March 8, 2014
A lot of children who are eligible for government health care aren't getting it.
That's according to a new study released Thursday.
The report indicates nearly five-million kids are uninsured nationwide.
In Virginia, about 200,000 children fall into that category.
"Sometimes they feel that maybe it has a stigma to it and don't want to apply for public assistance, but they shouldn't. It's important children get any coverage medical coverage they're entitled to," says social services' eligibility supervisor Melanie Harpine.
The report indicates there are a quarter of a million children enrolled in state or federally funded insurance programs in the state.
In Rockingham County, more than 2,300 family and children are involved in some sort of health aid, while about 1,700 are involved in Harrisonburg.
But, Harpine says this is only the tip of the iceberg- there are countless other children in the area who don't aren't insured and could be.
If you want to find out if you're eligible for aid call the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Social Services at 574-5100.