/New Research Shows Thousands of Nevada Children Are Eligible but Not Enrolled

Clark County Commissioner, Area Health Officer, Local Leaders

Launch Back-to-School Campaign to Enroll Uninsured Children in Nevada Check Up

August 7, 2006

New Research Shows Thousands of Nevada Children are Eligible
but not Enrolled

LAS VEGAS—On Wednesday, August 9, the Nevada Covering Kids & Families coalition will launch an intensive two-month push to enroll eligible, uninsured children in Medicaid and Nevada Check Up. Part of the national Covering Kids & Families Back-to-School Campaign, the effort will kick off with a news conference highlighting new data on Nevada’s uninsured children. A health and enrollment fair in conjunction with the press conference will run from 9 a.m. to noon to help enroll children in Medicaid and Nevada Check Up, as well as provide free health screenings and school supplies. In addition, the mascot for the Las Vegas 51’s will be giving away baseball tickets to children.

The new study, conducted by the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC), documents the consequences of being uninsured and the importance of programs such as Nevada Check Up in providing a safety net for working families in an era when private, employer-sponsored coverage is on the decline. According to the data, many Nevada children are eligible to receive low-cost or free health care coverage through Nevada Check Up, but are not enrolled.

Las Vegas is one of eight targeted cities in the United States where the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Covering Kids & Families Initiative is concentrating its efforts. Local organizations leading this effort include the Southern Nevada Health District, Nevada Office of Minority Health, Nevada Health Services, East Valley Family Services and Nevada Check Up.

What Back-to-School 2006 press conference and health fair

Organized by the Nevada Covering Kids & Families coalition, guest speakers include: Myrna Williams, Clark County Commissioner; Dr. Donald S. Kwalick, Chief Health Officer, Southern Nevada Health District; Dr. Larry Gamell, Program Manager, Nevada Office of Minority Health; Diana Taylor, R.N., Director of School Nurses, Clark County School District; families enrolled in Medicaid and Nevada Check Up; and a video address from U.S. Senator Harry Reid

Where Cambridge Recreation Center
3930 Cambridge Street
Las Vegas, NV 89119

Wednesday, August 9, 2006
Health and Enrollment Fair: 9 a.m. to noon
Press Conference: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.


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The Southern Nevada Health District serves as the local public health authority for Clark County, Boulder City, Henderson, Las Vegas, Mesquite and North Las Vegas. The agency safeguards the public health of the community’s residents and visitors through innovative programs, regulations, and initiatives focused on protecting and promoting their health and well-being. More information about the Health District, its programs, services, and the regulatory oversight it provides is available at www.SNHD.info.