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 Updates 2015 Health Priorities

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    MD: Advocates for Children and Youth (ACY) released their 2015 policy priorities across a number of issue areas. ACY’s health priorities focus on Medicaid dental benefits, better connecting foster youth with Medicaid, and increasing health literacy among vulnerable populations.
  • ACY Highlights Health Care Needs of Former Foster Care Youth

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    MD:  Advocates for Children & Youth (ACY) released an issue brief about the health care needs of former foster care youth.  As part of its efforts to educate former foster care youth about Medicaid coverage available to them under the ACA, ACY partnered with community organizations to: conduct “train the trainer” sessions for social workers and other providers; developed quick-reference information cards for providers and young adults; and developed a song promoting health coverage for former foster youth. 

  • KidsWell NY, CA, & CCF Held Webinar on ACA Extension of Medicaid Coverage for Foster Care Kids

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    NY, CA, & CCF : KidsWell New York and KidsWell California, in collaboration with the Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF), held a state partner webinar to provide an overview of the ACA provision that will extend Medicaid coverage to foster children up to 26 years of age. In addition, the webinar discussed how to develop messaging and outreach strategies for state advocates and agencies to help enroll foster children into coverage. The webinar featured Tricia Brooks of CCF, Brooke Lehamn of Childworks, Bridget Walsh of Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy (SCAA), and Leigh Cobbs of Advocates for Children and Youth (ACY). Additionally, Children Now released a one-pager outlining the current statues in place limiting Medicaid coverage to California foster children and potential solutions. 
  • Want to Know What’s Going on in Maryland? ACY Released an Update on the State's Legislative Activity on Exchange Development

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    MD: Advocates for Children and Youth (ACY) published a webpage providing updates on their 2013 legislative activity, including supporting the Maryland Health Progress Act of 2013 (SB 274/HB 208) which would expand the Medicaid program and continue to implement the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange. In addition, ACY submitted proposed amendments to SB 274/HB 208 to strengthen the bill on former foster care children, continuity of care for serious pediatric dental conditions, twelve-month continuous enrollment, and developing a standing committee for on-going stakeholder participation.  

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