BANGOR (AP) – An advocacy group is teaming up with KeyBank to encourage parents to enroll their children in MaineCare in order to secure health care coverage for them.

About 19,000 Maine children and teenagers are uninsured, and 11,000 of them are eligible for comprehensive coverage through MaineCare, the state’s Medicaid program.

On Thursday, the nonprofit Maine Children’s Alliance announced a partnership with KeyBank to make it easier to get that coverage. MaineCare applications will be placed in each of the bank’s 62 locations statewide, in addition to local offices of the Department of Health and Human Services and other locations.

Cheri Doak, a senior vice president for KeyBank, said promoting good health care for Maine children results improves their academic performance.

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