Apply: Application materials will be available at https://www.grants.gov. Please note that CMS requires applications for all announcements to be submitted electronically through the Grants.gov website. Applicants will be able to download a copy of the application packet, complete it off-line, and then upload and submit the application via the Grants.gov website. More information about the application process can be found in Appendix II.

Current Closing Date for Applications: by September 16, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Eligible Applicants: Indian Health Service (IHS) Providers, Tribes and Tribal Oganizations operating a health program under a contract or compact with the Indian Health Service under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (ISDEAA) (P.L. 93-638, as amended), and Urban Indian organizations operating a health program under the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA)(P.L. 94-437, as amended) (IHCIA)(P.L. 94-437, as amended).


Link to Full Announcement: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=318502

Contact Information: CMS will provide technical assistance to potential applicants through a variety of mechanisms. Please check the website at https://www.insurekidsnow.gov/ for complete instructions on how to obtain answers to specific programmatic questions related to your application. In addition, CMS will post frequently asked questions (FAQs) and their corresponding answers on the same website. For any programmatic questions not addressed by the FAQs please submit to healthykids@grantreview.org.

CMS will hold one potential applicant teleconference to provide an opportunity to ask questions about this announcement. This teleconference is on August 13, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. EST.

Categories: Children, Department of Health and Human Services, Health, Native American Tribes or Tribal Organizations, Native Americans, Subgrant Possibilities

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