Visit the Coastal Campaign for Healthy Kids website to find an enrollment assistor for Medicaid or PeachCare for Kids!
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.
Thank you both,
Ayo N. (August 2015)
Georgia Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids General Overview
Please click on their respective tabs for more detailed information. To see if you qualify by income and family size, please refer to the 2017 Income Eligibility Sheet.
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:
- Your family’s most recent tax return (Form 1040) or your wage and earning statement (W-2 Form) or current pay stubs (covering the last 4 weeks).
- Your children’s Social Security numbers or the date applied for if you have not received a Social Security card
- Government issued ID (includes driver’s license, passport, US or foreign, consular identification card).
There is no open enrollment period as these programs are open year-round, 365 days a year.
Visit the Coastal Campaign for Healthy Kids website or call 912-661-3040 for more information.
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.
Bull Street Public Library
2002 Bull Street
2nd Tuesday of each month 5:00pm-8:00pm
Walk-ins or By Appointment:
St. Mary’s Community Center
812 W. 36th Street, Savannah
First Hispanic Baptist Church (Se habla Español)
1 Gamble Road, Savannah
No appointment necessary
Tuesday 6:00pm-9:00pm & Thursday 9:00am-4:00pm, 5:00pm-8:00pm,
By Appointment Only:
Moses Jackson Advancement Center
1410B Richards Street, Savannah
– Ask for Natasha Butler
Chatham County Safety Net Planning Council
Chatham County Health Department
1395 Eisenhower Drive, Savannah
-Ask for LaToya Brannen
Curtis V Cooper Primary Health Care
106 E. Broad Street, Savannah
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00am-5:00pm, Tuesday & Thursday 8:00am-7:00pm, Saturday 8:00am-2:00pm
-Ask for Erika Riley
Step Up Savannah
428 Bull Street, Savannah
-Ask for Robyn Wainner
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