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!

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  • NAM Publishes Q&A On Possible Supreme Court Case Repercussions

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    NAM: New American Media published a Q&A about the possible fallout of the Supreme Court’s decision in the King v. Burwell case. The Q&A provides background on the case and explains how a ruling in favor of the plaintiff could significantly impact low-income individuals who, as a result of the ruling, would find themselves in a coverage gap and without federal tax subsidies. 

  • NAM Article Highlights Mental Health Needs Among NY’s Asian Americans

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    NAM & NY: New America Media published an article about mental health needs among New York’s Asian American community, highlighting the ACA’s expansion of mental health benefits.  Regarding the importance of expanded access to mental health services, Andrew Leonard, senior health policy associate for the Children’s Defense Fund—New York, noted that “the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community, historically, has had a lot higher rate of uninsured individuals as compared to the general population.”  Leonard also noted that an additional 20,000 Asian American children in New York City will gain coverage under the ACA, and by 2016, he estimated that over 2 million nationally would have access to care.
  • NAM Publishes Articles Highlighting Medi-Cal

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    NAM: New American Media (NAM) published two articles on Medi-Cal: one article promotes   expedited Medi-Cal enrollment for participants in CalFresh (SNAP), and the second article spotlights stories of young adults who have new access to mental health services due to Medi-Cal expansion.  As part of the #FeelBetter campaign launch, NAM also released videos of youth sharing their stories about depression. 

  • NAM Published Articles on How ACA Affects Immigrants and the Uninsured

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    NAM: New America Media recently published three articles on how the ACA affects immigrants, specifically undocumented parents with U.S. born childrenDeferred Action for Childhood Arrival Program recipients and uninsured children. The articles include personal stories highlighting struggles in obtaining health insurance and how the ACA will help them gain access to coverage.
  • NAM & NY Held Two More ACA Ethnic Media Round Tables

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    NAM & NY: New American Media and KidsWell New York held ethnic media round table ACA press briefings in September in New York City and Buffalo. The Round Tables focused on the Exchanges, including what to expect during open enrollment and consumer assistance services. Presenters included representatives from the New York State Department of Health, Coalition for Asian American Children & Families, Raising Women’s Voices, the Children’s Defense Fund – New York and the Community Service Society of New York (CSS).   
  • Promoting Prevention through the ACA! New America Media Published Article on Asthma Preventive Coverage

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    NAM: In California’s Contra Costa County, New America Media reported that an estimated 191,000 children and adults have been diagnosed with asthma. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) new preventive services, such as Contra Costa’s first asthma treatment clinic, are going into effect to promote preventive care. “The new clinic aims to reduce the number of asthma patients using emergency rooms, by helping to develop consistent management plans and a more preventative approach, with an emphasis on self-management,” reported NAM.  
  • New America Media Published Article on ACA and Youth Coverage Gap

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    NAM: New America Media (NAM) published an article on a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ report highlighting that over 4 million uninsured adolescents will be eligible for coverage beginning January 1st – many of them Latino and African American.  NAM notes this is due to a number of provisions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including that all states are required cover children ages 6-18 in families with incomes up to 138% of the federal poverty level. Prior to the ACA, the national minimum eligibly level was 100%.
  • NAM Highlights ACA Coverage Options for New Yorkers with Diabetes

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    NAM: New America Media published an article highlighting the high Diabetes-related mortality rates in New York City. Today, New Yorkers with Diabetes can access coverage under the New York Bridge Plan, developed in 2010 to provide services to high risk individuals including those with diabetes. The Bridge Plan will close on January 1, 2014 when the ACA is implemented and insurers will no longer be able to deny coverage or charge higher premiums to individuals with pre-existing conditions like Diabetes. New Yorkers will be able to purchase coverage through the state’s health insurance exchange, an online marketplace for health insurance.
  • NAM Published Article on ACA Health Insurance Coverage Penalty

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    NAM: New America Media (NAM) published an article about the ACA’s individual mandate provision which implements a tax or “penalty” to individuals who do not obtain health insurance coverage by January 1, 2014. The article highlights how penalties will be determined and financial and non-financial exclusions under the law. The penalty for not obtaining minimum coverage will be $95 per adult or 1% of an adult’s income, whichever is greater; the maximum penalty for a family is $285.
  • NAM & KidsWell NY Held ACA Ethnic Media Briefing in New York

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    NAM & NY: New America Media (NAM), in collaboration with KidsWell New York Partners, held its final ethnic round table ACA press briefing on April 26th. Representatives from Chinese, Indian, Turkish, Haitian, Filipino, Russian and Latino media outlets attended the event that focused on the status of and messaging around the New York State Exchange. For more information on the round table, see a blog post written by Lorraine Gonzalez-Camastra, Director of Health Policy for Children’s Defense Fund-NY (CDF-NY) and Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) Steering Committee Member. Meeting materials and a video on the briefing can be found on NAM’s Movement to Expand Health Care Access webpage and HCFANY.
  • NAM Held ACA Round Table with Ethnic Media in New York

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    NAM & NY: New America Media (NAM), in collaboration with KidsWell New York Partners, held its final ethnic round table ACA press briefing on April 26th. Representatives from Chinese, Indian, Turkish, Haitian, Filipino, Russian and Latino media outlets attended the event that focused on the status of and messaging around the New York State Exchange. For more information on the round table, see a blog post written by Lorraine Gonzalez-Camastra's, Director of Health Policy for Children’s Defense Fund-NY (CDF-NY) and Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) Steering Committee Member.  
  • NAM Held ACA Round Tables with Ethnic Media in Maryland

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    NAM & MD: As part of New America Media ethnic media press briefing series, a roundtable was held in Baltimore on March 14th in collaboration with the KidsWell Maryland grantees. For more information on the roundtables please visit New America Media’s Movement to Expand Health Care Access webpage.
  • Get the Scoop! NAM Held ACA Round Tables with Ethnic Media in New Mexico, Mississippi, Texas, and Florida

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    New America Media, MS, TX, & FL: As part of New America Media’s ethnic media press briefing series, a video was published on the roundtable session that was held in collaboration with the KidsWell New Mexico Grantees. MomsRising also published a blog post on New Mexico’s roundtable highlighting some of the challenges that were discussed and agreed upon by the panelists. New America Media also held ethnic media roundtables in Mississippi, Texas, and Florida (video to be released soon!) in collaboration with the KidsWell Grantees in February and an additional roundtable will be held in Maryland on March 14th. For more information on these roundtables please visit New America Media’s Movement to Expand Health Care Access webpage.

  • NM's Take at What's at Stake: Find Out What Parents and Advocates Need to Know about Health Reform in New Mexico

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    New America Media & NM: New America Media and The New Mexico Center on Law & Poverty held an ethnic media roundtable session on January 18th to discuss how the ACA works to expand coverage, what is at stake when implementing the ACA in New Mexico, how to access coverage for children, and how to advocate for health care reform.

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