HHS awards $32 million to help enroll children in Medicaid

"Today’s grants will ensure that more children across the nation have access to the quality health care they need,” HHS Secretary Kathleen SebeliusKathleen SebeliusSebelius on GOP healthcare plan: 'I'm not sure what the goal is here' Obama's health secretary to be first female president of American University Leaked email: Podesta pushed Tom Steyer for Obama’s Cabinet MORE said.

Since 2008, 1.7 million children have gained healthcare coverage through Medicaid and CHIP, the department said. 

Sebelius said the push will help enroll people in new coverage options under the healthcare law, including its Medicaid expansion and new marketplaces for private insurance.

“We are drawing from successful children’s health coverage outreach and enrollment efforts to help promote enrollment this fall in Medicaid and the new Health Insurance Marketplace," she said.