Press Release
From the Office of State Senator Rodney Ellis

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, August 2, 2006
Contact: Margaret Justus, 713-236-0306

Texas Senator Ellis urges families to sign up for affordable healthcare

Ellis enlists outdoor advertising to help build 'a Healthy Texas'
Teams up with Houston Dynamo to spread the word

HOUSTON -- Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis together with the Houston Area Urban League and Clear Channel Outdoor has launched a series of 60 outdoor billboards around the Greater Houston area to remind Texas families to apply for or re-enroll in the Children's Healthcare Insurance Program (CHIP).

CHIP is designed for families who earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but cannot afford to buy private insurance for their children. CHIP provides eligible children with coverage for a full range of health services including regular checkups, immunizations, prescription drugs, lab tests, X-rays, hospital visits and more.

"Texas has the largest percentage of uninsured children in the nation and frankly, that statistic is embarrassing," Ellis said. "It is imperative that all of us do our part to get the word out that affordable healthcare is available to those who qualify."

The Senator's CHIP billboards (see photo below) are up now in the Houston area and read "Healthy Kids Mean a Healthy Texas." They feature a photo of Senator Ellis seated with his four children, display the CHIP information hotline number (1-877-KIDS-NOW) and are also translated into Spanish. The billboards are paid for through the Senator's campaign account.

Meantime, Senator Ellis has teamed up with the Houston Dynamo, the Children's Defense Fund, Community Health Choice, and the Harris County Hospital District to increase the number of Texas CHIP families by providing Dynamo tickets to the September 30th D.C. United game for those who apply for or re-enroll in CHIP at participating McDonald's and Fiesta Supermarket locations in the Houston area.

Families who sign up for CHIP at the following locations will receive one ticket per child while limited supplies are available:

Saturday, August 12th 10am - 2pm Fiesta Supermarket locations at 5600 Mykawa, 77033


Saturday, August 19th, 8am - 1pm McDonalds located at 3820 OST (Old Spanish Trail) / Scott, 77021

Parents are asked to bring their child's Social Security number plus one copy of either: 1) a recent paycheck stub, 2) last year's federal tax return, or 3) a dated and signed letter from an employer, verifying cash income. Proof must be submitted for each working family member and must include employee name, amount earned, and how often paid.

For more information on the CHIP application events, families may call the Children's Defense Fund at 713-664-4080.

English Billboard