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 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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