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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  • New America Media Writes About Lack of Awareness of Florida’s CHIP Program

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    NAM: New America Media published an article about parents’ lack of awareness of KidsCare, Florida’s CHIP program. The article explains that although KidsCare covers about 2 million children in Florida, many families are completely unaware of the program. The article encourages people to call United Way’s 2-1-1 call center if they have questions about the program or enrollment.

  • NAM Posts Q&A on Uninsured Hispanic Children Report

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    NAM, CCF: New American Media posted a Q&A with Sonya Schwartz, author of a study released by the Georgetown Center for Children and Families on the state of health coverage for Hispanic children. The Q&A covers: background issues; the large uninsured Hispanic child population in Texas; the future of children’s health programs; and available resources to families applying for coverage.

  • KidsWell Partners Publish Q&A About CHIP Renewal

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    First Focus, NAM: New American Media published a Q&A with Ed Walz, vice president of First Focus, about the future of CHIP and the likelihood of Congress acting to renew funding for the program. The Q&A provides background on the program, how it differs from ACA-provided coverage, and the consequences of failing to renew the program.

  • 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 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. 

  • 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.  


  • 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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