Covering Kids & Families of Indiana, Inc. (CKF-IN) is a statewide organization committed to ensuring that all children and families eligible for Medicaid and the State’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) are enrolled. Covering Kids & Families of Indiana is a partnership of more than five hundred organizations and individuals “Advocating Health Coverage for All.” The initiative began in LaPorte County in 2006 and became part of the statewide program in 2008. The statewide vision is for all Hoosier children and families to obtain health care coverage and their mission is to achieve that vision by actively engaging in a CARE model, focusing on:
- Coalition building among health centers, providers, practitioners, faith-based organizations, schools, state agencies and funders throughout Indiana;
- Advocacy to reduce barriers and increase access, availability, and affordability;
- Resource building among our partners to increase access to health care; and
- Education that effectively responds to health disparities and positively influences public policy.
Covering Kids & Families Mission Statement:
To initiate and support a dynamic countywide process to provide access to healthcare coverage for LaPorte and Porter County children.
Covering Kids and Families of Healthy Communities is a member of Covering Kids & Families of Indiana, Inc. (CKF-IN), a statewide organization committed to ensuring that all eligible children and adults are enrolled in available health-care coverage programs.
We employ licensed Indiana Navigators here to help La Porte and Porter County families enroll in and understand state and federal health insurance programs such as Medicaid, Hoosier Healthwise, Presumptive Eligibility for Pregnant Women, the Healthy Indiana Plan and the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Our mission is to help children, families, and adults with the application process, submitting documents, and obtain health coverage. We will provide the information you need to understand copays, power account payments, deductibles, setting up appointments with a primary care provider, and getting the most out of preventive care benefits. Our goal is simple- Make sure your family enrolls in coverage, knows how to use it, and maintain coverage once approved.
In addition to creating awareness through its network about the policies and issues impacting Hoosiers and their health care coverage, Covering Kids & Families of LaPorte County helps establish and operate community-based enrollment centers at hospitals, health centers, schools, child care and other social service providers through LaPorte and Porter County.
- Enroll families whose children qualify for the free lunch program in Medicaid, Hoosier Healthwise, and Healthy Indiana Plan.
- Work with hospitals, clinics, schools, and social service agencies to direct and enroll qualified families.
We are here to help. Visit our contact page and let us know if you are interested in enrolling. You will need to bring the following items along for your appointment: Photo ID, Birth Certificate, Social Security Card, Bank Statement, Utility Bills, Mortgage Statement/Rent Receipt/Landlord Letter, Vehicle Registration or Title, Proof of other income, Proof of Pregnancy, Proof of childcare costs, Proof of child support costs, and Letter from employer stating that you have no access to health insurance (for HIP applicants only).
Healthcare Coverage Information
Having healthcare coverage is more important now than ever. Although testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will be made available for all who need it, coverage is needed to ensure we all are able to get healthy and stay healthy. Consumers with chronic health conditions and those without access to regular medical care are especially vulnerable to the negative effects of the virus and also risk passing it on to others. Now and in the future, Healthy Communities is here to help you . . . every step of the way.
In the past, community members could go to their local Department of Family Resources As outlined below, the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) has made a decision to close its Division of Family Resources (DFR) offices for the time being. As Hoosiers need assistance with online, mail and phone applications, understanding rules and changes, or any other help getting covered and staying covered . . . Covering Kids & Families is here.
Division of Family Resources (DFR) offices will close to the public beginning at the end of the day on 3/20/20 and stay closed until further notice.
Services remain available through other channels:
- The FSSA benefits portal www.fssabenefits.in.gov remains available 24/7 for consumers who need to submit applications or submit changes to their case.
- DFR staff are available by phone at 800-403-0864 to provide customer service Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. local time.
- All scheduled appointments will take place via telephone.
- Clients may continue to send documents to DFR via mail at P.O. Box 1810, Marion, IN 46952.
- Consumers in need of food, cash assistance or health coverage are encouraged to submit applications for SNAP, TANF and health coverage at www.fssabenefits.in.gov.
- Health coverage applications may also be completed over the phone at 800-403-0864.
- Paper applications will be available outside each DFR local office in both English and Spanish and those paper applications may be submitted via mail.
However, Covering Kids & Families of Healthy Communities is still enrolling and providing case management services to our community.
We have established guidelines for our navigator to follow to keep everyone safe and within the recommended guidelines from the CDC.
Marketplace Coverage Updates
Consumers with Marketplace coverage who experience changes to their income should report life changes right away. Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute’s CHIRblog offers some frequently asked questions regarding Marketplace coverage such as:
- If you have experienced a sudden drop in income due to loss of work hours or employment, how do you know if you can apply for tax credits on the Marketplace?
- How do I estimate my income amid job uncertainty?
Consumers who find themselves needing Marketplace coverage may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP). Here are some of the events that trigger a Marketplace SEP:
- Loss of qualifying health coverage including loss of employer coverage
- Change in Household size
- Change in primary place of living including moving into a domestic violence shelter
- Change in eligibility for Marketplace coverage or eligibility for help paying for coverage
- Consumers have 60 days from the date of the qualifying event to enroll in coverage
Covering Kids and Family of LaPorte County Coalition meets monthly. To be added to the distribution list for meeting information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact our enrollment navigators at 219-809-9094 for Free, unbiased help.
Or, schedule an appointment here