Amy Hennessy, Senior Advisor for the Consortium for Medicaid and Children’s Health Operations Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Amy will discuss how CMS is helping eligible children, teens and adults obtain health coverage through Medicaid and CHIP.
Medicaid and CHIP provide health insurance for children in families with low and moderate incomes. Many uninsured children may be eligible for coverage, but their parents don’t know it. In most states, children may be eligible for either Medicaid or CHIP if their family income is up to $50,000* (for a family of 4 in 2018). In many states, family income can be even higher and children can still qualify. Families can apply for Medicaid and CHIP coverage any time of the year, but now is the perfect time to enroll! To get more information, call 1-877-KIDS-NOW (1-877-543-7669) or visit Find Coverage for Your Family on InsureKidsNow.gov
Angelica Hale, runner up on last year’s America’s Got Talent, had a difficult road to travel to achieve what she has at such a young age. At just 4, she was diagnosed with sepsis, resulting in multiple organ failures necessitating a kidney transplant from her mother. Now 11 years old, Angelica has partnered with Sepsis Alliance to use her platform to raise awareness of the condition and the importance of identifying the signs and symptoms fast through a new campaign, It’s About Time. As part of the campaign, Angelica is set to debut a new song highlighting the need to persevere in times of strife and her personal experience with sepsis. September 13th was the anniversary of Angelica’s kidney transplant, and at the gala, Angelica will be named the recipient of the Erin Kay Flatley Spirit Award, created by Dr. Carl Flatley, Sepsis Alliance founder, in memory of his daughter Erin Kay Flatley who unnecessarily passed away from sepsis. The award is given to individuals and organizations that bring Erin’s generous spirit to the fight against sepsis. Finally, in September, Sepsis Alliance will also release the findings from their annual “Sepsis Awareness Survey,” to highlight strides made in recognizing sepsis, and gaps still left to fill.
Our next guest is Brian Babka, MD, sports medicine, Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital. He will be discussing issues surrounding sports injuries and sports safety. From sprains to concussions, he can speak to ways to avoid injury, recognizing signs and symptoms, and treatments options for when injuries do occur. Dr. Babka specializes in providing concussion care, one of the biggest health news stories in recent years for both professional and student athletes. There are varying methods of concussion care and Dr. Babka believes in helping families and patients understand their personalized concussion diagnosis and putting a treatment plan in place that is specific to each individual patient. For more information please visit www.nw.com/radio