Mentorship Boosts Children’s Health Coverage

By Steve Barrett
Sunday, July 1, 2018

Uninsured Latino children in Texas whose parents were mentored by other parents who had obtained Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage for their own children were more likely to obtain coverage than those who received only the usual state enrollment outreach.

At one-year follow-up, the two groups’ rates of obtaining coverage were 95 percent and 69 percent, respectively, according to a University of Connecticut School of Medicine study published in Health Affairs.

The paid, trained mentors, who were also Latino, performed tasks such as helping parents submit applications, and they served as liaisons between the families and the government programs. Additionally, they helped families find medical homes for their children and addressed issues such as poverty that can affect health.