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!


  • KidsWell Partners Featured in New York Times and Circulate CHIP Sign-on Letter

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    CDF, First Focus, NHeLP: KidsWell partners First Focus and Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) signed onto a letter to the editor featured in The New York Times supporting the extension of CHIP funding. In addition, First Focus, CDF, and the National Health Law Program, along with 10 other national organizations, are circulating a sign-on letter encouraging leadership in Congress to extend CHIP funding. Organizations are encouraged to add their names to the letter by October 13th.

  • CDF Releases Column on Importance of CHIP

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    CDF: Children’s Defense Fund’s weekly Child Watch Column focused on the impact of CHIP on children’s coverage over the last 17 years. The column urges Congress to extend funding for the program and underscores the devastating impact on children’s health if CHIP is not reauthorized. 

  • HCFANY Blogs About New Marketplace Features and Improvements

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    NY: Health Care for All New York blogged about new features on the New York State Marketplace aimed at improving outreach and enrollment efforts. The blog notes the addition of: a new events calendar for enrollment assistance; new county-by-county enrollment data; and a Spanish-language version of the Marketplace’s website that should be available in time for open enrollment.

  • TCP Health Coverage Blog Featured in The Huffington Post

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    CA: Wendy Lazarus, founder and co-president for The Children’s Partnership, blogged about the positive impact of the ACA and Medicaid expansion on health care coverage for children and was featured by The Huffington Post. The blog highlights the large gains in coverage realized since the ACA became law and emphasizes the need to keep children covered during the renewal process.

  • KidsWell Partners to Host New York Health Coverage Disparities Discussion

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    YI, NY: Young Invincibles and Children’s Defense Fund – New York will host a discussion on ACA implementation, its impact on young New Yorkers, and how new options for health coverage can eliminate disparities in marginalized communities on October 20th. Registration is available now.

  • CDF-NY Praises State’s Response to Congress’s Inquiry on CHIP

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    NY: Children’s Defense Fund-New York praised the Department of Health’s response to Congress’s call for more information about CHIP. The letter underscores the impact that CHIP has had on New York’s uninsured children and encourages Congress to extend funding for the program beyond FY 2015.

  • The Children’s Partnership Applauds Governor’s Support for Health-Related Bills

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    CA: The Children’s Partnership (TCP) issued press releases commending Governor Brown for signing two health-related bills into law. The first release applauds the Governor for signing a bill that will spread the Virtual Dental Home demonstration, a program that brings dental care into places like schools, Head Start sites, and assisted living centers, across the state. The second release, issued by California Coverage & Health Initiatives, United Ways of California, and KidsWell partners Children Now, Children’s Defense Fund-California, PICO California, commends the Governor for signing a bill which allows the state to accept $12 million in private foundation and federal funds to assist with Medi-Cal renewals. 
  • NHeLP Highlights New Contraceptive Coverage Law

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    NHeLP: The latest issue of Lessons from California highlights legislation co-sponsored by The National Health Law Program and the California Family Health Council. The legislation guarantees that women in Medi-Cal are entitled to full contraceptive coverage and strictly limits medical management techniques to ensure that an insurer does not restrict a woman’s choice of contraceptive. The Governor recently signed the bill into law.

  • NASHP Updates CHIP and Marketplace Issuers Map

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy released an updated map showing the overlap between issuers offering managed care plans in a state’s separate CHIP and those offering plans in Marketplaces. 

  • KidsWell Partners Featured in USA Today

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    CCF, CA, FL, TX: Four KidsWell partners were featured in a USA Today article exploring states that expanded Medicaid coverage for children but did not expand coverage for adults. Quoted in the article are Joan Alker, executive director for the Georgetown Center for Children and Families, Kelly Hardy, senior director of health policy for Children Now, Greg Mellowe, policy director for Florida CHAIN, and Anne Dunkelberg, associate director for the Center for Public Policy Priorities.

  • New York KidsWell Partners To Host Webinars on Care for Unaccompanied Minors

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    NY: KidsWell Partners Children’s Defense Fund-New York and Health Care For All New York will host webinars on October 23rd and 30th about care for unaccompanied minors in New York State.  The first webinar will focus on health care access and the second webinar will focus on behavioral health services.
  • Texas Well & Healthy Blogs About Small Gain in Texas Health Coverage

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    TX: Texas Well & Healthy blogged about uninsured data released by the U.S. Census Bureau.  The data shows that Texas continues to have the highest uninsured rate in the country and the largest number of uninsured children who are eligible for Medicaid or CHIP.

  • FCFEP Publishes Issue Brief on Florida’s Struggle to Recover from Recession

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    FL: The Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy released an issue brief on U.S. Census Bureau data.  Florida, Texas and Nevada had the highest percentages of uninsured residents in the country.  The state’s uninsured rate declined slightly since 2009 and nearly 3.9 million residents lacked insurance in 2013.

  • California KidsWell Partners Comment on Medi-Cal Managed Care Quality Strategy

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    CA: California KidsWell partners Children Now, Children’s Defense Fund – California, and The Children’s Partnership, the First 5 Association of California and the United Way Organizations of California sent a letter to DHCS commenting on the draft 2014 Annual Assessment of the Quality Strategy for Medi-Cal Managed Care. The letter notes that the draft strategy, required by the federal government, needs to focus more on children’s health care and pediatric quality indicators because children under 18 make up 62% of Medi-Cal Managed Care enrollees. 

  • KidsWell Partners Call on Governor Brown to Support Enhanced CHIP funding

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    MomsRising, CA: KidsWell partners MomsRising, Children Now, Children’s Defense Fund – California, PICO California, The Children’s Partnership and over forty other organizations sent  a letter to Governor Brown urging him to respond to a Congressional letter of inquiry about renewing CHIP funding. DHCS recently indicated their support of renewing CHIP and committed to responding to Congress soon.

  • YI Highlights Drop in Uninsured Rate Among Young Adults

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    YI: Young Invincibles (YI) issued a press release on  U.S. Census Bureau data which shows  an increase of 4 million 18 and 34 years old who gained coverage from 2009 to 2013. During the same time period, the uninsured rate of young adults fell from 28.1% to 25.2%. The release notes that these numbers may actually be higher because they do not account for the 1.7 million young people who enrolled in health coverage via the Marketplaces in 2014. Tom Allison, policy and research managed for YI stated, “Considering that this data doesn’t even account for Open Enrollment sign-ups, we think these new numbers just scratch the surface of the positive young adult enrollment trends we expect to see.”

  • NCLR Comments on Drop in Rate of Uninsured Latinos

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    NCLR: The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) issued a press release on U.S. Census Bureau data which shows a slight decrease in the uninsured rate among Latinos  from 15.6 million in 2012 to 15.3 million in 2013. Texas, Florida, and Nevada claim the three highest uninsured rates in the country.

  • NHeLP Publishes E-Newsletter on the Need for New Medicaid Managed Care Regulations

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    NHeLP: In the latest issue of the Health Advocate, the National Health Law Program highlights the need for updated federal regulations for Medicaid managed care. Today, nearly three quarters of Medicaid beneficiaries receive services through a type of managed care arrangement and nearly all state Medicaid agencies contract with managed care entities. 

  • NASHP Publishes CHIP Financing Fact Sheet

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy published a fact sheet on the future of federal CHIP financing. The fact sheet provides information on how CHIP financing works and the consequences of allowing federal funding for the program to expire.


  • CDF Comments on Child Health Insurance Uninsured Rates in 2013 Census Data

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    CDF: The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) issued a press release on U.S. Census Bureau data which shows no decrease in the rate of uninsured children.  Marian Wright Edelman, president for CDF stated, "We must redouble our efforts to ensure all children have access to quality affordable health coverage.”

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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!