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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  • KidsWell Partners to Host New York Health Coverage Disparities Discussion

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    YI, NY: Young Invincibles and Children’s Defense Fund – New York will host a discussion on ACA implementation, its impact on young New Yorkers, and how new options for health coverage can eliminate disparities in marginalized communities on October 20th. Registration is available now.

  • 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 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.   

     

  • ACA Anniversary Celebration! KidsWell Advocates Blogged to Celebrate the ACA's 3rd Anniversary!

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    MomsRising, CA, MD, NY, TX: MomsRising, Children’s Defense Fund –CA, Children’s Defense Fund – NY, Health Care For All New YorkAdvocates for Children and Youth , and Texas Well and Health, published blog posts in celebration of the Affordable Care Act’s third anniversary. The advocates note that the ACA has and will continue to help Americans access affordable, quality health care.
  • 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.
  • KidsWell New York Partners Held Meeting on State-Based Exchange

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    The Children, Youth & Families Task Force of Health Care For All New York (HCFANY), in collaboration with the Children’s Defense Fund - NY, Community Service Society of New York, and the Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, held a meeting on May 9, 2012 in Albany. The agenda focused on the newly signed Executive Order to establish a state-based Exchange. In addition, Judy Arnold of the New York Department of Health will be featured as a speaker. Registration is available here.
  • 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 childhealthnow@cdfny.org.
  • 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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