Children's Defense Fund

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. The national organization works on behalf of all children to ensure that every child in the U.S. receives health care coverage that is comprehensive, accessible, and affordable. See below for more information about CDF’s recent activities, accomplishments, and advocacy work and tools!

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  • CDF Submits Comments to HHS on Coverage for Former Foster Children

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    CDF: The Children’s Defense Fund released comments on the Medicaid coverage provision for former foster care children in the proposed rules. CDF strongly urges HHS "to reverse the interpretation in the proposed regulations that states will only be required to enroll eligible former foster youth in Medicaid to age 26 if they remain living in the state where they were in foster care."
  • National KidsWell Partners Sent a Letter to Congress Advocating Against Cuts to Medicaid

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    First Focus, in collaboration with various organizations including the Children’s Defense Fund and MomsRising, sent a letter to Congress urging them to prevent cuts to Medicaid or change the structure of the program as part of the deficit reduction agreement.
  • CDF Submitted Comments to HHS on Interim Final Provisions of Exchange and Medicaid Rules

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    The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the Interim Final Provisions of the Exchange and Medicaid Rules released on March 23 and March 27, 2012. The comments include recommendations on: (1) the bifurcation of the eligibility assessment and determination process between the Exchange and the Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) agency which CDF strongly opposes; (2) developing stronger federal standards to define the Navigator role and to ensure that consumers are adequately informed about options available through the Exchange; and (3) the inclusion of two specific qualifying events for special populations that trigger special enrollment periods.

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