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Student, Family, and Community Supports News

Posted: March 22, 2016

APS "Fun & Wellness Fair" on Saturday, April 16th

The Fun & Wellness Fair and free health care enrollment event will be held at McKinley Middle School from 10 am to 2 pm.

APS’ Fun & Wellness Fairs combine health education for families, fun activities for kids and parents, and Insurance enrollment and resources for all. Free ‘school readiness vaccinations’ will also be given on-site from Department of Health at this event and will be available on a first come, first serve basis. The fair will also include: Explora, Ninja Park demonstrations, CPR Demos, ParentVUE sign-ups, Parent University, counseling resources, citizenship information and hourly presentations on the school lawn.

“Open enrollment” for Federal Health Insurance officially ended on January 31, 2016, so we highly encourage all APS families and staff to attend if you are still uninsured. Medicaid enrollment can be done year round, but to avoid a tax penalty, you should make sure you get health insurance of any kind, as soon as possible. On-site enrollment will be offered at this free event as well as certified health care guides to provide information and assistance in applying for Medicaid or information on insurance through New Mexico’s Health Care Exchange.

“Because health-related issues can be barriers to learning, APS is working on ways for students and families to be healthier,” said Brian Bolding, Medicaid enrollment coordinator in the APS Student, Family, and Community Supports Division. “We at APS believe that a healthier student is a more successful student.”

To Make Enrollment Faster...

Individuals wanting to enroll should bring:

  • proof of citizenship
  • immigration status or tribal enrollment
  • a photo ID
  • proof of residency
  • proof of income
  • proof of household size.

In addition, individuals should bring any current insurance information and/or recent unpaid medical bills. Non-citizens may be eligible as well. For recertification, only new proof of income along with a picture I.D. is required.

The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. on the front lawn at McKinley Middle School and end at 2:00 p.m. The free event will also include food and drinks, random door prizes, activities for children, signups for well-child check-ups, bilingual presentations about healthcare access, and information on healthy lifestyles.

For further information call the APS Medicaid Enrollment Office at 855-5261.