In Chester County one in eight individuals go to bed hungry and nearly one in ten adults have no insurance. Children who are living without essentials like nutritious food or health care face a tough childhood. It is not easy for them to learn and grow when they may be hungry or suffering from an unaddressed medical need. Research shows that children who lack the essentials during their early years may face long-term effects, including the need for special education – a costly expense that falls to taxpayers.
MCHC has helped thousands of disadvantaged Chester County families gain access to healthcare since 1995 through our Health Insurance Enrollment Initiative. More recently, we have expanded our countywide enrollment efforts to include SNAP (food stamps) to meet the needs of the growing number of families experiencing hunger. Bilingual staff of our Family Benefits Program enrolls participants in resources that are key to their families’ health and success.
The Family Benefits Program offers:
- expertise in benefit eligibility determination
- dedicated follow-up to ensure coverage is approved and maintained
- training to social service agencies
- enrollment assistance in 15 locations throughout the county
MCHC was selected as one of only 39 grantees nationwide to receive a special Children’s Health Insurance Program enrollment grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The award proves the success of our work, and enables us to be part of a national initiative to expand our work to link uninsured children to health coverage in Chester County and share our best practices regionally.
No family should have to sacrifice food on the table to be able to bring their child to a doctor. The Family Benefits Program helps families provide the basics – food and health coverage – in order to become healthier and stronger, but we cannot do it alone. By joining us, you can help make sure that families in Chester have the resources they need to do the world’s most important job: raise a healthy family.