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!

  

  • YI Comments on Special Enrollment Window for Pregnant Women

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    YI: Young Invincibles (YI) issued a press release after 37 Senators called on the Administration to create a special enrollment period for pregnant women. Christina Postolowski, health policy manager for YI, stated, “We’re thrilled to see a growing chorus of leaders…call on the Administration to make maternity coverage available to pregnant women year-round. It’s unacceptable that pregnant women without maternity coverage could face more than $23,000 in medical costs – or worse, suffer severe health consequences or death.”

  • NASHP Blogs about Taxes and the ACA

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy blogged about the new ACA-related tax forms and filing requirements for individuals who purchased coverage through a marketplace and received financial assistance. The post and accompanying cheat sheet offer background on each of the new tax forms, who needs to file the forms, and consequences for incorrect filings. Uninsured individuals who missed open enrollment this year may still have a chance to sign up for coverage and avoid tax penalties in 2016 thanks to a special enrollment period recently enacted by some states and the Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM). 

  • MomsRising Calls on Members to Protect the ACA

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    MomsRising: MomsRising called on its members to sign on to a “people’s brief” supporting the ACA in anticipation of the King v. Burwell Supreme Court case. The brief highlights the potential impacts should the Court rule in favor of the plaintiffs, including significantly increased premiums and the loss of coverage for as many as 10 million adults and five million children.

  • NHeLP Releases Statement on Republican CHIP Proposal

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) issued a press release on the discussion draft bill released by Representative Upton, Representative Pitts, and Senator Hatch. The press release notes that the Republican proposal would eliminate the maintenance of effort (MOE) provisions, allow states to shift children from Medicaid to CHIP, allow states to impose waiting periods before coverage can begin, and eliminate federal funding to cover children with family incomes above 300 percent of the federal poverty line. Elizabeth G. Taylor, executive director for NHeLP, stated, “While we welcome continued bipartisan commitment to protect and extend CHIP, we are troubled by some major provisions in the draft plan.”
  • HCFANY To Host Annual Budget Advocacy Day

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    NY: On March 3, Health Care for All New York is hosting a budget advocacy day in Albany. The day includes a briefing and meetings with key legislators and staff. Registration is available through February 27th.

  • NLC to Host Webinar on Legislative Agenda and President’s Budget

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    NLC: On March 5th, The National League of Cities (NLC) will host a webinar to discuss President Obama’s proposed budget and its potential impact on cities. In addition, NLC will discuss its 2015 advocacy agenda. Registration is available now.

  • TCP Pens Dental Coverage Piece for the Huffington Post

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    CA: Wendy Lazarus, founder and co-president of The Children’s Partnership (TCP), and Jenny Kattlove, senior director of programs for TCP, co-authored an article in the Huffington Post on the state of children’s dental care in California. The article explains that California kids enrolled in either Covered California or Medi-Cal have guaranteed coverage for dental service, but notes that guaranteed coverage does not necessarily translate to accessing dental care. The authors call on the state to increase reimbursement rates and continue to explore innovative solutions like the Virtual Dental Home to ensure all children receive the dental care they need.

  • NASHP to Host Webinar on Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs

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    NASHP: On March 3rd, The National Academy for State Health Policy will host a webinar on how state agencies and organizations can collaborate to better identify and support children with special physical, emotional, and developmental disabilities. The webinar will feature speakers from Iowa, Washington D.C., and Kansas who will discuss innovations from their states. Registration is available now.

  • MomsRising Members Visit Capitol Hill in Support of Medicaid

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    MomsRising: MomsRising members visited Capitol Hill and met with Senators to express their support for Medicaid funding. In addition to Senate staff meetings, MomsRising members delivered story booklets, an open letter with over 10,000 signatures, and small rubber ducks to remind Congress to, “Keep Families Afloat: Protect and Support Medicaid.”

  • First Focus Spearheads Call for Congressional Action on CHIP

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    First Focus: First Focus led over 1500 organizations, including all of the KidsWell national and state partners, in calling on Congress to act as soon as possible to provide a four-year CHIP funding extension. The letter emphasizes the need for swift action to ensure that states can continue to operate their programs without interruption. 

  • CCF Updates Brief on Waiting Periods for Children

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families updated a policy brief on CHIP waiting periods for children who were previously insured. The brief found that 20 states eliminated their waiting periods and 7 states lowered their waiting periods to 90 days or less as a result of ACA-related regulations. The policy brief highlights the impact of waiting periods on health coverage, costs, and administrative efficiencies.   

  • CCF Publishes Fact Sheet on CHIP Coverage for Legal Immigrants

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families published a fact sheet on the option for states to use federal matching dollars to cover lawfully residing children during their first five years in the country. Under the 2009 Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA), twenty-nine states elected to provide coverage using federal funds. Research shows that access to health coverage and services among immigrant children improved substantially in states that elected to enact the provision.

  • KidsWell Partners Issue Alert About Healthcare.gov Incorrectly Calculating Household Income

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    CCF, NHeLP: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families, the National Health Law Program, and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, issued an alert that Healthcare.gov has been incorrectly counting social security income for tax dependents. The brief notes that under federal rules, the social security income of children and other tax dependents only counts if the dependent is required to file a tax return, but that Healthcare.gov has been counting it even if the dependent is not required to file taxes.  

  • YI Circulates Letter Support Obamacare Maternity Coverage Provision

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    YI: Young Invincibles is encouraging individuals to join a sign-on letter calling on HHS Secretary Burwell to allow women who become pregnant to enroll in coverage under a special qualifying life event category. 

  • NCLR Holds Tele-Town Hall Enrollment Event

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    NCLR: The National Council of La Raza held a tele-town hall on February 10th to encourage people to sign up for health coverage prior to the end of the 2015 Open Enrollment Period. The town hall speakers emphasized that financial assistance and in-person help were available across the country.

  • MomsRising Asks Members to Help Thank Jacksonville Leaders

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    MomsRising: MomsRising encouraged members to thank Mayor Alvin Brown and other city leaders for their role in securing a National League of Cities grant. The grant will be used to help enroll children in Medicaid and CHIP. 

  • CCF Publishes Consumer Assisters FAQ

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families published a list of the most complicated and most frequently asked questions (FAQs) received while providing technical assistance to navigators and application assisters in five states during the 2015 Open Enrollment Period. The twelve question FAQ coalesced around four major topics: eligibility; tax filing; immigration status; and minimum essential coverage.

  • SCAA Testifies at State Budget Hearing

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    NY: The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy testified before the Joint Fiscal Committees during the Health/Medicaid budget hearing. The testimony addressed SCAA’s support of: an increased focus on children’s oral health; the Governor’s proposal to ensure the Exchange has a reliable funding source; and funding for a Basic Health Plan.

  • NASHP Publishes State-by-State Comparison of Governors’ Health Policies

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy published a summary of 44 governors’ health policies, as outlined in State of the State or inaugural addresses. The summary notes that a majority of the governors addressed health in their speeches, focusing mostly on Medicaid and behavioral health. The summary also provides a state-by-state matrix across six topics: culture of health, costs, Medicaid, Medicaid expansion, exchanges, and behavioral health.

  • First Focus Gathers Valentines in Support of CHIP

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    First Focus: First Focus and United Way asked children, families, and community members to send a Valentine to their federal representatives in support of reauthorizing CHIP. Individuals were asked to sign an online petition, send a card, or post a message on social media.

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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!