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Capital BlueCross Reaches Out to Families of Uninsured Children
Date:3/23/2009

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Mindful of the downfall of the current economy and the loss of jobs resulting in more uninsured children, Capital BlueCross is ramping up its outreach efforts to raise awareness about the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) during Cover the Uninsured Week today through March 28.

The Children's Health Insurance Program is a state\federally-funded health insurance program that covers children through age 18 who are not eligible for Medical Assistance and have no other health insurance. It covers regular check-ups, sick visits, inpatient hospital care, immunizations, emergency care, outpatient surgery, dental, vision, hearing and prescription drugs. A child's age and family income determine whether he or she is eligible for the free, low-cost or at-cost insurance.

Families enrolled in CHIP through Capital BlueCross can also take advantage of Free 'n Fit, a no-cost child lifestyle management program geared toward helping overweight children and their parents learn how to build healthy eating and activity habits that can last a lifetime.

"The health of all children is a big priority for Capital BlueCross," said Bill Lehr, president & CEO. "With today's unstable economy now more than ever families are scrambling to find quality health care for their children. The answer is CHIP. It is available for all children in this commonwealth and Capital BlueCross is committed to finding and enrolling as many eligible children as possible."

Capital BlueCross is partnering with a number of community organizations this week throughout the region to provide information, applications and enrollment assistance for CHIP. The outreach efforts culminate with Capital BlueCross Day at the Banana Factory in Bethlehem from 3-6 p.m. on March 28. Parents of uninsured children can meet with an outreach coordinator to have their questions answered about CHI
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