Mountain States Group Announces Grant Award for Covering Idaho Kids

For Immediate Release…

Mountain States Group Announces Grant Award for Covering Idaho Kids

Boise, Idaho, July 10, 2013: Covering Idaho Kids, a program of Mountain States Group, Inc., has received additional funding from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the amount of $539,956 for two years. Covering Idaho Kids is one of 41 grantees nationwide and will continue to raise awareness of Idaho’s children’s health insurance program.

“We know that when children get covered, they are more likely to get the preventive care they need to stay healthy and that families have more security in a health emergency. Currently, almost 50,000 children in the state of Idaho are uninsured and over half of those are eligible, but not enrolled in public health insurance,” said David Chase, Covering Idaho Kids program director. “This grant award will ensure that more Idaho families are aware of low-cost health insurance options for children.”

Covering Idaho Kids relies on an outstanding team of community health workers to provide public education to families around the Treasure Valley and beyond. Covering Idaho Kids staff can also train organizations and agencies that serve families so that they are better equipped to explore health insurance options with their clients. The program partners with community health centers, employers, schools, and libraries, among other organizations.
If you would like to schedule a training session for your organization or know a child who needs health coverage, please call David Chase at 208-3335-5533 x 233. Also see for more information.


Covering Idaho Kids is dedicated to increasing the enrollment of underserved Idaho children and teens in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Mountain States Group, Inc. changes lives every day. Individuals, families, local communities and national programs have benefited from Mountain States Group’s programs for almost 40 years. How? Through a host of services in areas of rural health, mental health, public health and policy, healthy children and families, refugee services and economic development, and healthy aging.

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Outreach Worker Brochure

For application assistance, download this brochure and contact an outreach worker near you.
Covering Idaho Kids Brochure

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Covering Idaho Kids on Facebook

Don’t forget to check out our Covering Idaho Kids Facebook page! We update it often with health related information for kids and families. Don’t forget to ‘like’ the page to receive timely updates!

Here’s the link for our Facebook page:

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Schedule – Covering Idaho Kids in the New Year – Tuesday, January 29

Do you or does someone you know need Children’s Health Insurance? You may be eligible for aid and not even know it. Outreach workers will be available at the following locations and times on January 29, 2013!  Stop by and ask questions to learn more about the services available to you!

*Spanish/English Bilingual Outreach Worker Available

Southwest Idaho

CONTACT: David Chase
PHONE: 208-336-5533×233

*Mountain States Group Office, 8:30am-4:30pm
1607 W. Jefferson, Boise, ID 83702

*Boise Public Library, Downtown, 10:00am-Noon
715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, ID 83702

St. Vincent De Paul – State St., 10:00am-Noon
6464 State St, Boise, ID 83714

*St. Vincent De Paul – Broadway, 12:30pm-2:00pm
2110 S. Broadway Ave, Boise, ID 83706

*Boise Public Library, Hillcrest Branch, 12:00pm-2:00pm
5246 W. Overland Rd., Boise, ID 83705

Pioneer Day Shelter, 1:00pm-3:00pm
500 S. Ash St., Boise, ID 83702

*Boise Public Library, Cole & Ustick Branch, 2:00pm-4:00pm
7557 W. Ustick Rd., Boise, ID 83703

Boise Downtown Family YMCA, 5:00pm-7:00pm
1050 West State Street, Boise, ID 83702

*Boise Public Library, Collister, 6:00pm-8:00pm
4724 W. State St., Boise, ID 83703

Garden City
CONTACT: Rosalia Barroso-Teran
PHONE: 208-954-1183

*Garden City Public Library, 10:00am-Noon
6015 North Glenwood Street, Boise, ID 83714

Nampa / Caldwell
CONTACT: Erica Mendoza
PHONE: 208-585-0048 ext 2705
CONTACT: Tammy Nichols
PHONE: 208-615-6541

*Nampa Salvation Army, 9:00am-11:00am
403 12th Avenue South, Nampa, ID 83651

*Nampa Terry Reilly Clinic, 11:00am-2:00pm
223 16th Avenue North, Nampa, ID 83687

*Nampa Public Library, 3:00pm-5:00pm
101 11th Avenue South, Nampa, ID 83651

*Caldwell Family YMCA, 3:00pm-5:00pm
3720 Indiana Avenue, Caldwell, ID 83605

South Central Idaho

Burley / Rupert
CONTACT: Esmeralda Cruz
PHONE: 208-678-7796

*Burley Public Library, 2:30-5:30
1300 Miller Avenue, Burley, ID 83318

Mountain Home
CONTACT: Rosalia Barroso-Teran
PHONE: 208-954-1183

*Mountain Home Public Library, 3:00pm-6:00pm
790 North 10th East, Mountain Home, ID 83647

North Idaho

CONTACT: Desiree Cleave
PHONE: 208-292-0134

Kroc Center, 3:00-6:00
1765 West Golf Course Road, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815

Eastern Idaho

CONTACT: Mindy Stosich
PHONE: (208)232-7862 ext. 1120

Health West – Lava Hot Springs, 12:00-2:00pm
85 South 5th West, Lava Hot Springs, ID 83246

*Spanish/English Bilingual Outreach Worker Available

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Eligibility: Age and U.S Citizenship/Residency requirements

As a quick recap of the last post, to be eligible for the children’s CHIP/Medicaid program in Idaho a child or teen must meet requirements in three areas:

      • Age
      • Citizenship or Legal Residency Status
      • Income

In this post we’ll address age and U.S. Citizenship / Legal residency, along with the 5-year ban that applies to legal permanent residents.

Let’s talk about (1) Age…

First and foremost: to be eligible for the children’s CHIP/Medicaid program in Idaho, a child needs to be under the age of 19.

As long as they have not turned 19 yet, a child or teenager can apply for children’s CHIP/Medicaid coverage in Idaho. Once they have turned 19, they cannot apply for coverage under this program (they may be eligible for a different program though; if you have questions about programs for adults age 19+, call the Idaho CareLine at 2-1-1).  

(2) Citizenship or Residency Status

To be eligible for the children’s CHIP/Medicaid program in Idaho, a child needs to be either a U.S. Citizen, or a Legal Resident (you may have also seen the terms “legal permanent resident”, “lawful permanent resident”, or LPR).

Children who are U.S. citizens will need to provide their social security number on the application. Idaho DHW uses computer systems to cross-check this information with the national database and verify the child’s U.S. citizenship.

Children who are Legal Residents will need to provide a number called the “Alien I.D. Number” on their application; this number can be found on the child’s legal permanent resident card (sometimes this is also called an “entry card” or “green card”. It’s also a good idea to submit a copy of their card (both sides, front and back) with the application, because this card will provide a lot of information that Idaho DHW needs in order to verify if the child is in the country legally. Only children who are in the country legally are eligible to enroll and receive CHIP/Medicaid benefits.

Once Idaho DHW has determined that the child is a legal permanent resident, there is one more requirement that has to be met: what’s known as the “five-year ban”.

The 5-year ban for Legal Permanent Residents: 

In Idaho, children who are legal permanent residents have to be in the U.S. for five years before being eligible for Medicaid.

From: “The Link Between Medicaid and the Immigration Provisions of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act of 1996″, by the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services
Immigrants Admitted to the U.S. On or After August 22, 1996
There is a mandatory ban on Medicaid eligibility for immigrants who are “qualified aliens” newly admitted to the U.S. on or after August 22, 1996. The ban is in effect for the first five years they are in the U.S. in that status, unless the individual is a member of one of the excepted groups. 
(Source: FindLaw Library,

In order to determine if a child has been in the U.S. for five years, Idaho DHW will look at their entry date.

      • If a child has been in the U.S. for less than five years, they will not be eligible for Idaho CHIP/Medicaid (this is the case even if they meet the age and income requirements).
      • If a child has been in the U.S. for five years or more, they will be eligible for CHIP/Medicaid provided they meet the other requirements.

Next we’ll cover income guidelines for Idaho’s CHIP/Medicaid program.

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Who is eligible for children’s CHIP/Medicaid in Idaho?

To be eligibility for the children’s CHIP/Medicaid program in Idaho, a child or teen must meet three requirements:

  1. Age – a child must be under 19 years old
  2. Citizenship / Legal Residency Status – a child must be a U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident
  3. Income – the child’s family income must be within certain income limits

As part of our program, we have created a basic eligibility checklist for this process, which can be accessed here: 

Eligibility Screening Tool (English/Spanish) March 2013 (PDF)

This document includes a 1/2 page English and 1/2 page Spanish screening tool that can be used in clinics, or it can be altered to use in schools, churches, or any other community location where families will have access. Below is an example of the English screening tool:


We’ll get into more detail on eligibility in the next few posts.



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Community Outreach: “Picnic in the Park”

One great summer outreach opportunity in Idaho is Picnic in the Park (also known as the “Simplified Summer Food Program”; it may be referred to by other names in different parts of the state).

Image of Summer Food Program brochure

From the program brochure: This program makes sure that children in many parts of the state have free, healthy meals over most of their summer vacations. Lunches (and sometimes breakfasts) may be served at a park, school, church and other places in many Idaho communities. (Click here to view the full informational brochure for this program).

This program is a great way to reach out to families in many Idaho communities with information about Community Health Centers (CHCs) and the Idaho CHIP/Medicaid program. You may be able to get involved in several ways. Some ideas for getting involved are:

  • Place CHIP/Medicaid brochures or informational flyers in the lunch bags
  • Volunteer to help hand out lunch bags or be part of the ‘lunch line’
  • Bring a fun activity for kids to enjoy (bubbles, Frisbee, soccer ball, etc)
  • Provide informational materials on other services provided at your CHC (well-child checks, immunizations, sports physicals, dental services, mental health screenings, etc)
  • Set up a “healthy behaviors” station with bottled water / milk /fruit or something that the child can take home with them to eat later. Provide information about nutritious food choices, exercise and active play.
  • Have a sign-up list available for parents or caretakers who want more information about CHIP/Medicaid or need help with the process.

These are just a few ideas of ways to connect through this community program and reach out to the families attending. Each program site may do things a bit differently, so it’s a good idea to reach out to the local contact person to discuss ideas or opportunities for that particular area.

Here is a link to a map of all Picnic in the Park / Summer Food Program locations in Idaho:

Double-click on the map to zoom in; you can click on individual locations to view the days and times when food is served, and also to view the contact person for that site.

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