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."
  • KidsWell Partners Issued Brief on Defining Essential Health Benefits for Children

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    CA: Mike Odeh, of Children Now, in collaboration with First Focus, Georgetown Center for Children and Families, The Children’s Defense Fund, Children’s Hospital Association, and Family Voices, released an issue brief on defining Essential Health Benefits for children.
  • The Children's Partnership & National KidsWell Partners Supported CMS Regulations

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    CDF, First Focus, & CA: CDF, First Focus, and The Children's Partnership submitted comments and expressed strong support to CMS on the proposed primary care physicians reimbursement rate regulations.

  • 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.
  • CDF Submitted Comments on HHS' 2011 Essential Health Benefit Bulletin

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    The Children's Defense Fund submitted comments on HHS' December 2011 EHB Bulletin with the following recommendations: (1) to be consistent with the Affordable Care Act, the Secretary should clearly define the essential health benefits for children. The creation of a strong federal floor for all, but particularly for children, would help ensure that all children, regardless of where they live, get the comprehensive health and mental health services they need to survive and thrive; (2) the essential health benefits must take the unique health care needs of children into account, as required by the Affordable Care Act, and guarantee every child access to all medically necessary services; (3) any essential health benefits package must limit the ability of insurers to circumvent the requirement to cover the full range of pediatric services; and (4) there should be a transparent process in place during the states’ selection of a benchmark plan, the Secretary’s approval process, and the updating of benchmark benefits as ACA implementation moves forward.

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