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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 31, 2014

Health department reaches out to teens about health care coverage options

Sep 25, 2013

The Lee County Health Department has been providing outreach to southeast Iowa teens this year to raise awareness about affordable health care coverage options, including hawk-i and Iowa Medicaid through its Child Health grant.

The Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act provided grant money for promotional activities to make teens and their families aware of the importance of health care coverage. Lee County Health Department’s Child Health program used some of its grant funds to raffle off an iPod Nano at the Van Buren County Safe and Healthy Kids Fair in August.

“Iowa teens are at high risk of being uninsured, especially during the late teen years when they may be transitioning from a parent’s household to living on their own,” said Melissa Calvillo, hawk-i outreach coordinator at Lee County Health Department. “The raffle helped us to reach teens so that we can assess their need for health care coverage and get information to them and their parents about affordable options.”

Jenaray Mushaney from Stockport is the latest raffle winner.

“Without insurance, Jenaray wouldn’t be able to be seen by a doctor because it would cost $95 just for an office visit and that’s not including any needed prescriptions,” said her mother Tamara Lemke.

Lee County Health Department’s Child Health Program serves individuals ages 0-21 years old in Davis, Des Moines, Jefferson, Lee, and Van Buren counties to provide information, outreach and health screening services.

Calvillo says, “Many families are struggling to make sense of all of the different health care options available. Our program helps take the frustration out of the process by being a local resource with knowledgeable staff.”

For more information about affordable health care coverage options, call Calvillo at 800-458-6672.

 

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