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!

  

  • NHeLP Comments on House Passage of CHIP Reauthorization

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) issued a press release after the House of Representatives passed HR 2, which would reauthorize CHIP for two years. The release lauds the passage of the bill but cites concerns that the bill includes the Hyde Amendment that would severely limit federal funding for abortions. Elizabeth G. Taylor, executive director for NHeLP, stated, “[w]e hope that this bipartisan two-year extension is the start of a longer conversation about protecting CHIP and moving forward to fully fund the program for four more years.”

  • 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.”

  • New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty Calls on Senators to Support CHIP Reauthorization

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    NM: The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty urged its members to call on Senators Heinrich and Udall to support HR 2, which proposed CHIP reauthorization for two years. The Center noted that more than 9,000 children in New Mexico relied on CHIP in 2013 and that the State could lose up to $24 million in federal funds if CHIP funding lapses.

  • First Focus Publishes Analysis of Federal Budget Resolutions

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    First Focus: First Focus published a fact sheet analyzing the budget resolutions released by the House and Senate Budget Committees, focusing on programs that impact children. The House Budget would merge CHIP into Medicaid and repeal Medicaid expansion, which could leave as many as 14 million people without coverage. The Senate Budget offers fewer details but proposes to cut Medicaid by $400 billion.

  • HCFANY To Host Budget Briefing Call

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    NY: On March 20th, Health Care for All New York (HCFANY) will host a conference call discussing the State Legislature’s budget proposals. The call will include a discussion of HCFANY’s budget priorities and advocacy tips.  Registration is available now.
  • HCFANY Blogs About Future of Child Health Plus

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    NY: Health Care for All New York blogged about the future of Child Health Plus, New York’s CHIP program.  The blog provides a brief background on the program, noting that 500,000 children in the state currently rely on CHIP. If Congress does not extend CHIP, the state stands to lose up to $950 million in federal funds and state matching funds in 2016.

  • Florida CHAIN Hosts Coverage Gap Press Event

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    FL: On March 9th, Florida CHAIN hosted a press event with Miami’s Mayor Tomás Pedro Regalado, uninsured residents, advocates, business leaders, and other interested stakeholders at Miami’s City Hall calling on lawmakers to close the coverage gap. The event featured photographs that are part of a traveling project highlighting real people stuck in the coverage gap. 

  • First Focus Authors CHIP Blog Post for Huffington Post

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    First Focus: Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus, blogged for the Huffington Post urging Congress to focus on children’s issues, including the reauthorization of CHIP. The post explains recent funding proposals and challenges to extend funding for the program. The post calls for a clean extension of CHIP to avoid increasing waiting periods and cost sharing for families, both of which could result in millions of children losing health coverage.

  • 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.

  • YI Comments on Special Enrollment Window for Pregnant Women

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    YI: Young Invincibles (YI) issued a press release after 37 Senators called on the Administration to create a special enrollment period for pregnant women. Christina Postolowski, health policy manager for YI, stated, “We’re thrilled to see a growing chorus of leaders…call on the Administration to make maternity coverage available to pregnant women year-round. It’s unacceptable that pregnant women without maternity coverage could face more than $23,000 in medical costs – or worse, suffer severe health consequences or death.”

  • NHeLP Releases Statement on Republican CHIP Proposal

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) issued a press release on the discussion draft bill released by Representative Upton, Representative Pitts, and Senator Hatch. The press release notes that the Republican proposal would eliminate the maintenance of effort (MOE) provisions, allow states to shift children from Medicaid to CHIP, allow states to impose waiting periods before coverage can begin, and eliminate federal funding to cover children with family incomes above 300 percent of the federal poverty line. Elizabeth G. Taylor, executive director for NHeLP, stated, “While we welcome continued bipartisan commitment to protect and extend CHIP, we are troubled by some major provisions in the draft plan.”
  • HCFANY To Host Annual Budget Advocacy Day

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    NY: On March 3, Health Care for All New York is hosting a budget advocacy day in Albany. The day includes a briefing and meetings with key legislators and staff. Registration is available through February 27th.

  • NLC to Host Webinar on Legislative Agenda and President’s Budget

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    NLC: On March 5th, The National League of Cities (NLC) will host a webinar to discuss President Obama’s proposed budget and its potential impact on cities. In addition, NLC will discuss its 2015 advocacy agenda. Registration is available now.

  • MomsRising Members Visit Capitol Hill in Support of Medicaid

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    MomsRising: MomsRising members visited Capitol Hill and met with Senators to express their support for Medicaid funding. In addition to Senate staff meetings, MomsRising members delivered story booklets, an open letter with over 10,000 signatures, and small rubber ducks to remind Congress to, “Keep Families Afloat: Protect and Support Medicaid.”

  • First Focus Spearheads Call for Congressional Action on CHIP

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    First Focus: First Focus led over 1500 organizations, including all of the KidsWell national and state partners, in calling on Congress to act as soon as possible to provide a four-year CHIP funding extension. The letter emphasizes the need for swift action to ensure that states can continue to operate their programs without interruption. 

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.


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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!