Family Benefits

Program Description

In Chester County, one in eight individuals go to bed hungry and nearly one in ten adults have no insurance. Children who are living without essentials like nutritious food or health care face a tough childhood. It is not easy for them to learn and grow when they may be hungry or suffering from an unaddressed medical need. Research shows that children who lack the essentials during their early years may face long-term effects, including the need for special education – a costly expense that falls to taxpayers.

MCHC has helped thousands of Chester County families gain access to healthcare since 1995 through our Health Insurance Enrollment Initiative. More recently, we expanded our countywide enrollment efforts to include SNAP (food stamps) to meet the needs of the growing number of families experiencing hunger. Bilingual Family Benefits staff enrolls thousands of eligible families every year into health insurance and food benefits programs to ensure that they have what they need to stay healthy. 

No family should have to sacrifice food on the table or ability to bring their child to a doctor. The Family Benefits Program helps families provide the basics – food and health coverage – in order to become healthier and stronger, but we cannot do it alone. By joining us, you can help make sure that families in Chester County have the resources they need to do the world’s most important job: raise a healthy family.

The Family Benefits Program offers:

  • expertise in benefit eligibility determination
  • dedicated follow-up to ensure coverage is approved and maintained
  • training to social service agencies
  • enrollment assistance in 15 locations throughout the county

MCHC has been awarded a $1.5 million U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Connecting Kids to Coverage (CKC) grant to provide health insurance coverage enrollment and navigation assistance to over 11,000 eligible children and their families across Chester, Montgomery, Delaware and Philadelphia counties. MCHC is the only organization in the Commonwealth to be awarded this grant for this three year period. Since 2010, MCHC has been awarded over $5 million dollars in CMS outreach and enrollment grant funding and secured health insurance benefits for 21,000 individuals across the four-county region. This opportunity will help us reach over 11,000 children and families in need of health coverage as we partner with healthcare and social service agencies across Greater Philadelphia. 

Outreach and enrollment grants, such as this CMS-CKC grant, support activities aimed at identifying and enrolling children who are eligible for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The awards, which will have a 3-year performance period, will continue to support activities aimed at informing families of the availability of free or low-cost health coverage under Medicaid and CHIP, identifying children likely to be eligible, and assisting families with the application and renewal process. 

Family Benefits contact: Briana Villagrana, 610-344-5370 x 121, bvillagrana@ccmchc.org

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