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


  • 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-TX Blogged About How the ACA Helps Small Businesses Provide Health Care to Employees

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    TX: The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) – Texas published a blog post highlighting how the ACA helps small businesses provide health care for its employees. In addition, CDF-TX is holding educational outreach programs for small businesses throughout the state.
  • 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.

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