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 Host CHIP Call

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    First Focus, MomsRising, YI: KidsWell Partners First Focus, MomsRising, and Young Invincibles invited members to join a call to discuss the future of CHIP. The call was led by policy and advocacy experts and explored the program’s background, what is at stake if the program is not extended, and how individuals can take action to advocate for the program’s extension.

  • CCF Publishes Report on Healthy Utah’s Positive Impact

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families, in conjunction with Utah Voices for Children, released a report on the positive impact Healthy Utah, the State’s proposed Medicaid expansion proposal, would have on working parents and families. The report found that 68% of parents that could benefit from the expansion are working and only 8% are unemployed. The report also notes that the proposal could be an opportunity to reduce the number of uninsured children in the state, as Utah currently ranks 43rd in the country for percent of uninsured children.

  • NHeLP Publishes E-Newsletter on the ACA Tax Filing Requirements

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program published an e-newsletter examining the tax filing requirements and new IRS forms for individuals receiving subsidized coverage through Marketplaces. The newsletter reviews the ACA’s minimum essential coverage requirement, exceptions to the requirement, and how to claim and reconcile tax credits. 

  • Texas Well and Healthy Blogs About In-Person Assistance Locations

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    TX: Texas Well and Healthy blogged about where Texans can go for enrollment assistance ahead of the Open Enrollment Period deadline. The blog lists locations in major cities across the state, as well as available telephone and internet resources, and encourages individuals to contact the organizations to confirm schedules and availability.

  • Young Invincibles to Hold Valentine’s Day Health Fair

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    YI: Young Invincibles will hold a Valentine’s Day themed health fair at the College of William and Mary on Saturday, February 14th. The fair will provide young adults an opportunity to sign up for insurance and receive in-person assistance before the end of the Open Enrollment Period.

  • 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.

  • NCLR Holds Enrollment Event in Miami

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    NCLR: The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), in partnership with Hispanic Unity of Florida and the National Hispanic Council on Aging, held a free event offering Miami residents information and enrollment resources. Steven Lopez, manager for the NCLR Health Policy Project, stated, “[g]iven the large number of Latinos who lack health insurance and the need to provide culturally and linguistically appropriate in-person assistance, enrollment events like this one are helping to make a difference in families’ lives.”

  • First Focus Publishes Brief on Potential Impact of CHIP Funding Lapse

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    First Focus: First Focus published a brief examining the potential impact of CHIP funding set to expire on September 30, 2015. The brief found that if Congress delays action to reauthorize the program, over a million children will lose health insurance coverage and costs would jump from an average of $90 for a CHIP plan to $446 under ACA plans. 

  • NHeLP Publishes Brief on Proposed Republican ACA-Replacement Plan

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program published a brief breaking down the proposed Burr-Hatch-Upton (BHU) plan introduced in Congress on February 4th. The brief notes that although the plan calls for complete repeal of the ACA, it reiterates and supports much of the ACA’s framework. However, the brief explains that the plan would lead to higher numbers of uninsured and result in significant cuts to the Medicaid program.

  • Texans Care for Children Pen Op-Ed About Enrollment Assistance

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    TX: Texans Care for Children wrote an Op-Ed in the Austin American-Statesmen about the importance of enrollment resources and assistance in helping Texans sign up for health coverage. The Op-Ed highlights success stories such as Insure Central Texas, a free enrollment resource provided by Foundation Communities, which has helped over 9,000 individuals enroll in coverage since 2013. The Op-Ed also provides resources for consumers looking for assistance before the February 15th Open Enrollment deadline.

  • The Children’s Partnership Blogs About School Enrollment Efforts

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    CA: The Children’s Partnership blogged about the ALL IN For Health campaign’s efforts to reach families through schools, early learning and care, and after-school sites. The campaign is working with Montebello and Natomas Unified School Districts to enroll families in Covered California and Medi-Cal. The campaign has helped over 70 families enroll in coverage and will continue through the end of the 2015 Open Enrollment Period.

  • HFCANY Testifies at State Budget Hearing

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    NY: Health Care for All New York (HCFANY) submitted testimony to the New York Senate and Assembly fiscal committees during the Health/Medicaid budget hearing. The testimony explains HCFANY’s general support for the Governor’s proposed budget, but opposes allowing extra time for hospitals to adjust to indigent care funding requirements and eliminating prescriber prevails and spousal refusal. The testimony also urges the Legislature to allow for expansions in Medicaid coverage beyond the global cap and increase consumer engagement in the development of a value-based payment system.

  • First Focus Publishes Paper on Recession’s Effect on Children

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    First Focus: First Focus and the PolicyLab at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia released a new paper analyzing the effects of the Great Recession on child well-being. The paper, which updates research conducted in 2010, examines child well-being across four areas: health, hunger, housing, and abuse and neglect. The paper found that states expanded CHIP eligibility during the great recession and reduced the amount of uninsured children to 7%, the lowest in decades. However, the paper notes there are still major challenges ahead, including gaps in coverage and the reauthorization of CHIP.

  • KidsWell Partners Respond to President’s Budget

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    CDF, MomsRising, NCLR, YI: Children’s Defense Fund issued a press release about President Obama’s 2015 budget proposal. The press release discusses a number of proposed expanded investments that would benefit children and families, including four additional years of funding for CHIP. Other KidsWell partners also weighed in on the President’s budget: MomsRising blogged about the budget, Young Invincibles published a fact sheet, and National Council of La Raza issued a press release.


  • HFCANY Blogs About Major Marketplace Milestone

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    NY: Health Care for All New York blogged about Governor Cuomo’s recent announcement that over 2 million New Yorkers have enrolled in the NY State of Health Marketplace. The blog explains that 98%, or 1.8 million, of these new enrollees did not have coverage when they enrolled and, according to a recent survey, 92% of enrollees are satisfied with their health coverage. The blog looks forward to final numbers from the 2015 Open Enrollment Periods.

  • NHeLP Examines California’s Marketplace to Medicaid Transition

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program published an issue of Lessons from California examining how Covered California handled newly eligible enrollees transitioning from the Marketplace to Medi-Cal. The brief explains that nearly 30,000 individuals were found newly eligible for Medi-Cal due to decreased projected incomes for 2015. California attempted to make consumers’ transition to Medi-Cal seamless by automatically enrolling them in a Medi-Cal managed care plan as of January 1, 2015. Although this ensured there were no gaps in coverage, the brief is concerned that consumers did not receive sufficient notice of changes. 
  • NCLR To Host Annual Conference in Kansas City

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    NCLR: The National Council of La Raza will hold its annual conference in Kansas City. The conference will run from July 11 to July 14, 2015. Registration is available now.

  • CPPP To Release Texas KIDS Count Report

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    TX: On March 4, The Center for Public Policy Priories will release its annual Texas KIDS Count Report. The annual report, supported by the Healthcare Ministries of South Texas and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, will provide an update on the status of children’s health and well-being in Texas.  Registration is available now.

  • CDF Publishes Child Poverty Report

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    CDF, CA: The Children’s Defense Fund published a report showing that an investment of an additional 2 percent of the federal budget into existing programs and policies could help reduce child poverty by 60 percent. The report notes that the United States has the second highest child poverty rate among 35 industrialized countries. Despite progress in reducing child poverty over the last 50 years, 12.2 million children still live below the federal poverty level.  Children’s Defense Fund – California released a companion report outlining how to reduce California child poverty by 58 percent.

  • SCAA Releases Report on Oral Health

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    NY: The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy released a report on how New York can implement better policies to prevent dental disease in children. The brief notes that dental disease is not only harmful to a child’s development, but is also very costly to the State. The report recommends protecting and expanding community water fluoridation, providing universal dental insurance, expanding dental services in schools, and expanding the use of community health workers.

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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!