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!

  • 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.
  • TCP Posted an E-Update Highlighting South Carolina and Oregon on Recent Success Enrolling Members with Express Lane Eligibility

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    CA: The Children’s Partnership (TCP) issued an E-Update highlighting South Carolina and Oregon on their recent enrollment successes using Express Lane Eligibility (ELE).
  • 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].”
  • TCP Issued an E-Update Highlighting an Interview on Oregon's Exchange

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    CA: The Children’s Partnership (TCP) issued an E-Update highlighting an interview session with individuals leading Oregon’s Exchange efforts to prepare the state’s eligibility and enrollment system.
  • 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).
  • TCP Highlighted an Interview with Massachusetts’s Leaders Preparing the State’s Eligibility and Enrollment System

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    CA: The Children’s Partnership (TCP) issued an E-Update highlighting an interview session with individuals leading Massachusetts's efforts to prepare the state’s eligibility and enrollment system.  At the request of TCP, the George Washington University Medical Center published a memorandum examining the California Health Benefit Exchange’s authority to establish enriched coverage policies for children, specifically in the case of child-only plans.
  • The Children's Partnership & National KidsWell Partners Supported CMS Regulations

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    CDF, First Focus, & CA: CDF, First Focus, and The Children's Partnership submitted comments and expressed strong support to CMS on the proposed primary care physicians reimbursement rate regulations.

  • TCP Issued Memorandums to Assist with State ACA Implementation

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    The Children’s Partnership (TCP) released two memorandums to help states move forward with implementing the ACA. Memorandum topics include:

    Developing a pre-enrollment strategy in preparation for newly eligible individuals who will be able to apply for coverage on January 1, 2013. The memorandum lays out a series of steps to help states leverage their connections with other public programs (e.g., Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)) and establish an effective enrollment process.

    Maintaining existing critical points of access to care and coverage (e.g., California’s Child Health and Disability Program (CHDP) Gateway) to facilitate presumptive eligibility (PE) and immediate access to Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) services for children. The memorandum lays out steps to: (1) use these points of access to reach out and enroll additional family members who are newly eligible under the ACA; and (2) utilize newly eligibility and enrollment systems to promote ongoing coverage without undermining existing access points.  

  • 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).
  • TCP Director Featured in Blog on ACA's Benefits for Foster Care

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    In celebration of Foster Care month, The Children’s Partnership (TCP) Director of HIT Initiatives for Vulnerable Youth Ginny Puddefoot, was featured on a Georgetown University Center for Children and Families Say Ahh! blog post. The post focuses on how foster care can benefit the from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) due to a provision extending Medicaid coverage for foster children until the age of 26 beginning in 2014; currently Medicaid benefits end for foster children at age 21.
  • TCP Released Eligibility & Enrollment To-Do List and Resource Guide

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    The Children’s Partnership (TCP) released a top “to-do” list and resource guide highlighting what states need to accomplish before the fall of 2013 to successfully implement an eligibility and enrollment system. The list includes: (1) develop a pre-enrollment strategy; (2) develop plans for consumer assistance; (3) design a consumer-friendly front-end interface/application; and (4) design and develop an interoperable information technology system of systems. 
  • TCP Published Highlights on Benefits of the ACA

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    The Children’s Partnership (TCP) published a guest blog post on Insure the Uninsured Project; featured on Southern California Public Radio; quoted in an article by New America Media; published a Letter To the Editor in the Sacramento Bee; featured on a CBS Los Angeles on a story of a family benefitting from the ACA; attended two press events sponsored by Health Access; and participated in several national social media campaigns with the American Academy of Pediatrics, First Focus, and Families USA.
  • Children's Partnership Co-President Announced Opposition to Governor Brown's Proposed Budget Cuts

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    A January 5, 2012 LA Times article quoted Children’s Partnership’s Wendy Lazarus as opposing cuts in Governor Brown’s new budget proposal. “It would be irresponsible to move forward with these proposals without assurances that children will not be harmed,” she said. At issue is potentially devastating cuts to the Healthy Families program, which provides coverage for children not poor enough to qualify for Medi-Cal but who still lack health insurance.
  • Children Now Submitted Comments on HHS' 2011 Essential Health Benefit Bulletin

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    Children Now submitted comments on HHS’ EHB Bulletin, issued in December 2011, which outlines the intended regulatory approach the Department plans to use in defining Essential Health Benefits (EHB) in the Exchanges. Specifically, the comments recommend that HHS: (1) define a core or “floor” EHB standard for children; (2) evaluate additional options for pediatric vision coverage; (3) provide more guidance and protections for pediatric dental coverage; (4) limit and closely scrutinize benefit design flexibility; (5) place greater emphasis on the inclusion of preventive care; and (6) require that the EHB selection process is open and transparent. Fellow KidsWell grantees Children’s Defense Fund – California, PICO California and The Children’s Partnership were signatories to the submission. In addition, Children Now participated in a briefing the Exchange Board held on the topic.
  • TCP Published Roadmap on Constructing a Consumer-Driven Exchange Enrollment System

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    The Children’s Partnership published a policy guide, Building A Consumer-Driven Eligibility, Enrollment, and Renewal System: Essential Design Features for Effective Health Reform in California, on constructing a consumer-friendly enrollment system through which all applicants can easily and quickly apply for coverage, receive coverage, and stay enrolled. The roadmap lays out four design features (and practical recommendations for actions) necessary to enroll almost 4 million newly eligible Californians for subsidized health coverage under health reform and assist the over 8 million already receiving coverage. While written with a specific focus on California, the information and recommendations in the report will be relevant and helpful to advocates and decision makers in any state.

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