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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.  
  • TCP Lauds California’s School-Based Enrollment Efforts

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    CA: Wendy Lazarus, founder and president of The Children’s Partnership (TCP), was quoted in a Cabinet Report article about TCP’s “All in for Health” campaign that provides schools and child-care providers with tools to help children and their families enroll in health insurance coverage.  Lazarus lauds Tom Torlakson, California state superintendent, and other state organizations for making California “a leader in bringing health care to hundreds of thousands of children and their families.”

  • CA’s State Superintendent Promotes TCP Resources For Children’s Outreach and Enrollment

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    CA: California’s State Superintendent Tom Torlakson sent a letter to every school superintendent urging them to use The Children Partnership’s  ALL IN Campaign materials and resources to spread the word and help families enroll in health insurance coverage by March 31st.  

  • 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.

  • 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.   

  • TAP Published Op-Ed About ALL IN Campaign

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    CA: Wendy Lazarus, founder and co-president of The Children’s Partnership (TCP), published an op-ed in the Huffington Post on TCP’s ALL IN Campaign. The Campaign is collaboration among Covered California (the State-based Marketplace), state agencies, and local organizations to develop educational tools to help schools enroll uninsured children and their families into coverage.

  • 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.
  • TCP Responds to Exchange Open Enrollment Kick-Off!!

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    CA: The Children’s Partnership’s (TCP) Founder and Co-President, Wendy Lazarus, released a statement about TCP’s ALL IN Campaign, developed in collaboration with the California Department of Education, the California School Boards Association, the California School Health Centers Association, the California Coverage & Health Initiatives, Get Covered, and Covered California (the State-based Marketplace). Ms. Lazarus’s statement highlights TCPs work with its partners, California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, education leaders, schools, and child care providers across the state to educate families about the new health care options available through the Marketplaces.
  • 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. 
  • 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.

     

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