Verlon Johnson: September 7, 2016

CHILDREN COVERED BY HEALTH INSURANCE ARE READY FOR WHATEVER THE SCHOOL YEAR BRINGS

OUTREACH AND ENROLLMENT EFFORTS HELP ELIGIBLE CHILDREN OBTAIN HEALTH COVERAGE YEAR-ROUND

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Verlon Johnson

Associate Consortium Administrator and Director of the Special Initiatives Division, in theConsortium of Medicaid and Children’s Health Operations (CMCHO)

As summer ends and children return to school, making sure they are covered by health insurance is critical. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one out of three children aged 5 to 17 years missed one or more school days due to illness or injury. Children who have health coverage are better prepared to learn and are less likely to miss school because they’re sick. In fact, they are even more likely to complete high school and graduate college compared with their peers who don’t have access to care.

Through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), kids in Georgia can get the immunizations, regular check-ups, eye exams, dental visits, mental health services, prescriptions and other care they may need to fully participate in classroom and after-school activities. Children and teens up to age 19 can get free or low-cost health coverage through these programs. Families can apply for Medicaid and CHIP coverage any time of the year, but the Back-to-School season is the perfect time to enroll! As children start the school year, they may need to submit current health forms or adhere to immunization requirements.

 

Verlon Johnson is available on Wednesday, September 7th to discuss how CMCS is helping eligible children, teens and adults obtain health coverage through Medicaid and CHIP. She also will share information about upcoming community-based enrollment activities.

More About Verlon Johnson:

Verlon Johnson recently completed a brief stint as the Acting Deputy Director for Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) where she focused on topics such as the Zika virus, the Flint water crisis, and other national issues impacting state Medicaid delivery systems.She currently serves as the Associate Consortium Administrator and Director of the Special Initiatives Division, in the Consortium of Medicaid and Children’s Health Operations (CMCHO).  In this role, she oversees the regulatory and policy implementation of the Medicaid and CHIP programs in each of CMS’ ten Regional Offices covering all states and territories.  She provides leadership and guidance to the ten regional offices and leads national efforts that have a direct impact on the nearly 70 million individuals enrolled in the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program.

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