Children’s Defense Fund - California

Since 1998, Children’s Defense Fund-California (CDF-CA) has worked with colleagues in the 100% Campaign to ensure that all of California’s children gain access to affordable, comprehensive health coverage. CDF-CA’s efforts to expand coverage for children, simplify enrollment processes, and support outreach efforts have resulted in a significant decline in the number of uninsured children in the state. See below for more information about CDF-CA’s recent activities, accomplishments, and advocacy work and tools!

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  • KidsWell Partners Respond to MACPAC Request on Future of Children’s Health Coverage

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    CCF, CDF, First Focus, NHeLP, CA: 49 groups, including KidsWell Partners Children’s Defense Fund, The Children’s Partnership, First Focus, the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, and the National Health Law Program, responded to a MACPAC request about how to improve Marketplace coverage for children. The letter advocates for the Commission to recognize the foundational role of Medicaid and CHIP and discusses: affordability of coverage; adequacy of covered benefits; network adequacy; and transitions between Medicaid, CHIP, Marketplaces, and employer sponsored insurance.

  • CDF-CA Posted a List of State Health Legislation That was Signed or Vetoed by Governor Brown

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    CA: Children’s Defense Fund, California (CDF-CA) posted a list of state health legislation that was signed or vetoed by Governor Brown. Signed legislation included: establishing the state's Essential Health Benefits Package; providing coverage for low-income pregnant women age 18 or below to receive coverage under the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program; the development of mechanisms to avoid gaps in health coverage; and requirements for the California Health & Human Services Agency to establish a single application form for state health subsidy programs.
  • KidsWell California Partners Submitted Comments to the State’s Exchange Regarding Child-Only Qualified Health Plans

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    TCP, 100% Campaign, Children Now, the Children’s Defense Fund-California, and California Coverage & Health Initiatives submitted comments to the California Health Benefit Exchange regarding child-only Qualified Health Plans (QHPs).
  • Children Now Submitted Comments on HHS' 2011 Essential Health Benefit Bulletin

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    Children Now submitted comments on HHS’ EHB Bulletin, issued in December 2011, which outlines the intended regulatory approach the Department plans to use in defining Essential Health Benefits (EHB) in the Exchanges. Specifically, the comments recommend that HHS: (1) define a core or “floor” EHB standard for children; (2) evaluate additional options for pediatric vision coverage; (3) provide more guidance and protections for pediatric dental coverage; (4) limit and closely scrutinize benefit design flexibility; (5) place greater emphasis on the inclusion of preventive care; and (6) require that the EHB selection process is open and transparent. Fellow KidsWell grantees Children’s Defense Fund – California, PICO California and The Children’s Partnership were signatories to the submission. In addition, Children Now participated in a briefing the Exchange Board held on the topic.

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