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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  • KidsWell Partners Report and Comment on California’s Health for All Act

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    NAM, YI, CA: New American Media reported on the reintroduction of SB 4, the Health for All Act, which would guarantee all Californians access to health care, regardless of immigration status. California KidsWell partners Children Now, Children’s Defense Fund-California, PICO California, The Children’s Partnership, and Young Invincibles, signed onto a statement with other Californian advocacy groups praising Senator Lara’s actions. In addition, The Children’s Partnership issued a statement in which founder and co-president Wendy Lazarus stated, “[w]e stand with Senator Ricardo Lara and our partners to expand access to health coverage for all Californians, regardless of immigration status, in the coming year.”

  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • Did You Know California is One of the Few States that a Provides Medicaid Coverage to Young Immigrants? Learn More from NAM!

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    NAM: New America Media published an article discussing coverage options for young immigrants in California who are recipients of the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In 2012 the federal government announced that DACA recipients were no longer eligible to receive health coverage from federal programs, including state Medicaid programs that received federal matching dollars.  In response to this decision a handful of states, including California, developed parallel Medicaid programs to provide coverage to these low-income immigrants; individuals may be eligible for the state-funded programs if they meet all of the eligibility criteria for the State’s regular Medicaid program. Tanaya Broder, Senior Attorney with the National Law Center, stated, “California was among a number of states with large immigrant populations that disagreed with the ban and opted to continue financing the health insurance program for low-income immigrants regardless of how long they had resided in the United States, provided they met all the eligibility criteria for regular Medi-Cal.” To date, 73,104 Californians have been awarded DACA status.  


  • 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).
  • 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.
  • New America Media Published an Article Highlighting Gaps between the Presidential Candidates' Health Plans for Ethnic Communities

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    New America Media: New America Media published an article following the first presidential debate highlighting gaps between candidates’ health plans for ethnic communities.

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