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TO:                  Superintendents of Schools and School Principals


FROM:             Susan A.Gendron, Commissioner


DATE:             July 23, 2003


SUBJECT:        Maine’s Child Health Insurance Outreach – Year 6



            As you well know, a healthy child is a better learner.  Over the past five years, Maine’s expansion of health insurance coverage for children has been a success.  Thousands of children have received both medical and dental coverage in part because of your efforts as Maine school systems.  Thank you!


            The challenge continues to be reaching the thousands of children still not covered.  Once again, Department of Human Services Acting Commissioner Peter Walsh and I are asking your continued cooperation in helping to meet the challenge of distributing applications for low-cost or free health care coverage to Maine families.


            Beginning August 1, 2003, a shipment of brochures will be mailed to you in sufficient quantity to send home with all students in your district.  We will:



            For additional copies in English or to place an order for foreign language versions, please contact Diane McDonald at the Department of Human Services at 207-287-3106 or by e-mail at . Foreign language versions of the brochure will not be available until late fall.


I realize this will be a very busy time of year for you and your staff.  I sincerely hope you will once again work together with us to distribute these important materials to families with other materials you send home to start the school year.  Please also place copies of the brochure in places around your district where family members who visit your schools will see them.


            The contributions of educators and health providers help to safeguard our children’s present well-being and prepare them for productive, responsible, and fulfilling futures.  Your efforts make a difference.  Acting Commisssioner Walsh and I both Thank You and your staff for meeting this challenge.