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!


  • Texas Well and Healthy Blogs About Adopting Arkansas’ Private Option for Texas

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    TX: Texas Well and Healthy blogged about how Arkansas’ Private Option could be used as a model for Texas’ Medicaid expansion. Arkansas’ program premiums have dropped since peaking a year ago and are now below 2015 projected caps.  Many stakeholders in Texas are calling on the State to expand Medicaid and the blog notes that a Private Option-like program could gain traction.

  • KidsWell Partners Call on Congress to Renew CHIP Funding

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    MomsRising, FL, NY: Kidswell partners across the country called on the U.S. House of Representatives to vote in support of  HR 2, a bi-partisan bill that would extend CHIP funding for two years. MomsRising circulated an open letter calling on Congress to pass HR 2 and keep key improvements to the program’s eligibility and enrollment. In addition, The Children’s Trust, Health Care for All New York, and the Center for Public Policy Priorities encouraged their partners to call their Representatives and urge them to support the bill.


  • CPPP Releases County-Specific Coverage Expansion Fact Sheets

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities, with the support of Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, published fact sheets on the impact that coverage expansion would have on each county in Texas. The fact sheets discuss how many local jobs would be created and money saved if Texas chose to expand Medicaid. The fact sheets also illustrate the coverage gap’s statewide impact, including that Texas taxpayers currently spend $4.4 billion to care for the state’s uninsured.

  • 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.

  • YI and HCFANY Blog About the ACA’s Fifth Anniversary

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    YI, NY: In honor of the ACA’s fifth anniversary, Young Invincibles (YI) and Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) blogged about five ways the ACA has changed health insurance for Millennials and New Yorkers, respectively. YI noted that 5.7 million young adults have gained coverage since the passage of the ACA and HFCANY highlighted that over 2.1 million New Yorkers have enrolled in coverage through the Marketplace since it launched in October 2013.
  • The Children’s Trust Hosts TV Show on Children’s Policy Issues

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    FL: On March 7th, The Children’s Trust hosted a television show exploring policy issues, including legislation and funding for children’s health. State Senator Rene Garcia and Diana Ragbeer, director of Public Policy and Community Engagement at The Children’s Trust, were featured on the show and discussed the possibility of the Florida Legislature expanding Medicaid. Ms. Ragbeer, stated, “[t]here’s much at stake this [legislative] session. Are children and families going to be at the top of the list? It’s our responsibility to see that they are.”

  • 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. 

  • CPPP Publishes Annual Report on the State of Texas Children

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities published their annual report on the state of Texas’s children, highlighting information on child poverty, health and wellness, education, safety, and family economic security. The report notes that while Texas decreased the number of uninsured children, nationally it ranks 49th because of the high rate of uninsured children. The report calls on Texas to expand Medicaid and close the coverage gap to make health insurance more affordable for families.

  • KidsWell Partners Comment on Texas Medicaid Proposal

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    MomsRising, YI, TX: KidsWell partners, MomsRising, Young Invincibles, Texans Care for Children, and the Children’s Defense Fund-Texas, joined ten other organizations in responding to Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick’s Medicaid proposal. The proposal seeks permission to further restrict Texas’s Medicaid program. The joint press release calls on state leaders to reject the proposal and instead expand Medicaid and accept funding from the federal government.

  • NHeLP Examines Medicaid Health Expense Accounts

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program published key takeaways and a Q&A examining states’ plans to establish health expense accounts as part of their Medicaid expansion proposals. Indiana, Michigan, and Arkansas received federal 1115 Waivers to implement health expense accounts

  • NASHP Publishes State-by-State Comparison of Governors’ Health Policies

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy published a summary of 44 governors’ health policies, as outlined in State of the State or inaugural addresses. The summary notes that a majority of the governors addressed health in their speeches, focusing mostly on Medicaid and behavioral health. The summary also provides a state-by-state matrix across six topics: culture of health, costs, Medicaid, Medicaid expansion, exchanges, and behavioral health.

  • CCF Publishes Report on Healthy Utah’s Positive Impact

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families, in conjunction with Utah Voices for Children, released a report on the positive impact Healthy Utah, the State’s proposed Medicaid expansion proposal, would have on working parents and families. The report found that 68% of parents that could benefit from the expansion are working and only 8% are unemployed. The report also notes that the proposal could be an opportunity to reduce the number of uninsured children in the state, as Utah currently ranks 43rd in the country for percent of uninsured children.

  • NHeLP Publishes Brief on Proposed Republican ACA-Replacement Plan

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program published a brief breaking down the proposed Burr-Hatch-Upton (BHU) plan introduced in Congress on February 4th. The brief notes that although the plan calls for complete repeal of the ACA, it reiterates and supports much of the ACA’s framework. However, the brief explains that the plan would lead to higher numbers of uninsured and result in significant cuts to the Medicaid program.

  • 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.

  • Texas Well and Healthy To Host Coverage Expansion Day

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    TX: On March 12, 2015, Texas Well and Healthy, as part of the Cover Texas Now! coalition, will host a Coverage Expansion Advocacy Day. The day will help to bring attention for the need to close the coverage gap in Texas to the State Capitol. Registration is available now.

  • Texas Well and Healthy Blogs About Medicaid Expansion

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    TX: Texas Well and Healthy blogged about the current state of Medicaid expansion proposals as the 2015 state legislative session begins. The blogs notes that the new Governor continues to publically oppose expansion but encourages Texans to continue to apply pressure to state lawmakers.

  • HCFANY Blogs About LGBT Enrollment Outreach

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    NY: Health Care for All New York (HCFANY) blogged about the beginning of LGBT Health Insurance Outreach and Enrollment week, an effort aimed at informing uninsured LGBT New Yorkers about coverage options and helping them apply before the end of Open Enrollment. Lois Uttley, co-chair of the HCFANY LGBT Task Force, stated, “[w]e want uninsured LGBT New Yorkers to know that you can apply for coverage without fear of discrimination or being turned down because of pre-existing conditions.”

  • NHeLP Outlines 2015 Priorities

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) published an e-newsletter outlining the organization’s top priorities and goals for 2015. The newsletter explains NHeLP’s goals and expectations for many issue areas, including: ACA implementation; Medicaid expansion; CHIP; and reproductive health.

  • 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.

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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!