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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  • ACY Expresses Concern about HHS's Proposal for Pediatric Dental Coverage to be Optional in Plans Offered in the Exchange

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    MD: Leigh Cobbs, Health Policy Director of Advocates for Children and Youth, was quoted in the Baltimore Sun expressing concern about the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services proposal that would allow pediatric dental coverage to be offered as an optional service in plans offered through the Exchange. The article notes that, if HHS finalizes this proposal, pediatric dental coverage could be very costly and deter families from purchasing dental plans. 

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