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Hospitals Join Effort to Enroll More Children in Health Insurance Programs; Health Facilities Will Host ’Back to School’ Sign-up Events


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New Jersey Sen. Joseph Vitale (D-Woodbridge) and state Human Services Commissioner James Davy will join members of the Covering Kids and Families Coalition at a news conference Aug. 11 at 2:15 p.m. at the New Jersey Hospital Association to draw attention to the plight of more than 223,000 New Jersey children without health insurance. This year, hospitals will take a more active role in signing up kids for coverage.

The event is part of a sixth annual nationwide Back-to-School effort funded by the Princeton-based Robert Wood Johnson Foundation geared to enrolling more kids in health insurance programs. This year’s launch comes on the heels of recent legislation that makes the NJ FamilyCare program more accessible and affordable. Studies show that children without health insurance are more likely to be absent from school and experience classroom performance challenges than those with regular access to healthcare services.

Through its Covering Kids and Families initiative, the RWJ Foundation works with coalitions in all 50 states to increase enrollment in insurance programs such as NJ FamilyCare. More than 60 organizations from across the state are involved in New Jersey’s coalition.

WHAT: Covering Kids and Families Back-to-School news conference

WHO: N.J. State Sen. Joseph Vitale, N.J. State Human Services Commissioner James Davy, members of New Jersey’s Covering Kids and Families Coalition, New Jersey Hospital Association representatives and a N.J. family enrolled in the NJ FamilyCare program

WHERE: New Jersey Hospital Association, 760 Alexander Rd., West Windsor, N.J., a half-mile east of Route 1

WHEN: 2:15 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 11

For more information and directions contact: Kerry McKean Kelly, 609-275-4069


EDITOR’S NOTE: Press kits and interviews with FamilyCare beneficiaries will be available. Also, the state’s colorful FamilyCare enrollment bus will be parked at the news conference and accessible for tours.


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