When a child’s health is good during their growing years, economic benefits accrue to them and society as they age. Better childhood health is linked to improved educational attainment, better employment opportunities and higher income in adulthood. Unfortunately, many of our children don’t have the tools they need to succeed. For example, health insurance is key for children to gain access to health care services to keep them well. However, tens of thousands of children in southeast Pennsylvania don’t have health insurance even though most of them are eligible for public coverage.
PCCY’s health related work focuses on the following critical issues in our continuing commitment to address the needs of every child:
- Ensure children have health insurance – by enrolling children in public coverage and ensuring the health benefits are comprehensive, that applying and re-applying is simple and that all children qualify – including children who are undocumented.
- Improve children’s access to health care services – primarily to behavioral health, dental and vision care services.
- Reduce childhood lead poisoning in Philadelphia.
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The Dream Care Coalition is working to make health insurance coverage available for every child in Pennsylvania, including children who do not have legal immigration status.
You can find a list of coalition members below. To learn more about PCCY’s efforts to expand coverage to all kids, visit our Dream Care – Cover ALL Kids Campaign page by clicking here.
If you would like to join PCCY and our partners in making health insurance for all children a reality, contact Colleen McCauley, PCCY Health Policy Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org and 215-563-5848 x33.
Child Health Watch Helpline assists families in finding health insurance for their children. We help with applications for public health insurance, either Medical Assistance (MA) or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and to resolve enrollment problems. This service is free and is available in any language.
Helpline staff also helps families find health care services such as primary care, dental, vision, and behavioral health care that they can access with or without insurance.
Call PCCY’s Child Health Watch Helpline at 215-563-5848 x17.
Share this flyer to tell others about PCCY’s Child Health Watch Helpline. It is translated into multiple languages.
PCCY’s Bottom Line Report found that more than 20,000 suburban children have no health insurance, yet the majority of them qualify for public health insurance. Approximately 1 in 3 children in every county is obese or overweight, and the rate rose in three out of four counties.
Click here for a summary of the Bottom Line Health Reports – Learn more about the state of children’s health across Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties.
Click on the links below for the full reports in all four counties.
PCCY has achieved a victory for children’s vision! With the help of our partners and a letter signed by 497 Sight Day parents and volunteers, PCCY successfully advocated for CHIP to clarify their replacement glasses policy. CHIP now covers one pair of replacement glasses per year when they are lost, scratched or broken beyond repair. To help get the word out about this exciting new benefit, please distribute the flyer below to any interested parties.
PCCY has developed a set of resource guides to help parents, school nurses and counselors, early education professionals, health care providers and others who care for children, particularly with Medicaid and CHIP coverage, find a behavioral health care provider. We’ve published two guides, one for infants and toddlers and one for children and adolescents in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties for children . For Philadelphia, the guide is in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.
Philadelphia Guide Books
- Birth To Five (English – Updated 2016)
- Children and Adolescents (Available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese)
Limited hard copies of these guides are available by calling PCCY at 215-563-5848 x11 to request.