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!

Medicaid Expansion

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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 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. 

  • 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 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.” 


  • Action Alert! KidsWell California and New America Media Issues Call to Action and Holds Press Conference on Expanding Medi-Cal

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    CA & NAM: The 100% Campaign issued a call to action to urge Governor Jerry Brown to expand Medi-Cal to 1.4 million Californians, including over 500,000 parents. The call to action provided talking points for phone calls, emails, and Twitter & Facebook posts.  In addition, New America Media published an article on their briefing that featured Mike Odeh of Children Now, Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, and Anthony Wright of Health Access discussing how a delay in expanding Medi-Cal could affect low-income communities and children
  • 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.
  • 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.

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