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!

  

  • TCP Comments on Uninsured Hispanic Children Report

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    CA: The Children’s Partnership (TCP) issued a press release commenting on a report on Hispanic children’s health coverage released by the Georgetown Center on Children and Families and the National Council of La Raza. The press release names California a “standout state” because its rate of uninsured Hispanic children is just over 9.5%, almost two percentage points lower than the national rate. Kristen Golden Testa, California health director for TCP stated, “[o]ur state made sure we partnered with local folks that know the individuals in very specific communities, rather than just putting things in Spanish.”

  • KidsWell Partners Publish Report on Uninsured Hispanic Children

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    CCF, NCLR: The Georgetown Center on Children and Families and the National Council of La Raza released a report showing the percentage of uninsured Hispanic children has steadily declined over the past five years. According to the report, 590,000 more Hispanic kids had coverage in 2013 than 2009, but more than 2 million remain uninsured. The report recommends: making the outreach and enrollment process available in high-quality Spanish; clarifying that families can apply for health coverage for their children regardless of their immigration status and without fear of retribution; and providing community-based enrollment assistance.

  • CCF Releases Report on the State of Children’s Health Coverage

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center on Children and Families released a report focused on the state of children’s health coverage. The report found that in 2013, the uninsured rate for children did not significantly decline from the previous year for the first time in five years. The report suggests the future of children’s coverage will depend heavily on whether or not Congress renews funding for CHIP.

  • Texas Well and Healthy Blogs About Importance of Financial Assistance

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    TX: Texas Well and Healthy blogged about the importance of financial assistance in helping Texans afford health coverage. The blog notes that 84% of Texans who enrolled in the federally facilitated marketplace (FFM) received financial assistance and paid, on average, $72 per month for insurance, yet 53% of uninsured Americans are unaware that financial help is available through the FFM.

  • Florida CHAIN Board Member Pens Opinion Piece On ACA Success

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    FL: Florida CHAIN Board Member Elsie B. Crowell wrote an opinion column for the Tallahassee Democrat detailing the ACA’s success in Florida. The column highlights that the ACA has led to: nearly 1 million Floridians gaining access to health insurance; 240,000 Floridians receiving coverage through Medicaid and CHIP; and over 3.7 million Floridians receiving preventive service coverage with no cost sharing.

  • Florida CHAIN Hosts Call on Midterm Election Impact on Florida Health Care

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    FL: Florida CHAIN hosted a call assessing the impact of midterm election results on the fight to close the coverage gap and expand health care in Florida on November 13th. Florida CHAIN’s Advocacy Director provided political analysis on the call as part of the CHAIN ReACTORS monthly conference call series.

  • YI Announces ACA Enrollment College Tour

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    YI: Young Invincibles and the NAACP announced the Get H.Y.P.E. (Healthy Young People Everywhere) College Tour will host three special events at the University of Houston to empower students to get serious about their own health and enroll in the Marketplace. The announcement notes the Tour will feature fun activities, a press conference, and a Town Hall focused on the most pressing problems facing young people today.

  • NHeLP Publishes E-Newsletter on Open Enrollment

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program published an issue of Health Advocate focusing on challenges and concerns regarding the 2015 Open Enrollment Period. The newsletter acknowledges the enrollment process has advanced considerably since last year, but points to the shortened timeline and redetermination process as major concerns.

  • CCF Publishes Brief on Renewing Coverage in the FFM

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center on Children and Families published an issue brief that outlines the Federally Facilitated Marketplace’s renewal process. The brief notes that although most consumers can be auto-renewed in the same QHP without taking action, current enrollees are strongly encouraged to update their financial assistance eligibility information and review available QHPs during the 2015 Open Enrollment Period.

  • KidsWell Partners Circulate Letter Urging Congress to Extend MIECHV Program Funding

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    CDF, First Focus, NY: KidsWell Partners, Children’s Defense Fund, First Focus, and Health Care for All New York, signed on to a letter urging Congress to extend funding for the Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program before the end of this legislative session or as one of the first acts of the next legislative session. MIECHV funding is set to expire in March 2015. Organizations are encouraged to add their name to the letter by November 7th.

     

  • Texas Well and Healthy Blogs About Positive Impact of In-Person Enrollment Assistance

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    TX: Texas Well and Healthy blogged about the efficacy of in-person enrollment assistance and high levels of consumer satisfaction with the process in Texas. The blog provides information about the different types of assistance available, how to find assistance, and how to become an in-person assister.

  • NLC Stresses Health as a Local Priority at National Summit

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    NLC: Clarence Anthony, CEOand executive director of the National League of Cities, participated in Governing Magazine’s Health and Human Services Summit in Washington. The Summit provided an overview of what state and local governments foresee happening related to health and human services. Anthony stated, “[e]quity and access are central issues in improving the health of citizens in the U.S
  • KidsWell Partners Publish Q&A About CHIP Renewal

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    First Focus, NAM: New American Media published a Q&A with Ed Walz, vice president of First Focus, about the future of CHIP and the likelihood of Congress acting to renew funding for the program. The Q&A provides background on the program, how it differs from ACA-provided coverage, and the consequences of failing to renew the program.

  • HCFANY Hosts Cultural Competency Webinar On Enrolling LGBT New Yorkers in Health Coverage

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    NY: Health Care for All New York’s LGBT Taskforce held a webinar on best practices for navigators and assistors to ensure cultural competency when helping LGBT New Yorkers enroll in health insurance. The webinar covered: specific health issues that LGBT applicants may face; how to deal with special enrollment issues for transgender applicants; and how an organization can be welcoming to LGBT applicants. Materials from the presentation are available.

  • MCHI Thanks Outreach Summit Participants

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    MD: The Maryland Citizen’s Health Initiative applauded and thanked stakeholders who participated in  outreach summits held in conjunction with the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, regional connector entities, and community leaders. During the summits, over 300 people shared best practices and resources to inform open enrollment strategies. The next summit will be held on January 26, 2015. 

  • Young Invincibles Releases California-Specific Health Coverage Renewal Infographic

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    YI: Young Invincibles released an infographic outlining the steps needed to renew and ensure health coverage for 2015 in California. The infographic includes step-by-step instructions, facts, and important contact information.

  • NHeLP Submits Comments on Draft IRS Forms

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    NHeLP:  The National Health Law Program submitted comments on the proposed IRS Forms 1095 A-C that will be used to determine whether individuals have minimum essential health coverage as required by the ACA and reconcile any Advance Premium Tax Credits individuals may have received. The comments encourage the IRS to release more detailed instructions on when and how consumers should use the forms and develop a streamlined system for those who file taxes electronically.

  • NHeLP Files Amicus Brief in Halbig Case

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program, in partnership with AARP, filed an amicus brief in the Halbig v. Burwell case defending the availability of ACA tax credits to consumers in states with a federally facilitated marketplace (FFM). The case is set for en banc review before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on December 17th.

  • NHeLP Submits Comments on Proposed IRS Rules

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program submitted comments to the IRS on proposed rulemaking related to household composition rules for married persons who experience domestic abuse or spousal abandonment.  

  • NHeLP Publishes Fact Sheet and Lessons Learned on CMS Guidance on Treatments for Children with ASD

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) published a fact sheet on CMS’s guidance related to treatments for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The fact sheet explains that states are now obligated to cover services for children under 21 when medically necessary, even if they are not covered for adults. NHeLP also published an issue brief, Lessons from California, highlighting how California is working to provide Behavioral Health Treatment to children with ASD who are enrolled in Medi-Cal.

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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!