In today’s recession, many of our families have to choose between food, clothing and medical care for their children. The arrival at the emergency department with a problem that could have been treated more timely is not the best solution for our children’s needs. Based on concerns brought to the board from local pediatrician, Dr. Marty Michaels, the Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership provided a solution to address the problem of uninsured children in our area. The solution was to provide a child health advocate to assist families through the labyrinth of Medicaid/PeachCare enrollment by providing streamlined and convenient assistance.
With the support of our community, the Healthcare Partnership secured funding to provide a child health advocate who is assisting families through the enrollment and re- determination process of Medicaid/PeachCare. The child health advocate initiative emulates our MedBank program started in 2002. At that time, seniors were making tough choices every day as to whether to buy food and gas or their medicines. We know that in the first five years of existence, $10 million in prescription medications have been provided to people in Whitfield and Murray Counties. In 2005 MedBank became a program of our local county health departments.
Currently, 5,400 children have been enrolled or re-determined in Medicaid or PeachCare benefits through the child health advocate. An article in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, tells us that communities save $2,394 for every child that they insure or keep insured. Based on their research, just these 5,400 enrollments or re-determinations have saved our community $12,927,600. Reyna Peinado currently holds the child health advocate position and can be contacted at (706) 272-6630.
“It Happens Everyday… and we’re doing something about it!” Reyna received a call from a single mother requesting assistance with Medicaid. She was referred to the Healthcare Partnership by Big Brothers Big Sisters. The mother explained she attempted to gain Medicaid benefits for her two daughters several times in the past, but she was always rejected for unknown reasons. Reyna immediately assisted her with her Medicaid application noting just one barely noticeable mistake hindering her Medicaid approval. In a matter of days her children showed activein the web-portal and on Medicaid after Reyna’s assistance. The approval of the Medicaid was extremely important for her youngest daughter because this allowed her to receive a necessary MRI to help determine treatment for an on growing mass in her daughter’s leg.
Child Health Advocate
Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership
706.272.6662 x106 Office | 706.618.6455 Mobile
530 N. Elm Street | Dalton GA, 30720
8:00AM – 4:30PM
213 N. Frederick St. | Dalton, GA 30721
Documents needed to apply for Medicaid/PeachCare
- Birth certificates/social security cards for all children
- Parent photo ID
- ID for children over age 16
- Last 4 consecutive check stubs
- If unemployed, letter explaining how family is being supported financially
- Medicaid/PeachCare cards (for renewals)
- Insurance cards for all children with insurance
- PeachCare Family account number
*If applying for newborn please call in advance
Documentos necesarios para aplicar para Medicaid/PeachCare
- Actas de nacimiento y tarjetas de seguro social de todos los niños
- D de los papas
- D de los niños de más de 16 años de edad
- Los últimos 4 talones de cheque
- Si no trabaja, carta de cómo se suporta la familia
- Tarjetas de seguro de Medicaid/PeachCare
- Tarjeta de seguro medico
- Número de cuenta familiar de PeachCare
*Llamar con anticipación si es aplicación para un recién nacido