Children's Health Conference Kicks Off In Columbus

A two-day conference on children's health kicked off Wednesday morning in Columbus.

The 2013 Children's Health Conference was put on by Voices For Ohio's Children. The child advocacy organization invited hundreds of community leaders to discuss how the health care overhaul across the country would affect children in Ohio.

The first day of the conference welcomed national leaders in health care enrollment.  They discussed the importance of reaching out to families ahead of open enrollment for health care insurance.

Professor Tricia Brooks of Georgetown University's Center for Children and Families said it was estimated that tens of thousands will become newly eligible for coverage options under the Affordable Care Act. She said it's important to educate parents on how to enroll so their families can get the coverage they need.

"When parents get coverage themselves, their children are more likely to get the preventative and routine care they need to stay healthy," said Brooks.

The next open enrollment period for health care coverage was set to begin Oct. 1.

More information on the plans and open enrollment can be found at www.healthcare.gov.

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