From WESA on the Healthy Together initiative:
Children and families fell in line Thursday tooting kazoos and banging makeshift instruments through Northview Heights beside the players of Pittsburgh’s River City Brass Band.
Dubbed March Pittsburgh, the movement kicked off an effort to enroll youth in health care programs with help from from a $40,000 UPMC Health Plan sponsorship, Mayor Bill Peduto’s office, the Consumer Health Coalition and other partners.
Organizers estimate 2,000 local children qualify for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program but are not enrolled.
“Those 2,000 kids are going to be the ones that are going to have a hard time when they start school,” Peduto said at the event. “They’re going to be the ones (who) are going to be struggling to stay in school. They’re going to be the ones having a hard time staying on a path that will lead them away from things they don’t want to be a part of.”
Find the full article here: http://wesa.fm/post/city-celebrate-health-care-coverage-options-10-neighborhood-marching-band-tour
Find the full 10-neighborhood marching band schedule here: http://www.getenrolledpgh.com/march-pittsburgh/