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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  • KidsWell Partners Comment on Children’s Access to Care

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    CDF, CA: KidsWell Partners commented on the lack of doctors who are willing to treat Medi-Cal enrollees for an article in the California Health Report. Alison Buist, director of healthy policy for the Children’s Defense Fund, stated, “[i]f you look at the numbers, it’s hard to see [that access is] not a problem.” The article also discussed the difficultly in teasing out the impact of transitioning patients from the Healthy Families program to Medi-cal. Kristen Golden Testa, director of the California health program for The Children’s Partnership, stated, “[w]e’re not anywhere where we know if there is an impact with a reduced private network with this population.”

  • 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.

  • California KidsWell Partners Comment on Governor’s Budget Proposal

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    CA: California KidsWell partners, Children Now, Children’s Defense Fund-CA, PICO California, and The Children’s Partnership, issued a press release along with two other statewide organizations on the governor’s proposed budget. The press release notes a missed opportunity to expand Medi-Cal coverage to immigrants newly eligible for “deferred action” status, disappointment in maintained cuts to Medi-Cal provider rates, and excitement for a proposal to expand a county pediatric palliative care pilot program. The organizations call on the Governor and Legislature to create a system that will truly cover all children in California regardless of income or immigration status.

  • 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.

  • TCP Blogs About ALL IN For Health Campaign

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    CA: The Children’s Partnership provided an update on their ALL IN For Health Campaign after the first few weeks of open enrollment. The update features background on the campaign and materials that encourage people to sign up for health coverage, including an infographic.


  • California KidsWell Partners Praise Governor Brown’s Support for CHIP

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    CA: The Children’s Health Coverage Coalition, which includes KidsWell partners Children Now, Children’s Defense Fund-California, PICO California, and The Children’s Partnership, issued a press release praising the Brown Administration’s letter calling on Congress to extend CHIP funding. The letter encourages Congress to act early and emphasizes CHIP’s importance to California’s fiscal stability.

  • TCP Comments on Uninsured Hispanic Children Report

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    CA: The Children’s Partnership (TCP) issued a press release commenting on a report on Hispanic children’s health coverage released by the Georgetown Center on Children and Families and the National Council of La Raza. The press release names California a “standout state” because its rate of uninsured Hispanic children is just over 9.5%, almost two percentage points lower than the national rate. Kristen Golden Testa, California health director for TCP stated, “[o]ur state made sure we partnered with local folks that know the individuals in very specific communities, rather than just putting things in Spanish.”

  • TCP Health Coverage Blog Featured in The Huffington Post

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    CA: Wendy Lazarus, founder and co-president for The Children’s Partnership, blogged about the positive impact of the ACA and Medicaid expansion on health care coverage for children and was featured by The Huffington Post. The blog highlights the large gains in coverage realized since the ACA became law and emphasizes the need to keep children covered during the renewal process.

  • The Children’s Partnership Applauds Governor’s Support for Health-Related Bills

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    CA: The Children’s Partnership (TCP) issued press releases commending Governor Brown for signing two health-related bills into law. The first release applauds the Governor for signing a bill that will spread the Virtual Dental Home demonstration, a program that brings dental care into places like schools, Head Start sites, and assisted living centers, across the state. The second release, issued by California Coverage & Health Initiatives, United Ways of California, and KidsWell partners Children Now, Children’s Defense Fund-California, PICO California, commends the Governor for signing a bill which allows the state to accept $12 million in private foundation and federal funds to assist with Medi-Cal renewals. 
  • California KidsWell Partners Comment on Medi-Cal Managed Care Quality Strategy

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    CA: California KidsWell partners Children Now, Children’s Defense Fund – California, and The Children’s Partnership, the First 5 Association of California and the United Way Organizations of California sent a letter to DHCS commenting on the draft 2014 Annual Assessment of the Quality Strategy for Medi-Cal Managed Care. The letter notes that the draft strategy, required by the federal government, needs to focus more on children’s health care and pediatric quality indicators because children under 18 make up 62% of Medi-Cal Managed Care enrollees. 

  • TCP Joins Letter of Support for CHIP Extension

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    CA: The Children’s Partnership and Children Now, along with dental health advocates, co-signed a letter applauding Representatives Waxman and Pallone for their support of the CHIP Extension and Improvement Act of 2014. The letter also highlights the importance of including dental care in CHIP’s cost-sharing limit as a way to keep health care affordable for working families.

  • California KidsWell Partners Advocate to Help Children and Families Maintain Medi-Cal Coverage

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    CA: KidsWell grantees, Children Now, PICO California, The Children’s Partnership, and Children’s Defense Fund – California, joined the California Coverage & Health Initiatives and the United Way of California on a statement advocating for Senate Bill (SB) 18. SB 18 would require the state to accept private foundation funds and matching federal funds to help children and families maintain their Medi-Cal coverage. The California Endowment has already offered $6 million which, should the bill become law, would be matched by $6 million in federal funds. The bill was passed by the Appropriations Committee and will now head to the Assembly floor.

  • TCP Issues Progress Report on the ALL IN Campaign

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    CA: The Children’s Partnership released a progress report on the impact of the ALL IN Campaign to increase enrollment in health coverage through education, enrollment events, and partnerships with schools and school districts. ALL IN reached over 114,000 parents, 6,250 school board members, and 2,000 county and district school superintendents. The report discusses lessons learned and outlines the campaign strategy for the upcoming school year.

  • California KidsWell Partners Circulate Advocate for the Renewal of CHIP Funding

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    CA: KidsWell California grantees, Children Now, PICO California, The Children’s Partnership, and the Children’s Defense Fund – California, wrote a memo to U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer as Congress considers renewing CHIP funding, which expires in 2015. The memo recommends that CHIP funding be renewed for at least four more years, supports and highlights the importance of the “CHIP bump” as an investment in children’s health care, highlights the renewal of CHIP funding as an opportunity to improve and realize program efficiencies, and calls for renewal as soon as possible.  

  • Kidswell Partners Support Bill to Strengthen Stakeholder Input for Children in Medi-Cal

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    MomsRising, CA: Over 50 organizations, including KidsWell grantees, MomsRising, Children Now, Children’s Defense Fund – California, PICO California, and The Children’s Partnership, signed onto a letter to the California Legislature strongly supporting the passage of AB 357 to modify the name, scope, and structure of the Healthy Families Advisory Panel. The letter strongly urges the legislature to support the bill as a way to ensure providers, families, and stakeholders representing enrollees have a voice to address issues affecting children in Medi-Cal.

  • California KidsWell Partners Issue Statement on Medi-Cal Coverage for Children with Autism

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    CA: KidsWell California grantees, Children Now, Children’s Defense Fund-California , PICO California, and The Children’s Partnership, joined California Coverage and Health Initiatives in a statement supporting California’s State Plan Amendment (SPA) that would make Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy a covered benefit under  Medi-Cal. ABA therapy was previously covered for children with autism in the Healthy Families Program, but children lost this benefit when Healthy Families consolidated with Medi-Cal last year. The State will submit the SPA in September and coverage would be retroactive to July 1, 2014.

  • 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.  

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