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!

Eligibility & Enrollment

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  • TCP Blogs about Five Years of the ACA in California

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    CA: The Children’s Partnership (TCP) blogged about the ACA’s impact on coverage in California in honor of the law’s fifth anniversary. Covered California is providing insurance for  1.8 million individuals, including over 100,000 children.   Medi-Cal added 2.7 million enrollees, including over 1 million children. While there is much to celebrate, an estimated 170,000 children in the State still lack insurance due to their immigration status and TCP supports the passage of SB 4, a Bill that would provide health care to all regardless of immigration status.

  • The Children’s Partnership Blogs About School Enrollment Efforts

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    CA: The Children’s Partnership blogged about the ALL IN For Health campaign’s efforts to reach families through schools, early learning and care, and after-school sites. The campaign is working with Montebello and Natomas Unified School Districts to enroll families in Covered California and Medi-Cal. The campaign has helped over 70 families enroll in coverage and will continue through the end of the 2015 Open Enrollment Period.

  • 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.

  • 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.  
  • It’s a SNAP! The Children’s Partnership Blogs About Express Lane Enrollment

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    CA: Kristen Golden Testa, a director for The Children’s Partnership (TCP), authored a guest blog post on the Georgetown’s Center for Children and Families’ Say Ahhh! blog about California’s decision to use “express enrollment” to identify children enrolled in CalFresh (SNAP) who are eligible for, but not yet enrolled, in Medi-Cal.  TCP also released FAQs in both English and Spanish describing the new express enrollment process.  California identified 153,000 CalFresh children who are eligible for express enrollment into MediCal.   

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

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    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

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

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

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    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

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

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    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.


  • 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

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    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!

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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.”
  • The Children's Partnership Engaged in Thought Leadership Regarding Medi-Cal Enrollment and Transition

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    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. 
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.  

  • 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 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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