Dear County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:
As we approach the end of the first open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, I appreciate the work you have done to connect children, families, and others to health coverage. I urge you to join me as we make the final push to March 31, the end of the open enrollment period, and get as many families enrolled in health coverage as possible. Our work with the Children’s Partnership’s ALL IN for Health Campaign was a real contributor to getting more than 1.6 million Californians to enroll for either Covered California health insurance plans (please see the Covered California Web page at http://news.coveredca.com/2014/02/strong-enrollment-numbers-released-by.html#more) or Medi-Cal. Many of these are students, parents, and employees connected to our schools.
As education leaders, we have an important role to play in keeping children, families, and school employees healthy. We all know that healthy kids are good learners and that teachers can’t teach to an empty classroom. Regular checkups, dental care, eyeglasses, and other preventive care measures make a difference.
The ALL IN for Health Campaign makes it easy for schools, early learning programs, and after school sites to help families. Please see the ALL IN Healthcare for all Families Web page at http://www.allinforhealth.org/ for more information. Here are two things you can do between now and the end of March:
I hope you will help our schools get the word out and connect families to health coverage. Together, we can make a difference in the health and well-being of the children we see every day.