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!

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  • TCP Spreads the Word About New Dental Coverage for Children

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    CA: The Children’s Partnership (TCP) blogged about Covered California including dental coverage in all health plans offered through the exchange for the first time ever. The blog notes that all children enrolled in Medi-Cal or a Covered California health plan will now have dental coverage, meaning that that most children in the state should now have dental coverage. To help spread the word, TCP also prepared fact sheets for parents and providers.

  • TCP Pens Dental Coverage Piece for the Huffington Post

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    CA: Wendy Lazarus, founder and co-president of The Children’s Partnership (TCP), and Jenny Kattlove, senior director of programs for TCP, co-authored an article in the Huffington Post on the state of children’s dental care in California. The article explains that California kids enrolled in either Covered California or Medi-Cal have guaranteed coverage for dental service, but notes that guaranteed coverage does not necessarily translate to accessing dental care. The authors call on the state to increase reimbursement rates and continue to explore innovative solutions like the Virtual Dental Home to ensure all children receive the dental care they need.

  • KidsWell Partners Respond to MACPAC Request on Future of Children’s Health Coverage

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    CCF, CDF, First Focus, NHeLP, CA: 49 groups, including KidsWell Partners Children’s Defense Fund, The Children’s Partnership, First Focus, the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, and the National Health Law Program, responded to a MACPAC request about how to improve Marketplace coverage for children. The letter advocates for the Commission to recognize the foundational role of Medicaid and CHIP and discusses: affordability of coverage; adequacy of covered benefits; network adequacy; and transitions between Medicaid, CHIP, Marketplaces, and employer sponsored insurance.

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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. 
  • The Children's Partnership Published Huffington Post Op-Ed on CA Kids and the ACA

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    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 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).
  • 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.

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