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!

  

  • The Children’s Movement of Florida Highlighted in Associated Press Article

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    FL: The Children’s Movement of Florida was highlighted in an Associated Press article about its advocacy efforts on behalf of children. The organization is strongly supporting a bill that would remove a five-year waiting period for health insurance for Floridian children in immigrant families with incomes up to twice the poverty level, which was eliminated at the federal level in 2009. The bill has not yet reached the floor of either the state Senate or the House, but is estimated to cover over 25,000 children. Vance Aloupis, director of the Children’s Movement of Florida, stated, “[e]very year we drag our feet, a child get a year older.”

  • NHeLP Publishes Brief on Remaining Uninsured in California

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program, in partnership with the Western Center on Law and Poverty, published an issue brief on the remaining uninsured population in California. The brief explores the demographics of California’s “remaining uninsured”,  counties’ legal obligation to provide care for the uninsured, and funding sources for county-provided safety net care. The brief notes that millions of Californians remain uninsured and calls on counties to continue to invest in and explore new funding mechanisms for their respective safety net programs.

  • TCP Blogs about Five Years of the ACA in California

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    CA: The Children’s Partnership (TCP) blogged about the ACA’s impact on coverage in California in honor of the law’s fifth anniversary. Covered California is providing insurance for  1.8 million individuals, including over 100,000 children.   Medi-Cal added 2.7 million enrollees, including over 1 million children. While there is much to celebrate, an estimated 170,000 children in the State still lack insurance due to their immigration status and TCP supports the passage of SB 4, a Bill that would provide health care to all regardless of immigration status.

  • NCLR Hosts Federal Advocacy Days

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    NCLR: On March 4th and 5th, The National Council of La Raza hosted National Latino Advocacy Days in Washington, D.C. The event brought together hundreds of leaders from Latino nonprofits and civic organizations across the country to advocate on Capitol Hill. The issue agenda included a push to secure funding for CHIP.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • California KidsWell Partners Comment on Governor’s Budget Proposal

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    CA: California KidsWell partners, Children Now, Children’s Defense Fund-CA, PICO California, and The Children’s Partnership, issued a press release along with two other statewide organizations on the governor’s proposed budget. The press release notes a missed opportunity to expand Medi-Cal coverage to immigrants newly eligible for “deferred action” status, disappointment in maintained cuts to Medi-Cal provider rates, and excitement for a proposal to expand a county pediatric palliative care pilot program. The organizations call on the Governor and Legislature to create a system that will truly cover all children in California regardless of income or immigration status.

  • NCLR Highlights What Immigrant Families Should Know about ACA Enrollment

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    NCLR: The National Council of La Raza blogged about five things that immigrant and mixed-status families should know about ACA enrollment. The blog reinforces that immigration information provided on the enrollment application will not be used for immigration enforcement purposes and points readers to where they can access in-person assistance before the February 15th deadline to sign up for coverage.

  • KidsWell Partners Report and Comment on California’s Health for All Act

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    NAM, YI, CA: New American Media reported on the reintroduction of SB 4, the Health for All Act, which would guarantee all Californians access to health care, regardless of immigration status. California KidsWell partners Children Now, Children’s Defense Fund-California, PICO California, The Children’s Partnership, and Young Invincibles, signed onto a statement with other Californian advocacy groups praising Senator Lara’s actions. In addition, The Children’s Partnership issued a statement in which founder and co-president Wendy Lazarus stated, “[w]e stand with Senator Ricardo Lara and our partners to expand access to health coverage for all Californians, regardless of immigration status, in the coming year.”

  • CDF-NY Blogs About Hispanic Children in New York for HCFANY

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    CCF, NY: Lorraine Gonzalez-Camastra, director of health policy for Children’s Defense Fund-NY, blogged about Hispanic children in New York. The blog discusses findings from the Georgetown Center for Children and Families’ report on health coverage for Hispanics and the impact that a recent surge in unaccompanied immigrant minors might have on uninsured rates. The blog urges city and state officials to implement social service policies that are user-friendly for children and families, especially new immigrants.

  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • CPPP Issues Statement on Child Well-Being in Texas

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) issued a statement responding to Texas’s ranking 43rd  for child well-being relative to other states in the 2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book-- The statement calls for investing in prekindergarten, increasing the minimum wage, and expanding health care for the working poor. Frances Deviney, Texas KIDS COUNT director for CPPP stated, “It’s time for Texas to step up its game when it comes to prioritizing our children. With so many other states seeing improvements in child well-being, it’s clear that this is doable, we just need to commit to our kids’ future once and for all.”

  • NCLR Publishes Report on Hispanic Americans’ Health

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    NCLR: The National Council of La Raza published a report on chronic disease and health care among Hispanics in the United States. The report highlights Hispanic Americans’ rates of chronic disease; barriers to and motivators of chronic disease prevention and management; and roles for health care providers and community resources in management of chronic diseases.
  • NCLR Co-Hosts Conference to Promote Peer Support to Improve Health Care

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    NCLR: The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) and Peers for Progress co-hosted a conference  to promote the use of peer support in chronic disease prevention and management to improve health outcomes. A. Manuela McDonough, an associate director for NCLR’s Hispanic Health program, stated, “It is clear that peer support programs can make a difference in health outcomes, as we have seen with outreach in the Latino community.”

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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!