News release from CANI:
Covering Kids and Families of Northeast Indiana receives $20,000 from MDwise to support efforts to enroll more children and adults in state health plans
(April 7, 2011) – Covering Kids and Families of Northeast Indiana (CKF-NEIN) recently received a $20,000 donation from MDwise, a statewide managed health care organization, to further its efforts to enroll more eligible children and families in the state’s Medicaid health plans.
CKF-NEIN is a coalition of partners overseen by Community Action of Northeast Indiana (CANI) that works to inform residents about state health insurance options and offers enrollment assistance to eligible individuals. CKF-NEIN serves Allen, DeKalb, Noble, Steuben, Whitley, LaGrange and Kosciusko Counties. Statewide, CKF of Indiana is made up of more than 500 partnering organizations committed to ensuring that all Hoosier children and families eligible for Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) are enrolled.
The $20,000 donation from MDwise will support CKF-NEIN’s mission to help all Northeast Indiana children and adults receive health coverage. MDwise is Indiana’s only not-for-profit managed care organization exclusively serving the state’s Medicaid population through three health plans – Hoosier Healthwise, the Healthy Indiana Plan and Care Select.
MDwise’s donation continues the organization’s long-standing support of CKF-NEIN. Just last August, the organization donated 200 backpacks through CKF-NEIN to the Back to School event in DeKalb County. CKF-NEIN and MDwise also partnered in sponsoring a community wide baby shower in Allen County.
With the help of MDwise and other supporters, CKF-NEIN conducts various special events, such as enrollment events, and disseminates information about the state’s health plan options to Northeast Indiana residents. Additional CKF-NEIN supporters include: Parkview Foundation, Parkview Whitley Foundation, Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne and Managed Health Services (MHS).
For more information or for help enrolling in HIP or Hoosier Healthwise, please contact Paige Wilkins, Program Supervisor of Covering Kids & Families, (260) 423-3546.
Covering Kids & Families of Northeast Indiana isÂ part of a statewide organization committed to identifying and enrolling children and adults eligible for insurance through the state’s Hoosier Healthwise and Healthy Indiana Plan. CKF-NEIN carries out its mission of “Advocating Health Coverage for All” by partnering with local agencies and organizations to develop outreach strategies. CKF helps establish enrollment centers, track enrollment trends, study policy changes, and provide technical assistance to hospitals, health centers, schools, child care and other service providers. Statewide, CKF-IN operates in twenty-one counties that serve more than 51% of families and children enrolled in Medicaid and SCHIP. CKF-NEIN has a remarkable group of partners dedicated to reducing the number of uninsured in Northeast Indiana. For more information, or to become a partner, contact Paige Wilkins at www.ckfindiana.orgor visit
MDwise is Indiana’s only not-for-profit managed health care company exclusively serving many of the state’s most underserved citizens – Hoosier children and adults who are uninsured or underinsured. MDwise’s services are currently provided to more than 300,000 Hoosier Healthwise, Care Select and Healthy Indiana Plan members in partnership with more than 1,400 primary medical providers and a statewide array of specialists, hospitals and other providers. By providing a fully integrated network of hospitals, community health centers, physicians and ancillary providers, MDwise’s services offer a coordinated, comprehensive approach to managing the cost and utilization of Indiana’s health care services. For more information, visit .