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PAMF secures health insurance for nearly 200 needy children

Nearly 200 local children in need will receive medical, dental, vision and mental health benefits as a result of a $200,000 grant from the Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) to the Healthy Kids program of the Santa Clara Family Health Foundation.

PAMF Regional President Lizz Vilardo, M.D., presented the check Oct. 24 to Kathleen King, executive director of Santa Clara Family Health Foundation.

“This gift will fund health insurance for 194 children who otherwise would not receive appropriate health care,” Vilardo said. “For years, state budget cuts have negatively impacted county health programs and have reinforced the importance of philanthropic support. This gift reinforces PAMF’s longtime commitment to keeping children and their families healthy.”

PAMF’s donation, combined with a gift from the El Camino Hospital District, will enable all under- and uninsured children in Mountain View to receive essential health-care coverage this year. As an expression of appreciation, Mountain View Mayor Mike Kasperzak proclaimed Oct. 23 “El Camino Hospital District and Palo Alto Medical Foundation Day.”

“Healthy Kids fills the crucial gap in insurance and health-care access for many low- and moderate-income families who can’t insure their children because they lack access to employer-sponsored insurance or are not eligible for public coverage via Medi-Cal and Healthy Families,” King noted. “In Santa Clara County, those families can enroll their children in Healthy Kids. We believe one uninsured child in our county is one too many.”

Launched in 2001, the locally funded Healthy Kids health insurance program increases access to and use of both medical and dental care, which are crucial contributors to children’s overall well-being and health.

“The physicians and professionals of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation recognize this need and we are committed to helping children in the communities we serve,” Vilardo said. “The work that the Santa Clara Family Health Foundation does to help the neediest of our county’s children is constant and critical.”

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