State representatives and other community partners fear those children are eligible for help but are not getting it, because their parents don't realize it's available.
Area lawmakers say that has to change and it starts with finding those families, working with them and actually walking through the enrollment and application process for Children's Health Insurance Program, or CHIP -- a state and federal insurance assistance program.
Texas State Representative Ken Legler said, "The good news is we have roughly 480,000 in Harris County enrolled in CHIP or Medicaid. The bad news is that we have 114,000 who are not."
"This is something that should not be a privilege but it ought to be a God-given right that every child is covered with health insurance," said Texas State Representative Carol Alvarado.
The plan of action is to hand out flyers and those state leaders are holding application assistance events for parents every Saturday throughout the rest of the month.
Eligibility for CHIP:
- As long as the child is a US citizen or the parent is a legal permanent resident
- Family of four with annual income of less than $44,000