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Children's Health Initiative Celebrates Second Year of Insuring San Mateo County's Children


For Immediate Release
Date: January 6, 2022
Contact: Toby Douglas, San Mateo County Health Department
Phone: 650-573-2095
Email: [email protected]

SAN MATEO, CA - On Saturday, January 8, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., hundreds of San Mateo County families will attend the Children's Health Initiative's (CHI) second annual anniversary celebration and enrollment event at the San Mateo County Human Services Agency on 2500 Middlefield Road in Redwood City. At the event, families will have the opportunity to renew their enrollment in the County's Healthy Kids insurance program. There are currently 5,137 San Mateo children enrolled in the Healthy Kids program, which provides health, dental, vision and mental health coverage for every child in the county, up to 400 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. An estimated 14,600 uninsured children live in households in the county that fall into that economic category. Healthy Kids covers children who are not eligible for other medical insurance plans for low-income residents including Medi-Cal and Healthy Families.

At the event, staff will be on hand to help residents complete the forms necessary to apply for health insurance coverage for their uninsured children. In addition, staff will assist families complete the annual reapplication process so that their children continue to receive comprehensive coverage through Medi-Cal, Healthy Families or Healthy Kids.

Since January 2003, the San Mateo County Children's Health Initiative Coalition has offered every child in the County access to comprehensive health insurance coverage. On the first enrollment day 1,000 children enrolled in the various health insurance programs including Healthy Kids.

CHI was established to address community-wide concern that at least 17,000 San Mateo County children lacked access to comprehensive health insurance coverage. Through the efforts of a broad-based, local coalition, CHI increased enrollment in existing state and federal Medi-Cal and Healthy Families programs, and launched Healthy Kids to cover the children who are not eligible for the other two programs. Immigration status is not an issue.

The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors has supported the Initiative from its inception, creating the CHI Coalition made of key staff from the Hospital Consortium of San Mateo, the Health Plan of San Mateo, Peninsula Community Foundation, San Mateo County Central Labor Council, First 5 San Mateo County, the San Mateo County Health Department, and the San Mateo County Human Services Agency.

The county's First Five Commission jump-started CHI with a pledge of $2.3 million per year. Additional funding is provided by San Mateo County, the Sequoia and Peninsula Health Care Districts, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Peninsula Community Foundation, which manages all non-governmental funds for the initiative.

For more information on the San Mateo County Children's Health Initiative, call (650) 573-3595 or visit