June 21, 2010
Child Health Plus And School Meals Enrollment Coordination Act of 2011 Passes Senate The NYS Senate today approved the Child Health Plus and School Meals Enrollment Coordination Act of 2011 (S.4057-B), which preserves good health and nutrition as part of early development. Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) is one of the sponsors of the legislation.
The Child Health Plus and School Meals Enrollment Coordination Act of 2011 simply requires coordination between Child Health Plus, Medicaid, and School Meals programs to ensure that children who are eligible and enrolled for free and reduced price school meals are also enrolled in Child Health Plus or Medicaid to ensure they have ready access to health care. The bill helps to streamline important health and nutritional services, ensuring that eligible children receive necessary medical care and that no child goes hungry. Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn), Chair of the Senate Committee on Children and Families said, “Good health and good nutrition go hand-in-hand, and that's why it is so important to improve coordination between the State's Child Health Plus, Medicaid and School Meals programs. This bill helps removes barriers to health care access for children throughout the state by making it possible for those who qualify for free or reduced lunch to be automatically enrolled in CHP or Medicaid.” New York State has shown a long-standing commitment to providing for the health care and nutrition of its residents and is a national leader in health care innovation. The Child Health Plus Insurance Program and the School Lunch Program are a couple of those successful innovations. Despite the successful history of Child Health Plus, hundreds of thousands of children are not reaping the benefits of this vital public health program. About 250,000 children in New York State are uninsured, with approximately 220,000 of those children eligible for, but not participating in, Medicaid or Child Health Plus.