Welcome to the KidsWell Partner Hub! Use this Hub to find the latest child health advocacy and organizing resources, see what the KidsWell Partners are up to, and get involved!

 

Who are the KidsWell Partners?

KidsWell Partners represent over 30 state and national children’s advocacy organizations. Our state Partners are active in California, Florida, Maryland, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, and Texas!

 

What are they working towards?

The Partners work together to increase access to health insurance coverage and to ensure successful health care reform implementation on behalf of kids and their families.

 

How does the Hub work?

Filter information by topic or by Partner to get news and tools from the KidsWell Partners. From Medicaid to Navigators, and from Action Alerts to Webinars, this Hub gives you the latest scoop on children’s advocacy and health care!

  

  • NHeLP Publishes Issue Brief on Reducing Medicaid ED Use

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program published an issue brief on Medicaid cost sharing policies that target non-urgent use of  emergency departments. The brief reviews problems with emergency department co-payments and looks at alternatives that have proven successful in reducing utilization while improving care coordination and quality.

  • First Focus and 1,200 Others Urge Congress to Renew CHIP

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    First Focus: After collecting 1,200 signatures from organizations across the nation, including many KidsWell partners, First Focus sent a letter to Congress urging them to pass a four-year CHIP funding extension before the end of the current legislative session. 

  • KidsWell Partners Submit Comments on Arkansas Private Option

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    CCF, NHeLP: KidsWell partners, the Georgetown Center on Children and Families (CCF) and the National Health Law Program, joined 13 other national and state organizations in submitting comments to CMS regarding the Arkansas Medicaid 1115 Waiver, the “Private Option.” The comments expressed concern about the impact  premiums and co-payments will have on consumers and urged  CMS to deny the request to waive the non-emergency transportation benefit. CCF also blogged about the comments.

  • CPPP Blogs About Open Enrollment

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities blogged about important Marketplace dates and deadlines for the 2015 Open Enrollment Period.

  • NHeLP Submits Comments on Proposed Federal Rule Regarding ACA Contraceptive Coverage

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program submitted comments to CMS regarding a proposed federal rule that would further clarify the definition of “closely held” companies exempt from contraceptive coverage as mandated by the ACA. The comments offer alternatives to the definition of “closely held” corporations and encourage CMS to ensure access to contraceptive services are not unnecessarily impeded. 

  • NHeLP Publishes Issue Brief About Hearing Services for Children on Medicaid

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program published an issue brief  focused on hearing services available to children on Medicaid through the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit. The brief outlines: the scope of hearing loss in children; standards and guidelines; the EPSDT benefit; states strategies for implementing EPSDT requirements related to hearing screenings; and recommendations to ensure that children with hearing loss are identified early and receive proper services.

  • NCLR Poll Reveals Health as Top Priority for Hispanic Floridians

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    NCLR: The National Council of La Raza commissioned a poll related to the Florida gubernatorial race.  The poll  revealed that health care was a top priority for Hispanic Floridians. The poll found that nearly 80% of Latino voters believe the State should expand Medicaid and 69% believe the Governor should use his authority to expand Medicaid if the legislature fails to do so on its own.

  • Houston Chronic Op-Ed on Coverage Cites NCLR Issue Brief

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    NCLR: A National Council of La Raza issue brief highlighting the coverage gap in Texas was cited in a Houston Chronicle Op-Ed. Texas State Senator Sylvia Garcia authored the piece advocating for expanded access to care for Texans.

  • HCFANY Publishes Issue Brief Highlighting 2013-2014 Open Enrollment Period

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    NY: Health Care for All New York published an issue brief with highlights, key statistics, and consumer stories that illustrate the success of the 2013-2014 open enrollment period in New York. The issue brief also makes recommendations for enrolling all New Yorkers in coverage, including: making insurance more affordable, increasing outreach efforts to communities of color and immigrants, and continuing to improve access to providers. 

  • Young Invincibles Releases Health Coverage Renewal Infographic

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    YI: Young Invincibles released an infographic outlining the steps needed to renew health coverage and ensure coverage for 2015. The infographic includes step-by-step instructions, facts, and important contact information.

  • Florida CHAIN Announces Renewed Participation in Navigator Consortium

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    FL: Florida CHAIN announced that they will be one of 12 organizations working within a consortium managed by the Florida Covering Kids & Families program  at the USF College of Public Health to help enroll Floridians in the Marketplace. USF recently received a $5.38 million second-year Navigator grant and the program will expand to include all 67 Florida counties.

  • CCF to Host State Partner Call

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center on Children and Families will host a state partner call on October 21st. The call will include a discussion of the findings from the federally mandated evaluation of CHIP. 

  • HCFANY To Host Fall Membership Meeting

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    NY: Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) will host its fall membership meeting for the Children Youth and Families Task Force on November 6th. The meeting, which HFCANY also blogged about, will include a discussion about open enrollment and a presentation by Jason Helgerson, New York’s Medicaid Director, on DSRIP and its impact on children. Registration is available now.

  • Texas Well & Healthy Blogs About Coalition’s Legislative Agenda

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    TX: Texas Well & Healthy blogged about the new legislative agenda for Cover Texas Now (CTN), a coalition of organizations of which it is a member. The blog highlights the agenda's focus on closing the coverage gap and ensuring Texans have access to quality information to gain, use, and maintain health insurance.

  • Mississippi KidsWell Partners Launch New Coalition to End Care Gap

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    MS: KidsWell partners, Mississippi Center for Justice and Children’s Defense Fund – Southern Regional Office, joined eight other local organizations to launch the MS Left Me Out initiative. The initiative, modeled after a similar one in Texas, aims to draw attention to those who fell into a care gap after Mississippi failed to expand its Medicaid program.

  • NHeLP Publishes E-Newsletter Advocating for Age-Appropriate Sex Education

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program published an e-newsletter exploring how medical screenings through the Early and Period Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit could and should include sexuality education from infancy through age 20. The e-newsletter recognizes EPSDT as an opportunity for children to receive sexuality education along with comprehensive health screenings.

  • MomsRising Touts Successful Letter to the Editor Campaign Highlighting CHIP Petition

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    MomsRising: After successfully collecting 20,000 petition signatures to extend CHIP funding, MomsRising members published letters to the editor  in The Dallas Morning News, The Daily Camera, The Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Democrat & Chronicle, and Times Union on the same topic. 230 members submitted letters to papers nationwide urging Congress to extend funding for the program as soon as possible.

  • CSS To Host ACA Training

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    NY: The Community Service Society will host an ACA training on October 15th. The training includes an overview of: the law and its requirements; the New York Marketplace; financial assistance; and enrollment procedures. Registration is available now.

  • Florida CHAIN To Recruit and Train CHAIN Endorsed Health Reform Trainers

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    FL: Florida Chain launched a new program to train volunteers to host community-based education events focused on health reform. The program will train volunteers on the law and public education practices so they can host at least 12 educational events a year. Registration is available now.

  • First Focus Pens Opinions on CHIP

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    First Focus: Bruce Lesley, president for First Focus, wrote opinion columns featured in The Dallas Morning News, The Cincinnati Enquirer, and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on the important role CHIP plays in Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and nationwide. The columns emphasize the efficacy, bipartisan nature, and public-private partnership structure of the program, and call on Congress to extend funding before the end of the legislative session.

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#KidsFact

Today’s #KidsFact: The percentage of children without health insurance decreased from 10% in 2008 to only 7% in 2011! Check out the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2013 KIDS COUNT® Data Book, released in partnership with Children Now here: http://bit.ly/1fhaDoV!