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(LAS VEGAS, KXNT)–A local social service agency that has providing services of the Valley’s children for more than a decade has received a federal grant to sign up uninsured children for health insurance.

The Positively Kids Foundation has received the $895,000 federal grant to reach out–mostly through cooperation with Clark County Schools–in reaching an estimated 129,000 young people who are eligible for Medicaid coverage.

“This is an automatic extension of trying to get children in Nevada enrolled on to the Medicaid system”, said Fred Schultz, CEO of the Foundation. There are an estimated 129,000 children in Nevada who are uninsured but are eligible for coverage under federal guidelines and provisions in the Affordable Health Care Act.

The Positively Kids Foundation is a non-profit that has provided services to children who are health-fragile or developmentally-delayed. It has operated since  late 1999.

Under the two-year grant, the group will be working with with 43 Clark County elementary schools to locate and sign up some of the estimated 117,000 eligible children in the Las Vegas area.. There will be 24 separate workshops conducted during the grant period. Special work will be dedicated to promulgating knowledge of this program to parents–many of whom are Spanish-speaking–who are unaware of these benefits.

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