Advocates for Children and Youth

Advocates for Children and Youth (ACY) was founded in 1987 by a group of prominent child advocates in Maryland who saw the need for an independent organization to advocate for the needs of the state's children and families in the community, the media and the public policy arena. Since its founding, ACY’s mission has been to identify problems, promote policies and programs that improve results for Maryland children in measurable and meaningful ways, and evaluate the effectiveness of programs and policies for the state's children and youth. Its goals include ensuring that children have access to affordable, quality health care coverage in Maryland. See below for more information about ACY’s recent activities, accomplishments, and advocacy work and tools!

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  • KidsWell Maryland Partners Issued a Press Release in Response to CCFs' report on Children Coverage Trends in the United States

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    MD: Maryland KidsWell Grantees issued a press release in response to the Centers for Children and Families' report on children’s coverage trends in the U.S. highlighting that 3,000 more Maryland children were insured in 2011 compared to 2009.
  • ACY Helped Maryland Secure Second CHIPRA Performance Bonus

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    With help from children health advocates, Maryland was able to secure its second CHIPRA performance bonus from CMS, according to a press release by Advocates for Children and Youth (ACY). In 2011, Maryland enrolled an additional 41,000 children, and since 2007 the State has seen a 34% overall increase in enrollment. Maryland’s bonus of $28.3 million is the largest of the 23 bonuses awarded by CMS this year.

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