Amy Hennessy: September 6, 2018



Amy Hennessy

Senior Advisor for the Consortium for Medicaid and Children’s Health Operations Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services



There is a strong connection between academic performance and a student’s health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one out of three children aged 5 to 17 years missed one or more school days due to illness or injury. With health coverage, you can ensure your children are better equipped to learn so they realize their full academic potential by staying healthy throughout the year. For uninsured kids in families with limited incomes, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) offer eligible children and teens up to age 19 access to immunizations, regular check-ups, eye exams, dental visits, mental health services, prescriptions, and other care that improves their ability to fully participate in classroom and after-school activities.

Medicaid and CHIP provide health insurance for children in families with low and moderate incomes. Many uninsured children may be eligible for coverage, but their parents don’t know it. In most states, children may be eligible for either Medicaid or CHIP if their family income is up to $50,000* (for a family of 4 in 2018). In many states, family income can be even higher and children can still qualify. Families can apply for Medicaid and CHIP coverage any time of the year, but now is the perfect time to enroll!


Amy Hennessy is available on Thursday, September 6th to discuss how CMS is helping eligible children, teens and adults obtain health coverage through Medicaid and CHIP.


To get more information, call 1-877-KIDS-NOW (1-877-543-7669)
or visit 
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More About Amy Hennessy:

Amy Hennessy serves as the Consortium lead on maternal child health issues within Medicaid such as the Children’s Health Insurance Program and EPSDT.  She is also the Director of Marketplace Outreach and Education for Region V, Chicago, where she oversees Marketplace implementation across five states.

Amy joined CMS as Presidential Fellow in 2002. During her tenure at CMS, Amy has worked in Medicare, Medicaid and Marketplace in the Chicago Regional Office and for CMS’ Office of Legislation in Washington DC.   Prior to joining CMS, Amy worked in Washington DC on women’s health policy and at a health policy think tank in Chicago.  Amy holds a Bachelors of Arts in Women’s Studies from Knox College and Masters of Public Health, Maternal Child Health, from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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