California HealthCare Foundation Helps Launch Online Insurance Enrollment Program

The country's first initiative designed to use the Internet to enroll low-income children and expectant mothers in public health insurance programs has been launched by a public-private partnership involving the California Health and Human Services Agency, the California HealthCare Foundation, the Medi-Cal Policy Institute, and San Diego County. Called Health-e-App, the Web-based application is currently being tested in San Diego County to enroll children in the state's Healthy Families and Medi-Cal health insurance programs.

"Streamlining the enrollment process is one of the best ways to increase health coverage for children," said California Health and Human Services Agency secretary Grantland Johnson. "Health-e-App provides a fast, secure, and more user-friendly experience for applicants."

The Health and Human Services Agency is a prime sponsor of the pilot project and oversees the administration of both the Healthy Families and Medi-Cal programs. The California HealthCare Foundation funded the software development and beta test process and is making Health-e-App available to the state at no cost.

"Health-e-App is a great example of an effective public-private partnership providing a strategic investment to make government programs more accessible, more responsive, and more efficient," added Johnson.

For more information about the program, including an online tour of the application, visit Health-e-App Web site.

"California Tests First-in-Nation Web-Based System to Enroll Children in Public Health Insurance; Health-e-App Designed to Help Improve Access to Health Care for State's Children" Business Wire 01/23/2001.