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Archived News Release from 2003

For Immediate Release

Redwood City 2020 Joins with San Mateo County to Enroll Kids in Health Insurance

Redwood City, CA - April 17, 2003 - Redwood City 2020 is helping San Mateo County's "Healthy Kids" program by hosting health insurance enrollment events in Redwood City. This is an opportunity for families without coverage to obtain health insurance for their children, up to age 19. Enrollment events will take place on April 26th at Sequoia High School, 1201 Brewster Avenue, and on May 3rd at Hawes Elementary School, 909 Roosevelt Avenue. Both events are from 10 am to 4 pm, and include family entertainment, games, free food, and health information for all participants.

By offering the Healthy Kids program, San Mateo County wants to ensure that all children in the County have access to health insurance. The program is designed for families with income up to 400 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, which is still below the County's estimated cost to raise a family.

These events will increase enrollment in the both State and Federal Medi-Cal and Healthy Families programs (for eligible children), and the Healthy Kids program, which the County is launching to cover those children who are not eligible for the State and Federal programs. Immigration status is not an issue for enrollment, and with this approach these two agencies hope to enroll about 14,600 previously uninsured San Mateo County children into Medi-Cal, Healthy Families, and Healthy Kids.

San Mateo County's new $7.7 million program to provide universal coverage was jump-started by a pledge of $2.3 million per year from the county's First Five Commission, which will apply Proposition 10 cigarette tax funds to this effort. It has been supplemented by $2.1 million per year from the Sequoia and Peninsula Health Care Districts to cover children in their service areas, $700,000 from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and $250,000 from Peninsula Community Foundation, which manages all non-governmental funds for the initiative. Information about the County's program may be obtained by contacting Toby Douglas, San Mateo County Health Services, at 650-573-2095.

Redwood City 2020 is a collaborative effort involving Redwood City, San Mateo County, the Redwood City School District, and the Sequoia Union High School District. It also receives support from the Peninsula Community Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, the United Way of San Mateo County, the Peninsula Partnership for Children, Youth, and Families, and the Children and Families First Commission of San Mateo County. Visit Redwood City 2020's website at www.redwoodcity2020.org.

Visit Redwood City's website at www.redwoodcity.org for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, City government, and local business. Redwood City news releases are also available online, at www.redwoodcity.org/news.

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Contact:
Beth Ross, Executive Director
Redwood City 2020
650-780-7393


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