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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  • CDF-TX Promotes Enrollment on Spanish-Language News

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    TX: Dr. Laura Guerra-Cardus, associate director for the Children’s Defense Fund-Texas (CDF-TX), was interviewed on Univision, the Spanish-language channel, about the ACA’s new health insurance options and importance of enrolling before March 31st

  • 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.”
  • KidsWell Texas Responds to Exchange Open Enrollment Kick-Off!!

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    TX: Texas Well and Healthy (TWH) held a live tweet chat with Texas health coverage experts and MomsRising to help answer questions about the opening of the new Health Insurance Marketplace. In addition, TWH published a blog post highlighting the open enrollment period and issued a newsletter which included talking points to urge individuals to spread the word about the benefits of the Marketplace.


    The Center for Public Policy Priorities’ (CPPP) Associate Director, Anne Dunkelberg issued a statement highlighting the roll-out of health care reform.  In addition, CPPP’s website now provides links to a number of resources Texans can use to help answer questions they may have regarding health insurance, including the Kaiser Family Foundations Subsidy Calculator that gives personalized estimates of the premium rates and subsidies Texans can expect to see.


    Children’s Defense Fund – Texas featured information as to how individuals can apply for coverage through the Federally-facilitated Exchange on its home page


  • 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. 

  • Have Your Insurance Exchange Questions Answered! CDF Texas Teams up with Healthcare Stakeholders to Host Public Forum

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    TX: The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) Texas, in partnership with the Texas Organizing Project, University of Houston Center for Children Law & Policy and Enroll America’s Get Covered America campaign, will host a public forum on Saturday, September 7th. The forum, Healthcare in a Changing Landscape, will educate stakeholders and consumers on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the new Health Insurance Marketplace that opens for business on October 1st. The forum will take place at the University of Houston’s Law Center and registration is available online.
  • 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.  

  • Action Alert! CDF-TX Issues Call to Action to Urge House Legislators to Expand Medicaid

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    TX: The Children’s Defense Fund – Texas issued a call to action to urge House Legislators to pass HB 3791, which would expand Medicaid in the state. The call to action provided suggested messaging for individuals to use when calling their legislators; for example, “I live in your district. I'm asking you to support HB 3791. This is a creative, Texas-based solution to getting health coverage for low income Texans.”

  • Action Alert! CDF-TX Announced Call-a-Thon to Legislators and Released a Petition to Support Medicaid Expansion

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    TX: The Children’s Defense Fund - Texas issued a call to action requesting individuals to contact their state legislators and inform them that, with Medicaid expansion, over 1.5 million uninsured Texans would receive coverage.
  • KidsWell Texas Partners Featured in Article for Hosting Free Seminar on ACA

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    The Waco Tribune-Herald published an article highlighting a free seminar organized by the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP), Texas Well and Healthy (TWAH), the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) – Texas, Texans Care for Children and Engage Texas designed to provide an overview of changes due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The article noted that although the Supreme Court’s ruling on the ACA is scheduled to be released in the Summer, the organizations holding the event believe that it is still “worth the effort to educate people about the law in its current version.”  The same group has hosted similar seminars throughout Texas.
  • CDF-TX Associate Director Commented on Benefits of State-Based Exchange

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    Children’s Defense Fund – Texas (CDF-TX) Associate Director Laura Guerra-Cardus was featured on Texas Well and Healthy and quoted in an article regarding the benefits of a Health Insurance Exchange, and how Texans are already benefiting from the law through the dependent coverage provision and applied tax credits for small business owners.
  • 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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