The Covering Kids and Families Access Initiative (CKF-AI) was a $4 million grant program designed to improve access to health services for children and adults enrolled in Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). Funded under the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Covering Kids and Families National Initiative, CKF-AI awarded 19 grants to local pilot projects to:

  • Identify and document barriers to the use of health care services for low-income children and/or adults enrolled in Medicaid and SCHIP.
  • Develop and test strategies to improve access to needed health care services for the low-income children and/or adults enrolled in these programs.

Grantees investigated, documented, and addressed various barriers to access and developed and piloted innovative programs to improve access to care in each community.


  • Buncombe County Department of Social Services, North Carolina
  • Migrant Health Promotion Inc., Texas
  • Baltimore HealthCare Access, Inc., Maryland
  • Consumer Health Coalition, Pennsylvania
  • Hudson Perinatal Consortium, Inc., New Jersey
  • Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition, Connecticut
  • Kootenai Medical Center, Idaho
  • Penquis Community Action Program &York County Community Action, Maine
  • YDI, Inc., New Mexico
  • Our Children First Coalition, Arkansas
  • Philadelphia Citizens for Children and Youth, Pennsylvania
  • Children’s Defense Fund of Texas, Texas
  • LifeBridge, West Virginia
  • Multicultural Community Alliance/FCEOC, California
  • Minneapolis Department of Health and Family Support, Minnesota