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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  • CDF-NY Praises State’s Response to Congress’s Inquiry on CHIP

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    NY: Children’s Defense Fund-New York praised the Department of Health’s response to Congress’s call for more information about CHIP. The letter underscores the impact that CHIP has had on New York’s uninsured children and encourages Congress to extend funding for the program beyond FY 2015.

  • New York KidsWell Partners To Host Webinars on Care for Unaccompanied Minors

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    NY: KidsWell Partners Children’s Defense Fund-New York and Health Care For All New York will host webinars on October 23rd and 30th about care for unaccompanied minors in New York State.  The first webinar will focus on health care access and the second webinar will focus on behavioral health services.
  • CDF-NY Blogs About School-Based Health Centers

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    NY:  Lorraine Gonzalez-Camastra, director of Health Policy for the Children’s Defense Fund-New York (CDF-NY), authored a guest blog post on the Georgetown Center for Children and Families’ Say Ahhh! blog about the important access points that School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs) provide to children and youth seeking comprehensive primary health care services.  The blog also highlights New York’s shifting financing stream for SBHCs and the need for sustained funding and growth.

  • CDF-NY Promotes the Future of School-Based Health Centers

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    NY: The Children’s Defense Fund-New York (CDF-NY) published a report on School-based Health Centers (SBHCs) in New York State to: highlight their value; ensure their continued sustainability; and establish growth opportunities.  Lorraine Gonzalez-Camastra, the report’s author and director of Health Policy for CDF-NY, was quoted in The Epoch Times raising concerns about SBHCs’ imperiled funding under the state’s Medicaid Redesign.  Gonzalez-Camastra stated, “This [issue] can get lost in the bigger picture of Medicaid reform.  We don’t want it to get lost. If these centers go away … it’s going to affect the public health of our children.”

  • CDF-NY Hosts Briefing on ACA and Uninsured Children and Families

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    NY: Children’s Defense Fund – New York (CDF-NY) and partners in the Children, Youth & Families Taskforce organized by KidsWell New York, held a briefing on the ACA’s implementation and its impact on children and families. The event focused on the New York State of Health, New York’s health benefit exchange, and effective outreach and assistance strategies targeting small businesses, immigrants, and people experiencing health disparities.  Presenters included representatives from CDF-NY, the Community Service Society of New York (CSS), and Harlem United Community AIDS Center, Inc.   


  • CYF Released Informational Guides on the ACA

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    The Children, Youth and Families (CYF) Task Force, organized by the Community Service Society of NY (CSS), the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy (SCAA) and the Children’s Defense Fund-NY (CDF-NY), released three Quick Sheets on how the ACA will affect: (1) children’s oral health; (2) children’s behavioral health; and (3) promoting “seamless” coverage.
  • CDF-NY Held Informational Meeting on the ACA

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    The Children’s Defense Fund-New York’s (CDF-NY) Child Health Now! Coalition will hold a meeting on May 18th at 9:30am ET in New York focusing on (1)  an Affordable Care Act (ACA) update; (2)  New York City and state budgets for FY 2012-2013; (3) a keynote presentation by Sherry Ehrlich with the Hudson Center for Health Equity and Equality titled “CHIPRA-Funded Project – Using Infrastructure Technology for Seamless Enrollment and Retention;” and (4) a story roundtable exercise. In addition, a downstate lead agency meeting will take place directly after the Coalition meeting. Registration  for both meetings is requested and interested parties should email
  • 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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