July 3, 2013: Nine recipients in California were named yesterday as awardees of a cmbined $6.2 million in federal grants from the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services; the money is to identify and enroll children in Medi-Cal -- both those who have been currently overlooked, and those who will become eligible in the expanded coverage under the Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") that goes into effect January 1, 2014.
According to Stephanie O'Neill, at left, reporting for KPCC public radio in Southern California:
The other grantees are:
- Alameda County Social Services Agency ($877,750)
- Northeast Valley Health Corporation ($796,258)
- Tides Center - California Coverage & Health Initiatives ($750,900)
- United American Indian Involvement ($313,422)
- Nevada County Superintendent of Schools ($284,465)
- Lake County Tribal Health Consortium Inc. ($192,881)
Who is...? Nevada County is in the Sierras, 60 miles northeast of Sacramento; its county seat is Nevada City (2010 population 3,068; Truckee is the largest city (16,1890). The staff listings for the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools -- a name used there as "Board of Education" is used in other counties -- makes it clear that the district philosophy is to address the holistic needs of the students: e.g., foster youth tutor, school health services coordinator, Indian education coordinator, independent living program, peer court, homeless assistance, child care and development planning council, First 5, child development center, juvenile hall (teachers and principal). Further, the Nevada City School District operates a preschool program for all families in the county, as well as an extended day child care program. A full-time school nurse, Tracy Larson, at left, serves the district in four locations.