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!

  

  • NASHP Updates Governors’ Views on CHIP Chart

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy updated a chart outlining Governors’ views on extending the CHIP program. The chart pulls information from Governors' responses to a July 2014 request from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce seeking input about the future of CHIP. The chart includes specific recommendations and highlights the differences in benefits and cost-sharing across states.

  • CCF To Host Webinar on CHIP Funding

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    CCF: On January 16, The Georgetown Center on Children and Families will host a webinar with PerryUndem Research about the future of CHIP if funding expires. The call examined Arizona’s scaling back of its CHIP program beginning in 2010 and discussed if other states might follow suit should funding not be reauthorized. During the webinar, CCF will release a commissioned report by PerryUndem on the subject.
  • Florida CHAIN Blogs About Misleading Reports of Premium Increases

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    FL: Florida CHAIN blogged about the fact that most consumer can purchase health coverage for the same or lower premiums as they did in 2014, despite many reports that premiums have increased. The blog attributes confusion to the complexity of how consumers pay for coverage with Premium Tax Credits. Florida CHAIN is urging all Marketplace customers to compare plans during Open Enrollment.

  • Florida CHAIN Holds Coverage Gap Rally

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    FL: Florida CHAIN, along with the Florida Consumer Action Network and a local city council member, hosted a news conference at St. Petersburg City Hall calling on lawmakers to close the coverage gap. The press conference included speeches by local politicians, stakeholders, and individuals in the coverage gap.

  • NHeLP Comments on CMS Draft Letter

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program submitted comments to CMS on the “Draft 2016 Letter to Issuers in the Federally-facilitated Marketplaces.” The comments expand on those already submitted to HHS in November 2014 and include specific comments on: network adequacy; provider directory links; essential community providers; accreditation; patient safety standards; discriminatory benefit design; prescription drugs; QHP performance and oversight; and consumer support.

  • NAM Publishes Q&A On Possible Supreme Court Case Repercussions

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    NAM: New American Media published a Q&A about the possible fallout of the Supreme Court’s decision in the King v. Burwell case. The Q&A provides background on the case and explains how a ruling in favor of the plaintiff could significantly impact low-income individuals who, as a result of the ruling, would find themselves in a coverage gap and without federal tax subsidies. 

  • Maryland Health Care for All! Coalition Announces Health System Forums

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    MD: Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative Fund announced a series of public forums highlighting Maryland’s work to advance a new care model for hospitals focusing on preventive care and strengthening relationships with community providers. The forums will run from late January through early March across the state.

  • Texans Care for Children Policy Brief Discusses Care for Children with Mental Health Issues

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    TX: Texans Care for Children published a policy brief on the unique needs of children with mental illness. The brief explains that children with serious mental disorders are more than twice as likely to end up living in correctional facilities, halfway houses, or drug treatment centers, or to be homeless. The brief recommends keeping children in their communities and appropriately addressing their mental health needs to prevent potential negative consequences.

  • Florida CHAIN to Host Call On Impact of Coverage Gap on Women

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    FL: On January 13, Florida CHAIN will host a call with Stephanie Glover, health policy fellow at the National Women’s Law Center (NCLW), to discuss findings from the Center’s new report on the impact of the coverage gap on low income women. Registration is available now

  • Florida CHAIN Asks Floridians to Join Statewide Day of Action

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    FL: On January 8, Florida CHAIN, as part of the Health Care for Florida Now coalition, encouraged members to take part in a statewide day of action and ask State lawmakers to close the coverage gap. Supporters were encouraged to call their local representatives and remind them of the coverage gap’s social and economic impact on Floridians.

  • Young Invincibles Blogs About Open Enrollment Numbers

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    YI: Young Invincibles blogged about HHS’s recent announcement that 7.1 million consumers enrolled in a health plan thus far during the open enrollment period. The blog suggests actual enrollment may be higher than reported due to incomplete state enrollment data and notes that young people are enrolling at a higher rate than in 2014. The blog posits that as the end of open enrollment approaches, outreach will intensify and enrollment numbers will continue to rapidly rise.

  • NCLR Blogs About Resolving to Get Covered in 2015

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    NCLR: The National Council of La Raza blogged about the benefits of signing up for health coverage in 2015. The blog encourages people to resolve to get covered to meet their health and financial goals. 

  • HCFANY Applauds Guidance Protecting Transgender Individuals from Insurance Discrimination

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    NY: Health Care for All New York (HCFANY) issued a press release praising Governor Cuomo’s  administration for issuing guidance to all commercial insurance companies barring denials of medically necessary treatment for gender dysphoria. Elisabeth Benjamin, vice president of health initiatives at Community Service Society of New York and co-founder of HCFANY, stated, “We are proud that our State stands up for the rights of transgender New Yorkers by guaranteeing them equal access to health care coverage. New York State’s new insurer guidance brings us one step closer to ending discrimination based on a person’s gender identity.”

  • Texans Care for Children Release 2015 Legislative Agenda

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    TX: Texans Care for Children released their 2015 legislative agenda outlining priorities in child protection, early education, early opportunities, health and fitness, juvenile justice, and mental well-being. Health-related priorities include: strengthening and expanding Medicaid; restricting advertising and consumption of unhealthy food and beverages; and enhancing prevention and early intervention efforts linked to social, emotional, and behavioral challenges child and youth face.

  • NHeLP Publishes Newsletter on California’s EPSDT Guidance

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program published an issue of Lessons from California on advocating for Medi-Cal managed care plans to provide a wide array of services to children.  The newsletter explains that federal Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) requirements to mandate that states provide services to children without delay or denial based on the possibility that other entities could provide said services.

  • Children Now Quoted on Pediatric Dental Care Program by San Francisco Chronicle

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    CA: Eileen Espejo, director of media and health policy for Children Now, was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle’s article that Denti-Cal failed to provide adequate services for low-income children.  Ms. Espejo stated, “[r]eports like these are really saying we can’t be silent anymore. If a child is in pain, they’re not concentrating on lessons going on in school. We know the mouth cannot be separated from the body.”

  • First Focus Releases Fact Sheet on 2015 Omnibus

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    First Focus: First Focus published a fact sheet on the impact the recently passed Congressional spending package will have on children. The fact sheet notes that many children’s programs received only level funding continuations and calls out the Omnibus as a missed opportunity for Congress to extend CHIP funding.

  • SCAA Writes About Medicaid Coverage for Foster Care Children

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    NY: The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy (SCAA) published a President’s Corner post highlighting the ACA provision that extends Medicaid coverage to foster youth until age 26, regardless of income. The provision went into effect in January 2014 and offers health insurance to more than 20,000 youth who age out of foster care nation-wide each year. The post notes that the SCAA is working to spread awareness of this provision.

  • HCFANY Blogs About NY’s Open Enrollment Deadline Extension

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    NY: Health Care for All New York blogged about New York’s decision to extend the enrollment deadline from December 15th to December 20th for coverage beginning on January 1st. The blog clarifies the extended deadline is only for coverage that is scheduled to begin on January 1st and that the open enrollment period remains open until February 15th.

  • NHeLP Publishes Summary of 2014 ACA Litigation

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program published an issue of Health Advocate that provides a summary of significant ACA-related cases in 2014. The e-newsletter examines cases that directly challenge: the ACA; coverage of reproductive health services; Medicaid maintenance of effort requirement; and preemption.

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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!