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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  • California KidsWell Partners Advocate to Help Children and Families Maintain Medi-Cal Coverage

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    CA: KidsWell grantees, Children Now, PICO California, The Children’s Partnership, and Children’s Defense Fund – California, joined the California Coverage & Health Initiatives and the United Way of California on a statement advocating for Senate Bill (SB) 18. SB 18 would require the state to accept private foundation funds and matching federal funds to help children and families maintain their Medi-Cal coverage. The California Endowment has already offered $6 million which, should the bill become law, would be matched by $6 million in federal funds. The bill was passed by the Appropriations Committee and will now head to the Assembly floor.

  • California Grantees Ask HHS to Make Sure that States Are Prepared for the Open Enrollment Period

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    CA: KidsWell California Grantees submitted comments to HHS on the Medicaid, CHIP, and Exchange proposed rule. The grantees recommend that the final rule include a timeline and set of procedures to ensure that states are prepared for the initial open enrollment period. If a state cannot demonstrate that it is ready, the final rule should then require the state to accept the federal determination of Medicaid/CHIP eligibility until the state’s system is able to comply with the federal law. The Children’s Partnership (TCP) also submitted comments to HHS on the single streamlined application proposed federal models.
  • KidsWell California Wants the Exchange to Better Serve its Service Center!

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    CA: California KidsWell Grantees, in collaboration with various other organizations, sent comments to California’s State-Based Exchange on the protocols and consumer experience in the Exchange’s Service Center, which will be accessible through the web and a toll-free number phone number. The grantees noted that they are working to ensure that consumers will have a “first-class consumer experience, do not encounter delays in eligibility determination, and are not subject to duplicative application screenings.”

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