December 2001

Market-based Organizations Report on Children’s Health Advocacy

As part of its mission-driven commitment to children’s health, Catholic Health Initiatives continues its sponsorship of Children’s Health Matters in collaboration with several Catholic health systems and organizations. Children’s Health Matters is a project to enroll eligible children in Medicaid and other health insurance programs and ensure their access to quality health care. "We know that millions of children remain uninsured despite their eligibility for free and low-cost health coverage," said Colleen Scanlon, RN, JD, senior vice president of advocacy for Catholic Health Initiatives. "There are still too many barriers in application processes and too many families that are unaware of their children’s eligibility for health coverage."

To help evaluate the effectiveness of Children’s Health Matters and set future direction for the project, market-based organizations have been asked to provide Catholic Health Initiatives with information about their enrollment outreach and state advocacy activities. "This information is also used to create the annual report for Children’s Health Matters," said Scanlon. "The activities of several market-based organizations were highlighted in the 2000 annual report, and we would like to make sure that all of our successful programs are included this year."

For more information, contact Colleen Scanlon at or Marcia Desmond, director of public policy, at