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Children's Health Insurance Outreach Program

need coverage?

Find out if your child qualifies for free or low-cost health coverage through Medi-Cal or Healthy Families:

Call 1-877-KIDS-NOW (1-877-543-7669)

Apply online at or

Find additional resources about health coverage options in California for your child.

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Lorena Sanchez

Health Program Coordinator

Contact Lorena to get involved»

The Children’s Defense Fund-California has teamed up with the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) and school districts throughout Southern California on a project to increase the number of parents who apply for and receive free and affordable health insurance for their children.

This project is part of a nation-wide effort made possible by the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) to support states in implementing strategies to identify, enroll, and retain health insurance for children eligible but un-enrolled in publicly managed healthcare programs. For more information, visit the federal CHIPRA website»

Partnerships with School Districts

Since 2012, CDF-CA and AASA have partnered with El Monte Union High School District (EMUHSD) and the Mountain View School District (MVSD) in Los Angeles County for the purpose of piloting effective and efficient school-based health outreach strategies that boost participation of eligible children in Medi-Cal and Healthy Families. The long-term aim is to establish model health outreach practices that can serve as guides for districts across the state and throughout the nation. 

The two goals of the project are:

  1. to increase school district capacity to systemically incorporate child health outreach and insurance enrollment into routine school district operations; and
  2. to identify uninsured children in school districts and link eligible students with Healthy Families and Medi-Cal. 

Latest News & Updates

05.11.13 El Monte Health Benefits Fair educates parents and children about free and affordable health options. Read more» and view the photo album»
05.02.13 Local healthcare specialists discuss children's health issues on El Monte Tonight's A Healthier You with Wendy»
10.15.12 MVSD Superintendent talks about health outreach partnerships with CDF-CA and AASA on the El Monte Tonight Show»
09.10.12 CDF-CA Health Program Coordinator Lorena Sanchez lays out the aims of the project»

Children Need Health Coverage

RAISES TEST SCORES California children who newly enroll in a health coverage program have been shown to have a nearly 63% improvement in performance and paying attention in class.

SAVES LIVES Uninsured children admitted to the emergency room are 60% more likely to die than children with insurance.

REDUCES HOSPITAL VISITS An estimated 6,300 childhood hospitalizations were avoided by Children's/Community Health Initiatives between 2000 and 2005.

SAVES MONEY In 2001, when Medi-Cal stopped requiring children to re-enroll every three months, more children stayed enrolled and received better access to primary and preventive care, ultimately saving California $17 million because children were hospitalized less frequently.