United Way of Kern County is proud to have accepted the Connecting Kids to
Coverage Challenge. We are working locally and with our state association, United
Ways of California, to see that eligible but unenrolled children in our community get
connected to the health coverage they need.
We lend our support to UWCA’s statewide advocacy efforts to promote
simplification of enrollment and renewal processes and streamlining of eligibility
determinations. As a part of these advocacy efforts, we assist by educating business
leaders, legislators, and other community leaders about the importance of health
coverage programs for kids.
Locally, United Way of Kern County is a major supporter of our local 2-1-1 center,
which not only provides callers information on Medi-Cal, Healthy Families, and
other health coverage choices available in our community, but can also enroll
children in the appropriate coverage. We also work closely with our local
Children’s Health Initiative to ensure Kern County kids have access to care. In the
coming months, we will provide opportunities for the families taking advantage of
free tax preparation services at our VITA sites to receive information about health
coverage options available for their children.