In July 2014, the City of Savannah was one of eight cities selected by the National League of Cities to receive a grant to launch the “Campaign for Healthy Kids and Families” to help expand healthcare coverage for uninsured children—19 and under– in the Savannah-Chatham County community. The Campaign seeks to increase awareness of the options available to families who are straining to pay for family health insurance plans.
The Campaign for Healthy Kids is an initiative that is building on existing enrollment efforts, and leveraging community resources in order to reduce the number of uninsured Chatham County children by 50% by the end of 2015. The Campaign targets working families with uninsured children or families whose children are at risk of falling off health insurance plans because they’re unaffordable, or due to losing a job, a cut in hours or other life-changing event.
An estimated 80% of children in Chatham County currently qualify for insurance through the public health insurance programs, PeachCare for Kids and Medicaid. Many parents, however, are not aware that their children are eligible or they don’t know where to get help to enroll their child.
In May 2016, the Campaign was awarded a 2-year, $580,000 federal grant to continue offering free enrollment assistors to all parents/legal guardians through May 2018. Safety Net encourages everyone in Chatham County to make sure all eligible children and teens get and maintain comprehensive health insurance! Please click here to find an enrollment assistor.
Testimonial from a parent on our services:
I just wanted to let you both know how much I appreciate your assistance in working out my application for insurance and SNAP benefits.
I received a notification letter last week that my application was processed and approved, and now I’ll be able to get my son the help he needs. I am so relieved! I don’t know how I would have navigated the system without your help.
These public health insurance programs offer either free or low-cost children’s health care coverage. Medicaid is no cost. For PeachCare for Kids, parents either pay no premium or up to $72 per month for two or more children for coverage. Premium depends on family size and income level. There is no deductible or co-pays for Medicaid. There is no deductible or copays under PeachCare for children up to 6 years old. For children older than 7 years old, co-pays average $2 or $3 and prescription medications $.50.
Children must be:
Under age 19
A resident of Georgia;
A U.S. citizen or have a parent who has been a permanent resident for at least 5 years; and
Meet eligibility requirements based on income and family size.
Parents will need to bring the following documents to their appointment:
Parents can also visit georgia.gateway.gov to enroll on their own for Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids. Be reminded that if you go through the Compass.gov website, parents will have to wait 45 days for a determination for Medicaid before applying for PeachCare for Kids and wait 45 days for another determination. If your family does not qualify for Medicaid, it is faster to apply directly to PeachCare for Kids with a paper application. For PeachCare for Kids, paper applications are recommended and they can be downloaded at www.peachcare.org.
Campaign for Healthy Kids and Families Enrollment Assistance Partners for Medicaid, PeachCare for Kids and Pregnancy Medicaid.
Campaign for Healthy Kids and Families Youth Outreach
Public Service Announcements written for kids, by kids raising awareness of the importance of health coverage for our children and on where to access free, in-person enrollment assistance in Chatham County