September 9, 2014
Mayor William Peduto’s Healthy Together enrollment campaign, made possible through a $200,000 grant from the National League of Cities (NLC), partnered last week with the United Way of Allegheny County and Ready Freddy to reach families at Pittsburgh Langley K-8 on the first day of kindergarten.
The mayor encouraged kids to start the school year strong and stressed the importance of healthcare coverage to parents – an essential ingredient for a healthy and successful school year. The Consumer Health Coalition (CHC) was onsite providing free enrollment services to parents eager to learn more about their healthcare options. Families across the region who are interested in learning about coverage options should contact CHC at 412-456-1877 or visit www.consumerhealthcoalition.org.
There are approximately 9,000 uninsured youth across Allegheny County, and almost 2,000 of these children live in the city of Pittsburgh. Most qualify for yet are not enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP. These children are five times more likely to have an unmet medical need and three times more likely to not have access to vital medication such as asthma inhalers. Further, uninsured kids are 30 percent less likely to get medical treatment when injured.