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!

  

  • Young Invincibles Continues Push for Access to Year-Round Maternity Care in State, National Media

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    YI: Young Invincibles (YI) continued their push to make pregnancy a qualifying life event that triggers a special enrollment period. YI’s worked was featured in articles published by the California Healthline and The New Yorker.

  • NASHP Issues Brief on State Options in the Wake of Supreme Court Case

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy published an issue brief exploring policy options for states pending the outcome of the King v. Burwell Supreme Court Case. The brief reviews other pending legislation and discusses different types of exchanges that states might explore should the Court rule in favor of the plaintiffs—state-based marketplaces, regional exchanges or call on Congress  to create an alternative approach. 

  • HCFANY Blogs About Future of Child Health Plus

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    NY: Health Care for All New York blogged about the future of Child Health Plus, New York’s CHIP program.  The blog provides a brief background on the program, noting that 500,000 children in the state currently rely on CHIP. If Congress does not extend CHIP, the state stands to lose up to $950 million in federal funds and state matching funds in 2016.

  • The Children’s Trust Hosts TV Show on Children’s Policy Issues

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    FL: On March 7th, The Children’s Trust hosted a television show exploring policy issues, including legislation and funding for children’s health. State Senator Rene Garcia and Diana Ragbeer, director of Public Policy and Community Engagement at The Children’s Trust, were featured on the show and discussed the possibility of the Florida Legislature expanding Medicaid. Ms. Ragbeer, stated, “[t]here’s much at stake this [legislative] session. Are children and families going to be at the top of the list? It’s our responsibility to see that they are.”

  • Florida CHAIN Hosts Coverage Gap Press Event

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    FL: On March 9th, Florida CHAIN hosted a press event with Miami’s Mayor Tomás Pedro Regalado, uninsured residents, advocates, business leaders, and other interested stakeholders at Miami’s City Hall calling on lawmakers to close the coverage gap. The event featured photographs that are part of a traveling project highlighting real people stuck in the coverage gap. 

  • KidsWell Partners Comment on Children’s Access to Care

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    CDF, CA: KidsWell Partners commented on the lack of doctors who are willing to treat Medi-Cal enrollees for an article in the California Health Report. Alison Buist, director of healthy policy for the Children’s Defense Fund, stated, “[i]f you look at the numbers, it’s hard to see [that access is] not a problem.” The article also discussed the difficultly in teasing out the impact of transitioning patients from the Healthy Families program to Medi-cal. Kristen Golden Testa, director of the California health program for The Children’s Partnership, stated, “[w]e’re not anywhere where we know if there is an impact with a reduced private network with this population.”

  • NHeLP Pens Guide to Medicaid Managed Care

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program published a guide on oversight, transparency, and accountability in Medicaid Managed Care, highlighting tools, tips, and ways to get information about states’ managed care programs. The guide provides a comprehensive primer on the program including: background on the history and structure of Medicaid managed care; contracting; plan design and performance; enrollment; waivers; and grievances and appeals.

  • First Focus Authors CHIP Blog Post for Huffington Post

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    First Focus: Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus, blogged for the Huffington Post urging Congress to focus on children’s issues, including the reauthorization of CHIP. The post explains recent funding proposals and challenges to extend funding for the program. The post calls for a clean extension of CHIP to avoid increasing waiting periods and cost sharing for families, both of which could result in millions of children losing health coverage.

  • First Focus Paper Highlights Importance of Pediatric Home Visits

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    First Focus: First Focus published a paper on innovative health care strategies for children and families. The paper highlights an effort in South Carolina to improve efficiency and outcomes for children by integrating pediatric primary health care with voluntary home visits for families with newborns. Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus, stated, “…for more than 16 years, putting home visiting and health care together has yielded more efficient care and better health for kids.”

  • CCF Publishes Fact Sheet on Transition of Children from CHIP to Medicaid

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families published a fact sheet on children who moved from CHIP to Medicaid coverage after the ACA required that all states align the minimum threshold for Medicaid eligibility for all children under 18 to 138% of the federal poverty line. Previously, many states operated a “stairstep” eligibility structure, where young children under the age of 5 were usually enrolled in Medicaid while older children were enrolled in CHIP. Children’s transition from CHIP to Medicaid coverage resulted in the elimination of premiums for families in eight states, elimination of co-payments in 13 states, and increased access to services.

  • NHeLP Publishes Fact Sheet on EHB Updates

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program published a fact sheet on changes to the Essential Health Benefits (EHB) standard as outlined in HHS’s Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2016 final rule. The fact sheet reviews existing EHB rules and the new changes, including: the option for states to select a new base-benchmark plan for the 2017 plan year; a uniform definition of habilitative services; clarification on the age limit for pediatric services; and, the need to publish up-to-date and accurate lists of all covered drugs on its formulary. The fact sheet also highlights advocacy opportunities, where applicable.

  • KidsWell Partners Issue Press Releases Following King v. Burwell Oral Arguments

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    NASHP, NHeLP: The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) and the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) responded quickly to oral arguments in the King v. Burwell Supreme Court case. NASHP promised to continue to closely monitor the case, and Elizabeth G. Taylor, executive director of NHeLP, stated, “[the] arguments demonstrate how politically driven this attack on the Affordable Care Act is, and how divorced the challengers are from the lives of people relying on the health care made possible because of the law.”

  • NAM and Texans Care for Children to Host Media Roundtable on Children’s Mental Health Care

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    NAM & TX: On March 12th, New American Media and Texans Care for Children will host a media roundtable about children’s mental health care in Houston. Representatives from the Mental Health Authority of Harris County and Texans Care for Children are scheduled to speak. Registration is available now.

  • NCLR Hosts Federal Advocacy Days

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    NCLR: On March 4th and 5th, The National Council of La Raza hosted National Latino Advocacy Days in Washington, D.C. The event brought together hundreds of leaders from Latino nonprofits and civic organizations across the country to advocate on Capitol Hill. The issue agenda included a push to secure funding for CHIP.

  • CPPP Publishes Annual Report on the State of Texas Children

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities published their annual report on the state of Texas’s children, highlighting information on child poverty, health and wellness, education, safety, and family economic security. The report notes that while Texas decreased the number of uninsured children, nationally it ranks 49th because of the high rate of uninsured children. The report calls on Texas to expand Medicaid and close the coverage gap to make health insurance more affordable for families.

  • KidsWell Partners Comment on Texas Medicaid Proposal

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    MomsRising, YI, TX: KidsWell partners, MomsRising, Young Invincibles, Texans Care for Children, and the Children’s Defense Fund-Texas, joined ten other organizations in responding to Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick’s Medicaid proposal. The proposal seeks permission to further restrict Texas’s Medicaid program. The joint press release calls on state leaders to reject the proposal and instead expand Medicaid and accept funding from the federal government.

  • NHeLP Examines Medicaid Health Expense Accounts

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program published key takeaways and a Q&A examining states’ plans to establish health expense accounts as part of their Medicaid expansion proposals. Indiana, Michigan, and Arkansas received federal 1115 Waivers to implement health expense accounts

  • NHeLP Publishes Newsletter on Advocates Success in Protecting Medicaid Benefits

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) published a newsletter examining advocates’ successful efforts to restore Medi-Cal coverage for tens of thousands of Californians. These individuals lost their coverage during the annual renewal process when the State incorrectly applied the modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) methodology to determine their eligibility. The newsletter explains that individuals over age 65 or with disabilities are not subject to the MAGI methodology established by the ACA. NHeLP is currently working with the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to ensure that non-MAGI eligible Medi-Cal beneficiaries do not have their eligibility terminated and that the correct rules and forms are applied for future renewal determinations.

  • HCFANY Blogs about King v. Burwell

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    NY: Health Care for All New York blogged about the beginning of the King v. Burwell Supreme Court case. The blog provides background on the case and notes that although the case does not directly impact New York because it operates a State-based Marketplace, the decision could impact the entire health care system.

  • Florida CHAIN to Host Discussion on King v. Burwell

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    FL: On March 11th, Florida CHAIN will host a call on the King v. Burwell Supreme Court case. The call will include background on the case and a recap of the arguments presented to the Court. Registration is available now.

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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!