Legal Services of Eastern Missouri will continue its program, “Connecting Kids to Coverage,” after receiving a two-year, $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri will continue its program, “Connecting Kids to Coverage,” after receiving a two-year, $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In 2013, LSEM became the only individual legal services organization nationwide to receive this grant funding and in this recent 2016 round, LSEM is one of three legal aid programs nationwide to receive funding.

Connecting Kids to Coverage is designed to build on historic progress already made increasing the number of children who have health coverage. A National Health Interview Survey shows only 4.5 percent of children remain uninsured in 2015.

“We want to thank the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the renewal of this grant that will allow us to continue to reduce the number of uninsured children in our 21-county Missouri service area,” said Dan Glazier, Executive Director and General Counsel for LSEM. “Since 2013, we have helped many families successfully navigate the health care insurance options available to them under the Affordable Care Act.”

Under the grant, LSEM attorneys and staff will continue to provide outreach and enrollment assistance for children eligible for free or low-cost health insurance from Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Through Connecting Kids to Coverage, LSEM will:

Help families complete applications and gather and submit all required paperwork for Medicaid and CHIP.

Track applications and help families follow up with caseworkers.

Assist families in their communities, schools and homes to reduce barriers to enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP.

Assist parents with applications for free or low cost insurance and tax credits from the Federal health insurance marketplace.

Work with key stakeholders to address barriers for families enrolling in Medicaid and CHIP.

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the rate of uninsurance for Missouri’s children has declined to 6.6 percent in 2014. Based on data from the Urban Institute, 86.6 percent of eligible children in Missouri are enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP. Missouri has the seventh lowest participation rate for Medicaid and CHIP eligible children.

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM) has provided high quality legal assistance in civil cases to the low-income community for 60 years. In 2015, LSEM helped more than 14,000 people (including clients and their household members) in 21 counties of eastern Missouri. LSEM is a registered 501(c)(3) organization that relies upon financial support from individuals, corporations and foundations in our community. If you would like to support our mission, please visit www.lsem.org and click on “donate now.”