'Door Knockers' help uninsured kids get coverage

Kaiser Health News

June 16, 2010


NEW ORLEANS — For 55-year-old Hilda Johnson, who cares for her two young grandsons, the "Walkers/Talkers" program was a godsend. Johnson, who is disabled, didn’t know how to get insurance coverage for Bryce, 3, and Brian, 4. Then last year, someone from Kingsley House, a nonprofit agency that runs Walkers/Talkers, came to her house and helped her enroll the boys in Medicaid, the state-federal program for the poor.

Neighbors helping neighbors in Louisiana: The Walkers/Talkers program enrolls eligible but uninsured kids by going door-to-door in low-income areas. Since the program started, more than 7,000 children have gained health coverage through CHIP or Medicaid.
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