SOURCE: Fidelis Care

Fidelis Care

August 17, 2015 09:42 ET

Fidelis Care Helps Children Get Ready for Start of School

Events, School Supply Giveaways Highlight Importance of Having Health Insurance

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - August 17, 2015) - As the new school year approaches, Fidelis Care is participating in more than 120 back-to-school events and giving away more than 85,000 backpacks and school supplies across New York State to help make sure local kids are ready for the first day.

"Fidelis Care has a long history of caring for the health of children, and we know that back-to-school time can be challenging for parents," said Chief Marketing Officer Pamela Hassen. "It's important to us to be out in the community, providing support to families where and when it's needed most."

In addition to helping with school supplies at the events, Fidelis Care is also promoting the importance of health insurance for every child. More than 180,000 children in the State are uninsured, even though almost all children up to age 19 qualify for coverage through the State-sponsored Child Health Plus (CHP) program. Fidelis Care is the largest CHP plan in the State with over 78,000 members.

Children with health insurance are more likely to get the care they need, including treatment for sore throats and earaches, vision and dental care, immunizations, care for chronic illnesses like asthma, and more. Among its own CHP membership, Fidelis Care found that school-aged children sought medical care an average of seven times in 2014.

Fidelis Care representatives will be available at the back-to-school events to answer questions about CHP and help with enrollment, which occurs all year long. Details on event times and locations can be found at fideliscare.org. For information about any of Fidelis Care's health insurance options, call 1-888-FIDELIS (1-888-343-3547) or visit fideliscare.org.

About Fidelis Care

As the New York State Catholic Health Plan, Fidelis Care offers quality, affordable coverage for children and adults of all ages and at all stages of life, including products available through NY State of Health: The Official Health Plan Marketplace. With 1.3 million members Statewide, Fidelis Care was founded on the belief that all New Yorkers should have access to affordable, quality health insurance. For more information, call Fidelis Care at 1-888-FIDELIS (1-888-343-3547) or visit fideliscare.org.

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