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 Staff Publishes Blog for Health Affairs

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    NASHP: Staff from the National Academy for State Health Policy wrote a blog for Health Affairs on children’s coverage issues. The blog discusses the policies and systems needed to sustain and improve upon the increasing rates of children’s health coverage.

  • CCF Publishes Policy Brief on Medicaid Expansion Enrollment Conflicts

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families published a policy brief on the enrollment conflicts facing states that are, or are considering, expanding their Medicaid programs. The brief discusses the issues that arise when those who are already enrolled in coverage through a State Based Marketplace or Federally Facilitated Marketplace become newly eligible for Medicaid coverage.

  • CCF Publishes Brief on Children’s Health Coverage in Florida

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families published an issue brief on the state of children’s health coverage in Florida. The brief shows that although the rate of uninsured children in Florida has been decreasing over the last five years, it is still much higher than most of the nation at 11.1%. The brief discusses recent enrollment trends and explores the potential impact of the ACA, CHIP funding renewal, and Medicaid expansion on coverage.

  • NHeLP Publishes Lessons From California Focused on State’s Marketplace Renewal Process

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    NHeLP: In this month’s edition of Lessons from California, the National Health Law Program reviews Covered California’s renewal process and how it differs from the FFM renewal process. The newsletter highlights challenges with the renewal process, including limited availability of translated notices for non-English and Spanish speaking populations and coordination between Covered California and Medi-Cal. Despite these challenges, the newsletter predicts most Covered California enrollees will retain coverage with minimal disruption of care in 2015.

  • NLC To Host Congressional City Conference

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    NLC: The National League of Cities will host more than 1,000 officials from cities and towns to discuss the organization’s priorities for federal action in 2015 on March 7th to 11th in Washington, D.C. Registration for the Congressional City Conference is available now.

  • California KidsWell Partners Applaud President Obama’s Executive Action

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    CA: The California Children’s Health Coverage Coalition, which includes KidsWell Partners Children Now, Children’s Defense Fund-California, and PICO California, issued a press release applauding President Obama’s Executive Action on immigration. The press release notes that nearly one in six children in California has an undocumented parent and that under California law, lawfully present, low-income immigrants are eligible for Medi-Cal. The Coalition is monitoring how the President’s action will impact current efforts in the state legislature to expand health coverage.
  • NHeLP Publishes Issue Brief About Vision Services for Children on Medicaid

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program published an issue brief on vision services available to children with Medicaid coverage through the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit. The brief discusses: the severity and prevalence of common eye conditions among children; the developmental consequences of untreated vision loss; standards and recommendations for screenings; performance and monitoring of vision services rendered under the EPSDT benefit; and recommendations for CMS and state Medicaid agencies to improve children’s vision services.

  • CPPP Blogs About Lack of Penalty for Texans in Coverage Gap

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities blogged about the individual mandate’s hardship exemption for Texans who do not have insurance because they are in the coverage gap. The blog highlights a new, streamlined application Texans may use to qualify for an exemption when filing 2014 tax returns – applicants must report their income was below 138% FPL, they did not qualify for Medicaid coverage, and lived in a state that did not expand Medicaid. Currently, around one million Texans are in the coverage gap and may qualify for this exemption.

  • Florida CHAIN to Host Call on Health Reform Political Developments

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    FL: Florida CHAIN will host a call featuring Patrick Willard, field director for Families USA, on December 17th. Mr. Willard will discuss national political developments and threats to health care reform. Registration is available now.

  • YI Issues Press Release on Young Californian Immigrants Excluded from ACA Benefits

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    YI: Young Invincibles (YI) issued a press release in advance of President Obama’s Executive Action on immigration emphasizing the importance of health insurance to both young Californian immigrants and the state’s economy. Linda Leu, California policy and research director for YI, stated, “This Open Enrollment season, [YI] will continue working with Governor Brown and state legislative leaders to move forward with expanding coverage for all Californians, so that our state can continue to lead the way on health care reform.”

  • California KidsWell Partners Praise Governor Brown’s Support for CHIP

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    CA: The Children’s Health Coverage Coalition, which includes KidsWell partners Children Now, Children’s Defense Fund-California, PICO California, and The Children’s Partnership, issued a press release praising the Brown Administration’s letter calling on Congress to extend CHIP funding. The letter encourages Congress to act early and emphasizes CHIP’s importance to California’s fiscal stability.

  • KidsWell Partners Call on Florida to Expand Medicaid and Close the Coverage Gap

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    Young Invincibles, FL: Young Invincibles and Florida CHAIN held a press conference and blogged about a new brief examining the impact of Florida’s decision not to expand Medicaid on young Floridians. According to the brief, more than one third of the 918,000 Floridians who are in the coverage gap are young adults.

  • NAM Posts Q&A on Uninsured Hispanic Children Report

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    NAM, CCF: New American Media posted a Q&A with Sonya Schwartz, author of a study released by the Georgetown Center for Children and Families on the state of health coverage for Hispanic children. The Q&A covers: background issues; the large uninsured Hispanic child population in Texas; the future of children’s health programs; and available resources to families applying for coverage.

  • NASHP Blogs about CHIP’s Future

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) blogged about the future of CHIP based on discussions at NASHP’s 27th Annual Conference. The blog notes that if federal funding is not extended, many families may seek marketplace coverage, which, unlike CHIP, has not been tailored to low-income children’s needs. The blog also notes that the lack of clarity around CHIP’s future may create difficulties for states as they develop their budgets for children’s coverage
  • MomsRising Urges Congress to extend CHIP funding

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    MomsRising: MomsRising organized DC-area mothers to deliver petition signatures and storybooks to members of Congress encouraging them to extend CHIP funding through 2019. The storybook contains over 100 stories highlighting CHIP’s impact across the country. 

  • Florida CHAIN to Host “Health News You Can Use” Calls

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    FL: Florida CHAIN announced they will host a series of calls on health policy issues affecting Floridians beginning December 2nd. The first call will focus on how the ACA addresses health disparities faced by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. Registration is available now.
  • NHeLP Posts Webinar on Rules for MAGI Determination

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program released materials from a webinar it hosted as part of CMS’ navigator and assister training series. The webinar focuses on using Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) to calculate a consumer’s total household income for purposes of determining their eligibility for tax credits and subsidies for coverage purchased through a marketplace, as well as eligibility for Medicaid and CHIP.

  • NLCR Emphasizes Need for Effective Latino Outreach

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    NLCR: The National Council of La Raza issued a press release after it held a briefing to address the opportunities and challenges facing Latinos as they enroll in or renew health coverage under the ACA. The press release recommends that marketplaces make greater use of bilingual materials, increase the availability of navigators, and conduct extensive community outreach to improve Latino enrollment.

  • CCF to Host State Partner Call on Midterm Election Impact on 2015 Policy Agenda

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    CCF, First Focus: The Georgetown Center on Children and Families (CCF) will discuss the impact of the midterm elections on the 2015 policy agenda on a State Partner call November 18th. Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus, and Edwin Park, vice president of health policy for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, will join CCF’s executive director Joan Alker on the call.

  • Texas KidsWell Partners Comment on State of Children’s Health Coverage Children Report

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    TX: Children’s Defense Fund – Texas and Texas Well and Healthy issued a press release commenting on the report released by the Georgetown Center on Children and Families examining the state of children’s health coverage. The release notes that although Texas’ uninsured rate declined by 4.4% between 2008 and 2013, the state still has the second highest rate of uninsured children in the nation at 12.6%. Dr. Laura Guerra-Cardus, associate director of the Children’s Defense Fund–Texas and a co-lead of the Texas Well and Healthy Campaign, stated, “[u]nfortunately, hundreds of thousands of Texas children and their parents are uninsured, which not only puts these families at risk, but hurts the local economy.”

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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!