La Voz Latina - Su puente a la comunidad Hispana de Georgia y Carolina del sur

Free enrollment assistance for public benefits

 

      Step Up Savannah is a local non-profit agency working to improve the financial security of lower-income families and Curtis V. Cooper has been providing primary and preventive healthcare services to Chatham County since 1974.

     The Campaign for Healthy Kids targets families with uninsured children or families whose children are at risk of losing health insurance due to job loss, a cut in hours or an inability to pay the premiums. This program provides free enrollment assistance for benefits including Medicaid, PeachCare for Kids and SNAP– the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program which helps lower-income families pay for their groceries each month.

     Yaritza Figueroa works four days a week as a bilingual enrollment specialist at the Curtis Cooper clinic in downtown Savannah and works Thursdays from 9am-4pm at Savannah's First Hispanic Baptist Church (1 Gamble Road, Savannah, 31405). She returns to the church on Tuesdays from 6-9pm and Thursday evenings from 5-8pm to help Latino parents sign up their U.S.-born children for benefits. Families don't have to be affiliated with the church to receive these services. No appointments are needed.

     Medicaid and PeachCare pay for doctor visits, immunizations, dental care, vision care, prescription medicines, hospital care, and more. Medicaid and PeachCare cover young people until their 19th birthday. Parents, grandparents and legal guardians can apply on behalf of their children and enroll them at anytime.

     Non-U.S. Citizens who apply for Medicaid or Peachcare for their U.S.-born children do not have to prove citizenship, legal residency status or present a social security number and applying for services does not trigger any action or response from the USCIS Immigration service.

Issue Month: 
Wednesday, October 18, 2017