Pittsburgh receives $30,000 grant to plan health care for needy children and families

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Pittsburgh is one of 12 cities nationwide receiving grants to study ways to enroll needy children and families into health insurance plans, Mayor-elect Bill Peduto’s office announced today.

The National League of Cities will give the city $30,000 to develop plans for enrolling those eligible into Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Mr. Peduto has tapped three officials to head the planning: former councilman Patrick Dowd, the executive director of Allies for Children; Allegheny County Health Department director Karen Hacker; and Consumer Health Coalition executive director Beth Heeb.

The League of Cities awarded grants as part of a long-term effort to increase health insurance enrollment among children and families underwritten by The Atlantic Philanthropies. Mr. Peduto traveled to the league’s convention on behalf of the city after his Nov. 5 election.

Half of the cities receiving preliminary grants will receive another $260,000 in funding to implement their plans.

Tim McNulty: tmcnulty@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1581.

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