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 Pens Dental Coverage Piece for the Huffington Post

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    CA: Wendy Lazarus, founder and co-president of The Children’s Partnership (TCP), and Jenny Kattlove, senior director of programs for TCP, co-authored an article in the Huffington Post on the state of children’s dental care in California. The article explains that California kids enrolled in either Covered California or Medi-Cal have guaranteed coverage for dental service, but notes that guaranteed coverage does not necessarily translate to accessing dental care. The authors call on the state to increase reimbursement rates and continue to explore innovative solutions like the Virtual Dental Home to ensure all children receive the dental care they need.

  • CCF Updates Brief on Waiting Periods for Children

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families updated a policy brief on CHIP waiting periods for children who were previously insured. The brief found that 20 states eliminated their waiting periods and 7 states lowered their waiting periods to 90 days or less as a result of ACA-related regulations. The policy brief highlights the impact of waiting periods on health coverage, costs, and administrative efficiencies.   

  • KidsWell Partners Issue Alert About Healthcare.gov Incorrectly Calculating Household Income

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    CCF, NHeLP: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families, the National Health Law Program, and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, issued an alert that Healthcare.gov has been incorrectly counting social security income for tax dependents. The brief notes that under federal rules, the social security income of children and other tax dependents only counts if the dependent is required to file a tax return, but that Healthcare.gov has been counting it even if the dependent is not required to file taxes.  

  • YI Circulates Letter Support Obamacare Maternity Coverage Provision

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    YI: Young Invincibles is encouraging individuals to join a sign-on letter calling on HHS Secretary Burwell to allow women who become pregnant to enroll in coverage under a special qualifying life event category. 

  • SCAA Testifies at State Budget Hearing

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    NY: The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy testified before the Joint Fiscal Committees during the Health/Medicaid budget hearing. The testimony addressed SCAA’s support of: an increased focus on children’s oral health; the Governor’s proposal to ensure the Exchange has a reliable funding source; and funding for a Basic Health Plan.

  • 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.

  • SCAA Releases Report on Oral Health

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    NY: The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy released a report on how New York can implement better policies to prevent dental disease in children. The brief notes that dental disease is not only harmful to a child’s development, but is also very costly to the State. The report recommends protecting and expanding community water fluoridation, providing universal dental insurance, expanding dental services in schools, and expanding the use of community health workers.

  • NASHP Updates Marketplace Renewal Strategies Chart

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy updated its marketplace renewal strategies chart. The chart includes a breakdown of each state’s processes for Marketplace renewals including whether the Marketplace will auto-renew Qualified Health Plans, the approach to tax subsidy redeterminations are, and consumer communications to assist with renewal.

  • 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 Blogs About Misleading Reports of Premium Increases

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    FL: Florida CHAIN blogged about the fact that most consumer can purchase health coverage for the same or lower premiums as they did in 2014, despite many reports that premiums have increased. The blog attributes confusion to the complexity of how consumers pay for coverage with Premium Tax Credits. Florida CHAIN is urging all Marketplace customers to compare plans during Open Enrollment.

  • NAM Publishes Q&A On Possible Supreme Court Case Repercussions

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    NAM: New American Media published a Q&A about the possible fallout of the Supreme Court’s decision in the King v. Burwell case. The Q&A provides background on the case and explains how a ruling in favor of the plaintiff could significantly impact low-income individuals who, as a result of the ruling, would find themselves in a coverage gap and without federal tax subsidies. 

  • NHeLP Publishes Summary of 2014 ACA Litigation

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program published an issue of Health Advocate that provides a summary of significant ACA-related cases in 2014. The e-newsletter examines cases that directly challenge: the ACA; coverage of reproductive health services; Medicaid maintenance of effort requirement; and preemption.

  • KidsWell Partners Respond to MACPAC Request on Future of Children’s Health Coverage

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    CCF, CDF, First Focus, NHeLP, CA: 49 groups, including KidsWell Partners Children’s Defense Fund, The Children’s Partnership, First Focus, the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, and the National Health Law Program, responded to a MACPAC request about how to improve Marketplace coverage for children. The letter advocates for the Commission to recognize the foundational role of Medicaid and CHIP and discusses: affordability of coverage; adequacy of covered benefits; network adequacy; and transitions between Medicaid, CHIP, Marketplaces, and employer sponsored insurance.

  • 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.

  • Children Now Works with San Jose Mercury News Staff to Publish CHIP Editorial

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    CA: Children Now worked with San Jose Mercury News staff to publish an editorial on CHIP. The editorial calls on Congress to consider the health of more than 6.6 million children and extend funding for the program as soon as possible.

  • Children Now Participates In MACPAC Expert Roundtable

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    CA: Mike Odeh, associate director of health policy for Children Now, was one of 15 invited participants at an expert roundtable on pediatric provider network adequacy hosted by the Medicaid and CHIP Payment Advisory Commission (MACPAC). Conversations from the December 1st event will help inform MACPAC as it considers CHIP’s future and how qualified health plans (QHPs) may provide children with adequate access to care. Mr. Odeh was the only consumer advocate representative on the roundtable.

  • NHeLP Publishes Comparison of Medi-Cal and Covered California Benefits

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program published a fact sheet comparing Medi-Cal benefits to Covered California’s essential health benefits (EHBs). The fact sheet provides an overview of services covered by each program, a list of differences, and considerations to keep in mind when comparing benefits.

  • HCFANY Releases Story Booklet Highlighting ACA Open Enrollment Successes

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    NY: Health Care for All New York released a booklet of stories from real New Yorkers on how the ACA has positively impacted their lives. The booklet features 12 stories from individuals across New York who enrolled in Qualified Health Plans (QHPs), Medicaid, CHIP, and small business plans during the first Open Enrollment Period.

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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!