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.

  • KidsWell CA Grantees Submit Pediatric Network Adequacy Recommendations

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    CA: Children Now, The Children’s Partnership, and the Children’s Defense Fund-CA sent a letter to the Department of Insurance about children’s issues to consider as the Department modifies network adequacy regulations. The letter recommends standards on: pediatric-specific network adequacy; pediatric specialists; out-of-network provider access; culturally and linguistically appropriate provider networks; dental provider networks; and transparency. 

  • Children Now and CDF Submit Letter in Support of Bills Currently Under Review to Expand Medicaid and Child Coverage Protections

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    CA: Children Now and the Children’s Defense Fund-California (CDF-CA), in collaboration with The Children’s Movement of California, submitted a letter to the Governor and legislators expressing their support for multiple bills under consideration to implement provisions of the ACA that would benefit children, including:

    • ABX1 1/SBX1 1 would expand Medicaid to low-income adults and former foster kids up to age 26.
    • ABX1 2/SBX1 2 would implement reforms to prohibit private plans from prohibiting coverage or increasing premiums due to pre-existing conditions.
  • ACA Anniversary Celebration! KidsWell Advocates Blogged to Celebrate the ACA's 3rd Anniversary!

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    MomsRising, CA, MD, NY, TX: MomsRising, Children’s Defense Fund –CA, Children’s Defense Fund – NY, Health Care For All New YorkAdvocates for Children and Youth , and Texas Well and Health, published blog posts in celebration of the Affordable Care Act’s third anniversary. The advocates note that the ACA has and will continue to help Americans access affordable, quality health care.
  • California KidsWell Partners Celebrate the ACA's Anniversary

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    CDF-CA and Children Now published a blog post in the California Progress Report celebrating the ACA’s two year anniversary and providing an overview of what the ACA has done for California children.
  • CDF-CA Released Data on the ACA's Benefits for Children

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    The Children’s Defense Fund – California (CDF-CA) released data highlighting how California children are benefiting from the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Key highlights include: (1) 1.6 million children are eligible for preventive services (e.g., annual check-ups and immunizations without co-pays); (2) over 350,000 young adults can receive health insurance under the dependent coverage provision; (3) almost 600,000 children with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied health insurance and 3.2 million children are no longer subject to lifetime limits; and (4) 4.5 million children depend on coverage from Medi-Cal or Healthy Families, that is now protected by the ACA.
  • 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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