Governor Announces “Back To School” Program to Promote Dr. Dynasaur Health Insurance Enrollment for Children

JAMES H. DOUGLAS
GOVERNOR

State of Vermont
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

For Immediate Release

Date: September 1, 2004

Contact: Jason Gibbs
(802) 828-3333

BURLINGTON – Back to school time brings another opportunity for parents and caretakers to enroll their children in the Dr. Dynasaur program, Governor Douglas announced today.

Vermont is participating in the national “Back to School” effort again this year to promote the enrollment of children in health insurance at the beginning of the school year.

“In Vermont, we have a proud tradition of striving to assure that all children obtain the health care they need,” said Governor Douglas. “By working together with schools, parents and students, we are trying to reach the few remaining Vermont children who are eligible for the Dr. Dynasaur program and who are still not signed up.”

This year, schools in Vermont will distribute over 100,000 postage-paid return postcards to Vermont children during the first few weeks of school. The cards will briefly describe income eligibility and contact information. Parents and guardians are encouraged to mail back the cards if they are interested in getting more information about the program.

“Dr. Dynasaur coverage ensures that children receive all their immunizations and other preventive health care that can help them stay healthy and remain in school,” said Health Commissioner Paul Jarris, MD, MBA. “I am urging families to request information so that they can enroll their children in this program.”  

Dr. Dynasaur is the state’s health insurance program for Vermont children administered by both the Vermont Department of Health and the Office of Vermont Health Access. It has broad income guidelines. For example, a family of four earning $56,500 can get coverage for their kids. Families can be eligible for Dr. Dynasaur even if the parents are working or have other health insurance.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation of Princeton, New Jersey sponsors “Back to School”. This year, the foundation awarded Vermont a grant of $50,000 to participate.