Children’s Defense Fund - New York

The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. The Children's Defense Fund — New York (CDF-NY) focuses on creating policy and programmatic changes that will level the playing field for New York's children. CDF-NY’s research, public education, policy analysis, community organizing and advocacy is primarily focused on juvenile justice, health, early childhood learning, education and youth development. CDF-NY raises awareness about the condition of children’s health in New York, connects children and families to health care programs and services that help meet their needs, and works with statewide partners to coordinate support and form policy solutions for health care legislative action. See below for more information about CDF-NY’s recent activities, accomplishments, and advocacy work and tools!

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  • NAM Article Highlights Mental Health Needs Among NY’s Asian Americans

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    NAM & NY: New America Media published an article about mental health needs among New York’s Asian American community, highlighting the ACA’s expansion of mental health benefits.  Regarding the importance of expanded access to mental health services, Andrew Leonard, senior health policy associate for the Children’s Defense Fund—New York, noted that “the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community, historically, has had a lot higher rate of uninsured individuals as compared to the general population.”  Leonard also noted that an additional 20,000 Asian American children in New York City will gain coverage under the ACA, and by 2016, he estimated that over 2 million nationally would have access to care.
  • CDF-NY Submitted Comments on HHS' 2011 Essential Health Benefit Bulletin

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    Children's Defense Fund - New York submitted comments on HHS' December 2011 EHB Bulletin. In particular, the comments broached the following topics: (1) using the Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) benefits package as a benchmark; (2) strengthening the benchmarks for oral and vision services to include prevention, diagnosis, screening and treatment services that are medically necessary for children; (3) developing a standard definition of pediatric medical necessity; (4) limiting state and insurer flexibility; and (5) benchmark plan selection, updating and monitoring.

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