Children’s Defense Fund - California

Since 1998, Children’s Defense Fund-California (CDF-CA) has worked with colleagues in the 100% Campaign to ensure that all of California’s children gain access to affordable, comprehensive health coverage. CDF-CA’s efforts to expand coverage for children, simplify enrollment processes, and support outreach efforts have resulted in a significant decline in the number of uninsured children in the state. See below for more information about CDF-CA’s recent activities, accomplishments, and advocacy work and tools!

  • Children Now and CDF Submit Letter in Support of Bills Currently Under Review to Expand Medicaid and Child Coverage Protections

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    CA: Children Now and the Children’s Defense Fund-California (CDF-CA), in collaboration with The Children’s Movement of California, submitted a letter to the Governor and legislators expressing their support for multiple bills under consideration to implement provisions of the ACA that would benefit children, including:

    • ABX1 1/SBX1 1 would expand Medicaid to low-income adults and former foster kids up to age 26.
    • ABX1 2/SBX1 2 would implement reforms to prohibit private plans from prohibiting coverage or increasing premiums due to pre-existing conditions.
  • Action Alert! MomsRising & CA Requested Signatures to Preserve Services in California Healthy Families Transition

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    MomsRising & CA: MomsRising, in collaboration with KidsWell California, released a call to action for individuals to sign a letter to California Governor Jerry Brown requesting that he preserve health benefits for children with autism, specifically Applied Behavioral Analysis, as the state continues to transition children from Healthy Families to Medi-Cal.
  • KidsWell CA Partners Issue Press Release on State's Failure to Ensure Behavioral Health Services in Healthy Families Transition

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  • CDF-CA Outlines Medicaid Expansion Options in Governor Brown's 2013-14 FY Budget

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    CA: The Children’s Defense Fund – California (CDF-CA) released resources on Governor Brown’s proposed 2013-14 FY budget, which includes an overview of the Medi-Cal (California’s Medicaid Program) expansion proposal.  Governor Brown proposes two options for expansion through a state-based or county-based approach. According to CDF-CA, the expansion would provide coverage for 1.4 million individuals and help to enroll eligible children who are currently not enrolled.
  • Call to Action! MomsRising Joins California Advocates Urging Governor to Expand Medicaid

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    MomsRising and CA: MomsRising issued a call to action, in collaboration with KidsWell California Advocates, to urge Governor Jerry Brown to support the California Legislature in expanding Medi-Cal.
  • ACA Anniversary Celebration! KidsWell Advocates Blogged to Celebrate the ACA's 3rd Anniversary!

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    MomsRising, CA, MD, NY, TX: MomsRising, Children’s Defense Fund –CA, Children’s Defense Fund – NY, Health Care For All New YorkAdvocates for Children and Youth , and Texas Well and Health, published blog posts in celebration of the Affordable Care Act’s third anniversary. The advocates note that the ACA has and will continue to help Americans access affordable, quality health care.
  • KidsWell Grantees Give California Health Department a C-Minus on Moving Kids to Medi-Cal

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    CA: The KidsWell California Grantees submitted a letter to Cindy Mann, Deputy Administrator of CMS and Director of CMCS, providing a status report on the state’s progress and concerns they have on the transition of beneficiaries from Healthy Families to Medi-Cal. In a press release the grantees gave the California Department of Health Care Services a report card of a C-minus on the progress of the transition. Jenny Kattlove of The Children’s Partnership was featured in a HealthyCal.org article on her research on the Denti-Cal program and the possible dental crisis when an estimated one million children enroll in the program in 2014.
  • California Grantees Ask HHS to Make Sure that States Are Prepared for the Open Enrollment Period

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    CA: KidsWell California Grantees submitted comments to HHS on the Medicaid, CHIP, and Exchange proposed rule. The grantees recommend that the final rule include a timeline and set of procedures to ensure that states are prepared for the initial open enrollment period. If a state cannot demonstrate that it is ready, the final rule should then require the state to accept the federal determination of Medicaid/CHIP eligibility until the state’s system is able to comply with the federal law. The Children’s Partnership (TCP) also submitted comments to HHS on the single streamlined application proposed federal models.
  • Better that Budget! KidsWell California Asked Governor Brown to Allocate More Money in the State Budget to Improving Kids' Health Care

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    CA: In response to Governor Brown’s state budget proposal, California KidsWell Grantees issued a statement urging the governor and state legislature to continue to devote funds to address health care needs of California children. The grantees specifically requested that the state allocate revenue to work towards improving health care for children and to preserve a basic health care safety net for individuals who remain uninsured.
  • KidsWell California Wants the Exchange to Better Serve its Service Center!

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    CA: California KidsWell Grantees, in collaboration with various other organizations, sent comments to California’s State-Based Exchange on the protocols and consumer experience in the Exchange’s Service Center, which will be accessible through the web and a toll-free number phone number. The grantees noted that they are working to ensure that consumers will have a “first-class consumer experience, do not encounter delays in eligibility determination, and are not subject to duplicative application screenings.”
  • California KidsWell Partners Urge DHHS to Slow Healthy Families Program Transition to Medi-Cal

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    CA: California KidsWell Grantees, in collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics and California Coverage & Health Initiatives, submitted comments to the California Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) Secretary Dianna Dooley on the Healthy Families Program (CHIP) transition to Medi-Cal.  The advocates urge DHHS to slow down the transition to ensure that the various gaps in coverage are addressed.
  • CDF-CA Posted a List of State Health Legislation That was Signed or Vetoed by Governor Brown

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    CA: Children’s Defense Fund, California (CDF-CA) posted a list of state health legislation that was signed or vetoed by Governor Brown. Signed legislation included: establishing the state's Essential Health Benefits Package; providing coverage for low-income pregnant women age 18 or below to receive coverage under the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program; the development of mechanisms to avoid gaps in health coverage; and requirements for the California Health & Human Services Agency to establish a single application form for state health subsidy programs.
  • KidsWell California Partners With 20 Health and Children's Advocates Submitted Letter to CHHS Requesting a Delay in the Healthy Families Transition

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    California KidsWell Grantees, in collaboration with 20 health and children’s advocates, submitted a letter to California Health & Human Services Agency Secretary Diana Dooley requesting a delay of the transition of children from the Healthy Families Program (California’s CHIP) to Medi-Cal.  The CA KidsWell Grantees also released a brief listing seven pre-requisites that should be met before the transition begins. 
  • KidsWell California Partners Issued a Statement of Disappointment in Response to the Legislative Session's Lack of Action Regarding the Healthy Families Transition

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    CA: The Children's Partnership, Children Now, CDF-CA, California Coverage & Health Initiatives, PICO California and United Ways of California issued a statement of disappointment in response to the close of California’s legislative session stating that it was “a missed opportunity to secure the $200 million in desperately needed revenues from the Managed Care Organization (MCO) assessment and to delay or stop the pending transition of children from the Healthy Families Program [California’s Children’s Health Insurance Program] to Medi-Cal [California’s Medicaid Program].”
  • KidsWell California Partners Published a List of Priority Bills to Advocate for Successful Implementation of the ACA

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    CA:  The Children’s Defense Fund – California (CDF-CA), in partnership with 100% Campaign, published a list of priority bills from the 2012 California legislative session to advocate for successful implementation of the ACA and will hold two informational webinars on October 1st and October 2nd.

  • KidsWell California Partners Submitted Comments to the State’s Exchange Regarding Child-Only Qualified Health Plans

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    TCP, 100% Campaign, Children Now, the Children’s Defense Fund-California, and California Coverage & Health Initiatives submitted comments to the California Health Benefit Exchange regarding child-only Qualified Health Plans (QHPs).
  • KidsWell California Announced Support for Bright Line Alternative

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    Forty National and California advocates including Children Now, PICO California, The Children's Partnership, and the Children's Defense Fund - CA issued a statement to Governor Brown in support of the "Bright-Line" alternative to the children's health budget proposal. This alternative option would only transfer "Bright Line" children with family incomes up to 133% of the federal poverty level (FPL).
  • KidsWell California Partners Advocated to Protect Healthy Families Program

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    California KidsWell advocates were actively engaged in responding to Governor Jerry Brown’s May budget proposal which would eliminate Healthy Families, California’s Children’s Health Insurance Program, and transfer it’s beneficiaries into Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program. Advocates raise concerns that the transfer of nearly 900,000 kids into Medi-Cal would create a physician shortage due to the decreasing number of physicians accepting Medi-Cal patients. Advocacy included: (1) postings on the Children’s Defense Fund-CA’s (CDF-CA) Children’s State Budget Watch website; (2) a report released by Children Now, Revised State Budget Sells Kids Short; (3) an article in the California Progress Report written by Mike Odeh of Children Now and Michele Stillwell-Parvensky of CDF-CA; and (4) an article in La Opinion featuring Michelle Stillwell of CDF-CA.
  • California KidsWell Partners Celebrate the ACA's Anniversary

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    CDF-CA and Children Now published a blog post in the California Progress Report celebrating the ACA’s two year anniversary and providing an overview of what the ACA has done for California children.
  • CDF-CA Released Data on the ACA's Benefits for Children

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    The Children’s Defense Fund – California (CDF-CA) released data highlighting how California children are benefiting from the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Key highlights include: (1) 1.6 million children are eligible for preventive services (e.g., annual check-ups and immunizations without co-pays); (2) over 350,000 young adults can receive health insurance under the dependent coverage provision; (3) almost 600,000 children with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied health insurance and 3.2 million children are no longer subject to lifetime limits; and (4) 4.5 million children depend on coverage from Medi-Cal or Healthy Families, that is now protected by the ACA.

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