New America Media

New America Media is the country’s first and largest national collaboration of ethnic news organizations and is dedicated to developing multimedia content to better inform communities and influence policy makers. As part of the national KidsWell initiative, New America Media is working with KidsWell Partners to organize local ethnic media roundtables to provide information on the benefits of the ACA for children and families. See below more information about New America Media’s recent activities, accomplishments, and advocacy work and tools!

Legislative Advocacy

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  • Children Now, NAM and TCP Advocate for CA’s Health For All Act

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    CA & NAM: Children Now joined advocates in Sacramento, California for a rally and Senate Health Committee (SHC) hearing on the Health For All Act (SB 1005), which would ensure access to health coverage for all California children and families (including undocumented residents).  New America Media published an article chronicling the legislation’s potential impact.  The  Act passed the SHC with a 6-1 vote and now moves to the appropriations committee.  Wendy Lazarus, founder and co-president of The Children’s Partnership, issued a statement commending the SHC’s vote. 

  • NAM Published Article on Florida's Continued Efforts to Expand Medicaid

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    NAM: New America Media (NAM) published an article highlighting KidsWell Florida’s continued efforts to expand Medicaid despite the legislature failing to pass a bill during the 2013 legislative session. The article highlights the advocates’ efforts working with communities and partners to build support within the legislature. When asked what people can do to help, Nicholas Duran of The Children’s Health Movement stated, “The answer is constituents going to their elected officials and letting them know how this policy impacts their lives. The people have to realize that their voice does count.” Leah Barber-Heinz of Florida CHAIN was also highlighted in the article, noting that the October 1st open enrollment period for Exchanges is “an ideal time to better inform the public about Medicaid expansion.”
  • NAM Published Article on Texas Advocates' Struggles on Urging the Legislature to Expand Medicaid

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    NAM: New America Media published an article discussing challenges facing Texas health care advocates as they work to expand Medicaid, the most significant of which are the Governor and legislature’s opposition. The article notes that because the Texas legislature meets on a bi-yearly schedule (every other year), the discussion on Medicaid expansion will not begin again until 2015. Bruce Lesley of First Focus and Anne Dunkelberg and Eva DeLuna Castro of the Center for Public Policy and Priorities were quoted in the article highlighting the need to continue to work to educate individuals on the benefits of expansion to build support. Ms. Dunkelburg was quoted saying, “I think it’s going to take continued pressure from the vast majority of Texans who favor Medicaid expansion – a higher level of engagement.” 


  • NAM & Florida Advocates CHAIN Published Article and Held a Press Conference on State's Five Year Waiting Period

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    NAM & FL: New America Media and Florida CHAIN collaborated to publish an article on Florida’s requirement that lawful immigrants receive Medicaid and CHIP coverage after they have met the five year residence requirement. According to the article, this provision impacts 20,000 to 40,000 children in the state.  KidsWell Florida also held a press conference at the Capitol on April 10th to support legislation that was introduced to remove the five year waiting period (HB 4023/SB704) and extends regulations for presumptive eligibility determinations for Florida KidsCare (HB689/SB548).
  • Jackson Advocate Publishes Two-Page Story on NAM & MS ACA Ethnic Media Round Table

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    New America Media & MS: As a result of New America Media and the KidsWell Mississippi Advocates' successful ethnic media press briefing on the ACA in February, the Jackson Advocate Publisher published a two page story on the state’s legislative activities around Medicaid Expansion.

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