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!

  • KidsWell California Released Statement in Response to Budget Omitting Autism Services for Children

    Share |
    CA: The Children’s Defense Fund – California, The Children’s Partnership, and Children Now released a statement in response to the budget deal reached by Governor Brown and the legislature which failed to include $50 million in funding for Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) services for children with autism in Medi-Cal. The advocates stated that, due to the decision, hundreds of children with autism will lose access to needed services. “… at a time when the state’s fiscal outlook is improving, it is unjust to pass a budget that continues to deprive children of medically necessary care and causes serious harm to children with autism and their families,” said Jamila Iris Edwards, Northern California Director of Children’s Defense Fund-California. “The State has broken its promise that no child would lose access to critical health care in the Healthy Families transition. The Governor and Legislature must act quickly to remedy the current situation and ensure these children get the services they need to grow up healthy and ready to learn,”.
  • The Children's Partnership Published Article on the Necessary Steps to Cover Foster Youth

    Share |
    CA: Wendy Lazarus, Founder & Co-President of The Children’s Partnership (TCP), published an article in the Huffington Post, co-authored by Ginny Puddefoot of TCP, on the necessary steps states need to take to ensure that former foster youth have access to coverage under the ACA. Specifically, Lazarus notes that states needs to take proactive steps to ensure former foster youth are aware of and can access Medicaid coverage until age 26. She argues that states, acting as “parents,” have an “obligation and responsibility to identify and notify former foster youth, under age 26, of these new health options.” States should also ensure that current foster youth retain their Medicaid coverage.
  • Action Alert! MomsRising & CA Requested Signatures to Preserve Services in California Healthy Families Transition

    Share |
    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.
  • OOOO-klahoma! The Children's Partnership Interviewed Oklahomas on its Successful Online Eligibility and Enrollment System

    Share |
    CA: As part of The Children’s Partnership’s Innovators in Health Reform series, Nico Gomez, CEO at the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, and Derek Lieser, Director of Enrollment Automation & Data Integrity, were interviewed on best practices and lessons learned in developing the state’s successful online Medicaid eligibility and enrollment system. The interview includes information as to what lead Oklahoma to develop the system and how they addressed initial operational challenges.
  • The Children's Partnership Published Huffington Post Op-Ed on CA Kids and the ACA

    Share |
    CA: Wendy Lazarus, founder and co-president of The Children’s Partnership, published an Op-Ed in the Huffington Post highlighting the essential ACA “ingredients” that California will need to ensure children will have access to coverage. Ms. Lazarus argues the recipe for success requires: establishing a streamlined enrollment system; ensuring enough health care providers are available for children; expanding Medicaid to cover low-income adults who are often parents; implementing the Small Business Health Options Program to connect employees of small businesses to coverage for themselves and their children; ensuring that Essential Health Benefits meet children’s needs; and making coverage under the ACA affordable for children and their families .
  • KidsWell CA Partners Issue Press Release on State's Failure to Ensure Behavioral Health Services in Healthy Families Transition

    Share |
  • Call to Action! MomsRising Joins California Advocates Urging Governor to Expand Medicaid

    Share |
    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.
  • Are You Racing Against the Exchange Open Enrollment Countdown? The Children's Partnership Published a Resource to Help with Eligibility and Enrollment Issues

    Share |
    CA: As part of its ACA Year Three: Final Countdown, The Children's Partnership published a resource that provides tools and information to help states with current issues they are facing in their Exchange Implementation. The resource includes information on: finalizing the online and paper single streamlined applications; ensuring privacy while transmitting and receiving eligibility and enrollment verification data; finalizing eligibility verification policies; and ensuring a seamless enrollment process.
  • Kattlove of TCP Discusses Dental Coverage Crisis in California

    Share |
    CA: 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.
  • KidsWell Grantees Give California Health Department a C-Minus on Moving Kids to Medi-Cal

    Share |
    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.
  • The Children's Partnership Wants the Exchange to Benefit Consumers!

    Share |
    CA: Wendy Lazarus, Founder and Co-President of The Children’s Partnership, published an article in Capitol Weekly outlining the following recommendations to Covered California (California’s State-based Exchange): “the system works efficiently for consumers; that families are enrolled in real time rather than through a two-or three-step process during which they can fall through the cracks or become discouraged; that performance standards for how enrollment ought to work are set and monitored continuously; and that the Exchange step in if enrollment partners’ performance is sub-par.”
  • California Grantees Ask HHS to Make Sure that States Are Prepared for the Open Enrollment Period

    Share |
    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.
  • Advocates Say No to Waiting Periods! First Focus, CCF and California Grantees Sent Comments to HHS on CHIP Waiting Periods in the Proposed Rule

    Share |

    First Focus, CCF & CA: First Focus, CCF, and The Children’s Partnership, in collaboration with various other organizations, submitted comments to HHS on the CHIP waiting period provision included in the Medicaid and CHIP proposed rule.

     

  • Better that Budget! KidsWell California Asked Governor Brown to Allocate More Money in the State Budget to Improving Kids' Health Care

    Share |
    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.
  • Children's Partnership is Driving Down the Express Lane to More Seamless Eligibility and Enrollment – Check out their Express Lane and Fiscal Cliff Update Here

    Share |
    CA: The Children’s Partnership released an Express Lane Update highlighting the extension of the Express Lane Eligibility provision in the fiscal cliff agreement to further support states efforts to enhance their enrollment strategies under the ACA.
  • KidsWell California Wants the Exchange to Better Serve its Service Center!

    Share |
    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.”
  • Hey, Techy Advocates! Check Out First Focus and Children's Partnership's Brief on Using Information Technology to Identify and Track Young Adults in Foster Care

    Share |
    First Focus and CA: First Focus, in collaboration with their State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center (SPARC) partners, and the Children’s Partnership published a brief on investing in IT systems that enable electronic information exchanges for helping to identify and track young adults in foster care. In addition, a webinar was held on January 31st to provide an overview and to discuss the brief. 
  • The Children's Partnership Engaged in Thought Leadership Regarding Medi-Cal Enrollment and Transition

    Share |
    CA: Wendy Lazarus, founder and co-president of The Children’s Partnership, was quoted in a California Healthline article regarding the transition of children enrolled in Healthy Families to Medi-Cal.  The Children’s Partnership also released an Express Lane Update highlighting an interview with Lucy Streett, Senior Policy Manager for Social Interest Solutions, on the development of the “One-e-App” mobile enrollment tool and the benefits and challenges in implementing enrollment tools. 
  • The Children's Partnership Released Brief on How the Small Business Health Options Program Can Help Children

    Share |
    CA: The Children’s Partnership issued a two-page brief providing suggestions on how the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) can be used to identify and help dependent children of employees seeking coverage.  
  • The Children's Partnership Commended HHS for Extending the Deadline for State Exchange Declaration Letters and Blueprints

    Share |
    CA: The Children’s Partnership issued an E-Update highlighting that HHS’s extension for states to submit their Exchange declaration letters and blueprints provides the opportunity for stakeholders and advocates to help shape their Exchange decisions.

View News by Partner