Children’s Defense Fund Texas

The Children's Defense Fund 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. CDF-Texas (CDF-TX) works statewide to raise awareness and represent the interests of Texas children, connect children and families to health care programs and services that help meet their needs, coordinate support and form policy solutions for health care legislative action. See below for more information about CDF-TX’s recent activities, accomplishments, and advocacy work and tools!

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  • Texas KidsWell Partners Comment on State of Children’s Health Coverage Children Report

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    TX: Children’s Defense Fund – Texas and Texas Well and Healthy issued a press release commenting on the report released by the Georgetown Center on Children and Families examining the state of children’s health coverage. The release notes that although Texas’ uninsured rate declined by 4.4% between 2008 and 2013, the state still has the second highest rate of uninsured children in the nation at 12.6%. Dr. Laura Guerra-Cardus, associate director of the Children’s Defense Fund–Texas and a co-lead of the Texas Well and Healthy Campaign, stated, “[u]nfortunately, hundreds of thousands of Texas children and their parents are uninsured, which not only puts these families at risk, but hurts the local economy.”

  • CDF-TX Publishes Multi-Faith Outreach Toolkit

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    TX: The Children’s Defense Fund – Texas (CDF-TX) published a multi-faith outreach toolkit for Texas Faith Communities titled In Pursuit of Justice for Texas Children. The toolkit includes key facts about children’s health in Texas, a state where 1.2 million children are uninsured and more than half of these children are eligible for coverage. The toolkit features resources to help congregations spread the word about children’s health coverage, including sample success stories, newsletter articles, bulletins, and social media posts. The toolkit’s Welcome Letter highlights that the communities’ “faiths call on us to help the least among us, and especially to protect children.”
  • Fiesta! CDF Texas Hosted Saturday Sign-Up for Children's Health Insurance

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    TX: The Children’s Defense Fund—Texas hosted a “Back to School” Saturday sign-up for families to learn about Children’s Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Representatives helped answer questions, assisted with applications and explained the new low-cost insurance opportunities available starting October 1st for children and families. 

  • CDF Texas and CA Awarded a Grant for School Based Health Outreach Effort

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    TX & CA: The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Texas and California chapters were awarded a grant to support a three-year school outreach effort to reduce the number of uninsured children. The project will be an extension of CDF’s All Healthy Children campaign and will work with the American Association of School Administrators to urge school districts to develop methods to identify uninsured children (such as including questions on school enrollment forms) and connecting them to coverage through the State Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program.  

  • KidsWell Texas Partners Launched Texas Well and Healthy Campaign

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    KidsWell Texas, comprised of Engage Texas, The Center for Public Policy Priorities, Children’s Defense Fund – Texas, and Texans Care for Children, launched Texas Well and Healthy, a statewide, grassroots campaign to organize thousands of parents, faith leaders, young adults, and small business owners, alongside other concerned residents, to ensure more children and adults have access to quality, affordable care. The campaign works toward effective implementation of the Affordable Care Act and protection of health care programs, like CHIP and Medicaid. “Texas Well and Healthy will help bring together the Texans who believe that you should be able to see a doctor when you need to in our state,” said Anne Dunkelberg, associate director of the Center for Public Policy Priorities. “State leaders can stand up and be forward-thinking about what we want for the health and future of this state. And every-day Texans can stand up and join this campaign to demand some change for Texas.”

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