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Thousands of Nevada Children Eligible for Insurance Not Enrolled

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LAS VEGAS -- A new program is launching in the Las Vegas valley to help connect families with free health insurance for their children.

It's the Positively Kids Health Insurance Program and it works closely with schools, such as Martinez Elementary School in North Las Vegas. It will help parents get their children enrolled for free health insurance.

"I actually tried doing an appointment for my daughter, but it was like $125. It was really expensive, and you know, that's like grocery shopping," said Diana Flores.

The mother of two said her children were without health insurance for a year. During that time, the children didn't make any visits to the doctor because it was too expensive. Now the children are both insured thanks to their school.

"My kids' school referred me to them. I'm so happy because it has helped me a lot," Flores said.

A worker from Positively Kids helped her apply for the insurance which is through Nevada Check Up.

"I didn't know about this program at all," Flores said.

Flores isn't alone. There are around 59,000 Clark County children who qualify for insurance, such as Medicaid, but their families are unaware of that.

"It's not understanding what documents they need to submit. There's time frames that families need to meet or else they will be denied automatically and not able to move forward with the process," said Yvonne Moore, Positively Kids.

She said a federal grant of nearly $900,0000 through the Affordable Care Act is paying for nine workers to help families apply for health insurance for their kids.

The goal is to sign up 1,800 children in Clark County over the next two years.

"I think the key to this is doing preventative care," Moore said.

Insured kids means healthier kids, she adds.

"Now it's good to know that I have somewhere to take my kids to whenever they need it," Flores said.

Positively Kids runs three school-based medical clinics. Children have to be enrolled in either Nevada Check Up or Medicaid to receive medical care.

More information is available at 1-855-777-5447.

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