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February 28, 2014

Children's health plan praised by area parents

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In Delaware County, 688 children are enrolled in Child Health Plus, including LeAnne Sackett, a 13-year-old from Bloomville. LeAnne’s mother, Mitzi, said she enrolled her daughter in Child Health Plus sometime last August after she changed jobs and was left to find affordable health insurance on her own.

Sackett, a Certified Professional Coach, owns a company called Clearer Image Coaching and also works part-time as a health and wellness coach at a company called Ignite Health. She said LeAnne is covered through Fidelis and called the plan a “really good deal.”

“It’s much better coverage than I had at my last job,” Sackett said. “Then, I was paying $650 every month for health insurance for myself and my family. But Child Health Plus provides very, very good insurance coverage for a very minimal price.”

Sackett said her monthly premium is only two figures and said, with the existence of Child Health Plus, there is no reason why children should not have access to good health insurance. Once, Sackett said, LeAnne had to have a molded mouth guard made, something that would normally cost around $400. But through Child Health Plus, she said, the procedure and mouth guard were completely covered.

According to Medicaid.gov, the Affordable Care Act provided an additional $40 million in funding to continue efforts to promote enrollment in Child Health Plus and Medicaid. However, the website said, many families either do not know about the program or mistakenly believe that their children are not eligible.

Sackett said she is grateful that she knows about Child Health Plus and noted the company’s excellent customer service.

“If you call them with a question, they’re wonderful,” Sackett said. “They treat you with courtesy and are very professional. I would recommend it to a friend.”

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