KCHIP enrollment available at Eminence Christian Church

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By Cindy DiFazio

Staff writer/photographer

The Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program is reaching out to Henry County residents.

According to KCHIP’s Web site there are an estimated 67,000 eligible Kentucky children who remain uninsured. To address the problem KCHIP set up satellite locations in outlying counties to make it easier for residents to enroll.

Enrollment Specialist Bobbie Mercer recently set up a space at the Eminence Christian Church to assist local families who need coverage.

“I can help anybody who wants to sign up,” she said, “to fill out the application and make sure they have the right documentation.”

Mercer said often someone will receive an application, fill it out as best they can and mail it in without proper proof of income or inadequate information. “When that happens the application sits in a pending file or is denied,” she said.

The program works differently than other government-backed insurers.

Mercer said KCHIP can assist families who earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but still can’t afford private insurance. “It may just be a temporary thing to get them through a rough period,” she said.

Mercer said people affected by lay-offs or other types of job loss also may qualify for KCHIP. “This can help people get back on their feet,” she said.

Some details of the plan are as follows.

A family is defined as child(ren) and the natural or adoptive parents residing together in a household. Children under the age of 19 who live in families with income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level may qualify. For instance, a family of four with an income of up to $3,675 monthly ($44,100 yearly) may apply.

KCHIP covers doctor visits, dental care, hospitalization and outpatient hospital services, psychiatrists, mental health services, lab tests and x-rays, vision exams and glasses, hearing services, prescriptions, immunizations and well-child checkups, physical and speech therapy as well as other services.

Mercer will be available each Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Eminence Christian Church. She recommends making an appointment by calling her at (502) 287-3885 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. “If someone can’t make it in I can even meet them at a restaurant or assist them over the phone,” she said.

For more information, visit the Web site at www.kidshealth.ky.gov.

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