The Children's Partnership

The Children's Partnership (TCP) works in California and nationally to ensure that all children—especially those at risk of being left behind—have the resources and the opportunities they need to grow up healthy and lead productive lives. TCP focuses particular attention on securing health coverage for all children, simplifying and modernizing how families enroll in public programs, and ensuring that the opportunities offered by computers and the Internet benefit all children and families. See below for more information about TCP’s recent activities, accomplishments, and advocacy work and tools!

  • TCP Joins in Launch of New Program for Foster Youth in Ventura County

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    CA: The Children’s Partnership (TCP), alongside public and private partners,launched the Ventura County Foster Health Link to help coordinate health care information for foster care youth in Ventura County through information technology. The program will allow foster parents, health care providers, and caseworkers to electronically access a specific child’s health information via a secure web-based system.  Wendy Lazarus, founder and co-president of TCP, stated, “This project is a powerful example of how technical innovation, combined with knowledge of children's needs, can lead to stronger support for kids.”
  • KidsWell Partners Issue Statements In Support of CHIP Reauthorization Legislation

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    CDF, NHeLP & CA: The Children’s Defense Fund, the National Health Law Program, and The Children’s Partnership each issued statements supporting Senator Jay Rockefeller’s introduction of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Extension Act of 2014.  The legislation seeks to extend CHIP through 2019.
  • TCP and Children Now Blog about Measuring Access to Care in CA

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    CA: The Children’s Partnership and Children Now published a blog post on California’s progress in measuring access to care.  The blog, which follows an earlier post, highlights advocates’ ongoing efforts to help State policymakers understand whether and how consumers are receiving timely access to care.
  • By the Numbers! TCP Blogs about California’s Eligibility and Enrollment Data Reporting

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    CA: Kristen Golden Testa, director for The Children’s Partnership, wrote a guest blog for the Georgetown Center for Children and Families’ Say Ahhh! blog about California’s data reporting on Medi-Cal and marketplace eligibility and enrollment.  KidsWell CA advocates are also providing input to state agencies on additional data elements for future reporting.  
  • Children Now, NAM and TCP Advocate for CA’s Health For All Act

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    CA & NAM: Children Now joined advocates in Sacramento, California for a rally and Senate Health Committee (SHC) hearing on the Health For All Act (SB 1005), which would ensure access to health coverage for all California children and families (including undocumented residents).  New America Media published an article chronicling the legislation’s potential impact.  The  Act passed the SHC with a 6-1 vote and now moves to the appropriations committee.  Wendy Lazarus, founder and co-president of The Children’s Partnership, issued a statement commending the SHC’s vote. 

  • TCP Reports on the Need for Increased Access to Children’s Dental Care

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    CA: Jenny Kattlove, director of The Children’s Partnership, was interviewed by Southern California Public Radio about expanding pediatric dental care access for children with Medi-Cal coverage.  Kattlove highlighted the children’s dental access bill (AB 1174) pending in the Senate that, if enacted, would provide preventive dental care in community settings (e.g., schools or Head Start) for children enrolled in Medi-Cal and use tele-dentistry to connect children with participating dentists.
  • TCP Lauds California’s School-Based Enrollment Efforts

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    CA: Wendy Lazarus, founder and president of The Children’s Partnership (TCP), was quoted in a Cabinet Report article about TCP’s “All in for Health” campaign that provides schools and child-care providers with tools to help children and their families enroll in health insurance coverage.  Lazarus lauds Tom Torlakson, California state superintendent, and other state organizations for making California “a leader in bringing health care to hundreds of thousands of children and their families.”

  • CA’s State Superintendent Promotes TCP Resources For Children’s Outreach and Enrollment

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    CA: California’s State Superintendent Tom Torlakson sent a letter to every school superintendent urging them to use The Children Partnership’s  ALL IN Campaign materials and resources to spread the word and help families enroll in health insurance coverage by March 31st.  

  • Smile! The Children’s Partnership Blogs About Pediatric Dental Coverage

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    CA: Kathleen Hamilton, a director for The Children’s Partnership (TCP), co-authored a blog post about Covered California’s recent decision to require all pediatric QHPs to include embedded dental coverage beginning in 2015.  Embedded dental plans: increase affordability; spread costs to a broader population; ensure eligible children receive dental coverage; and reflect the ACA’s intent.

  • It’s a SNAP! The Children’s Partnership Blogs About Express Lane Enrollment

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    CA: Kristen Golden Testa, a director for The Children’s Partnership (TCP), authored a guest blog post on the Georgetown’s Center for Children and Families’ Say Ahhh! blog about California’s decision to use “express enrollment” to identify children enrolled in CalFresh (SNAP) who are eligible for, but not yet enrolled, in Medi-Cal.  TCP also released FAQs in both English and Spanish describing the new express enrollment process.  California identified 153,000 CalFresh children who are eligible for express enrollment into MediCal.   

  • KidsWell CA Grantees Submit Pediatric Network Adequacy Recommendations

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    CA: Children Now, The Children’s Partnership, and the Children’s Defense Fund-CA sent a letter to the Department of Insurance about children’s issues to consider as the Department modifies network adequacy regulations. The letter recommends standards on: pediatric-specific network adequacy; pediatric specialists; out-of-network provider access; culturally and linguistically appropriate provider networks; dental provider networks; and transparency. 

  • Smile Brightly! The Children’s Partnership Applauds California’s Dental Health Efforts

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    CA: Jenny Kattlove, director of strategic health initiatives for The Children’s Partnership (TCP), released a statement commending the California’s State Assembly 73-1 vote in support of a children’s dental access bill (AB 1174).  The bill is now headed to the Senate and, if enacted, would provide preventive dental care in community settings, such as schools or Head Start, for children enrolled in Medicaid, and the use of tele-dentistry to connect children with participating dentists. 

  • KidsWell CA Grantees Advocate for Increased Children’s Health Funding in CA Budget

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    CA: On behalf of Children Now, the Children’s Defense Fund-CA (CDF-CA), PICO California, and other children’s health advocacy organizations in California, Wendy Lazarus, founder and co-president of The Children’s Partnership (TCP), issued a statement criticizing Governor Brown’s 2014-2015 budget proposal for not allocating sufficient resources to ensure children’s health.  Though Lazarus acknowledges the inclusion of $17.5 million for pediatric dental services outreach, the statement emphasizes the need to increase funding to: bolster Medi-Cal provider reimbursement rates; strengthen access to care; and restore programs for high-risk infants and preventive dental and mental health services.  As reported by The Sacramento Bee, Michelle Stillwell-Parvensky, a policy and communications associate for CDF-CA, and Corey Timpson, executive director of PICO California, also issued statements advocating for increased funding for children’s health.
  • KidsWell Grantees Submit Comments on Proposed Dental Benefit

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    KidsWell Partners: The Children’s Defense Fund, First Focus, Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, and The Children’s Partnership joined other national advocacy organizations in submitting a letter to CMS in response to the proposed rule addressing the affordability of pediatric dental coverage under the ACA.  The letter supported CMS’ proposal to reduce the cost-sharing limit for stand-alone dental plans (SADPs) for 2015 and beyond, but voiced concern that families who purchase pediatric SADPs may still face affordability barriers.

  • KidsWell Grantees Signed Letter Expressing Support for Year-End Health Extenders Package

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    KW: Four KidsWell grantees—The Children’s Partnership, Children’s Defense Fund, First Focus, and National Council of La Raza—joined other national advocates in signing a letter to the House Committee on Ways and Means in support of including the following programs in any year-end health extenders package: the Qualified Individual program, the Transitional Medical Assistance program, and Express Lane Eligibility.  The letter also called for state incentive payment provisions and quality improvement funding for CHIPRA to be included.
  • TAP Published Op-Ed About ALL IN Campaign

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    CA: Wendy Lazarus, founder and co-president of The Children’s Partnership (TCP), published an op-ed in the Huffington Post on TCP’s ALL IN Campaign. The Campaign is collaboration among Covered California (the State-based Marketplace), state agencies, and local organizations to develop educational tools to help schools enroll uninsured children and their families into coverage.

  • Are You ALL IN? TCP Launched School Outreach and Enrollment Campaign

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    CA: The Children’s Partnership (TCP) launched the ALL IN campaign, a yearlong outreach and enrollment campaign to help schools, child-care and after-school leaders provide families information about the new health care options under the ACA and how they can access coverage. TCP’s partnership with the California Department of Education, California School Boards Association, California School Health Centers association, California Coverage & Health Initiatives, Covered California, The California Endowment, and Kaiser Permanente enables the campaign to reach over 44,000 people in the school community. The Campaign published a toolkit to help school and community leaders learn about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and help children and families enroll in coverage.
  • Children's Partnership Publishes Post on Pediatric Dental Plans in Exchanges

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    CA: Wendy Lazarus, Founder and Co-President of The Children’s Partnership (TCP), published a post on MomsRising’s blog on the California’s Health Benefit Exchange Board’s decision-making related to pediatric dental plans offered in the new marketplace. In June, the Board decided that pediatric dental plans would be offered as stand-alone plans, “which is a problem,” said Lazarus. “Pediatric dental coverage shouldn’t be treated as a separate additional plan for families,” she said.  As a result of an advocacy push led by TCP, extensive press coverage and support of members from the legislature and the state Insurance Department, the Health Benefit Exchange Board will explore how to embed pediatric plans in 2015.
  • TCP Responds to Exchange Open Enrollment Kick-Off!!

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    CA: The Children’s Partnership’s (TCP) Founder and Co-President, Wendy Lazarus, released a statement about TCP’s ALL IN Campaign, developed in collaboration with the California Department of Education, the California School Boards Association, the California School Health Centers Association, the California Coverage & Health Initiatives, Get Covered, and Covered California (the State-based Marketplace). Ms. Lazarus’s statement highlights TCPs work with its partners, California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, education leaders, schools, and child care providers across the state to educate families about the new health care options available through the Marketplaces.
  • Children Now and The Children’s Partnership Urged Inclusion of Pediatric Dental Plans in Exchange Insurance Products

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    CA: Children Now and The Children’s Partnership issued a statement urging the Board of Covered California (California’s Exchange) to request bids from health plans for embedded pediatric dental plans to be included in the new Covered California marketplace as soon as possible. Currently, pediatric dental benefits will only be offered as stand-alone plans, requiring families to purchase two separate plans. 

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