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.”

  • NHeLP Issues Statement on Medicaid Reimbursment Rate Supreme Court Decision

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) issued a press release strongly disagreeing with the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Armstrong v. Exceptional Child. In Armstrong, Medicaid providers sued Idaho after the State failed to raise reimbursement rates to levels suggested by federal Medicaid statute. The Court ultimately ruled that private parties cannot sue to enforce Medicaid rate setting, citing the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause. Jane Perkins, legal director for NHeLP, stated, “[t]oday's decision ignores hundreds of Supreme Court cases, dating from the early 1800s, which have recognized the ability of private parties to bring Supremacy Clause suits in federal court to stop state officials from implementing state laws that violate a federal law or the Constitution.”

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • MomsRising Voices Support for Local Governments’ Commitment to Reducing Number of Uninsured

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    MomsRising: MomsRising blogged about the efforts of the mayors and city governments of Hattiesburg, Mississippi and Dallas, Texas to reduce the number of uninsured children in their respective cities. Hattiesburg recently received a National League of Cities’ E³ Health Initiative grant to enroll over 6,000 eligible, but uninsured, children and families in Medicaid and CHIP. In addition, Momsrising will deliver a giant thank you card to Dallas Mayor Rawlings in appreciation of his work to decrease the number of uninsured children.

  • CCF Discusses CHIP on CSPAN

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    CCF: Elisabeth Wright Burak, senior program director at the Georgetown Center for Children and Families, discussed CHIP during her appearance on CSPAN’s Washington Journal. Ms. Burak reviewed the importance of CHIP with callers from around the country.

  • 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.

  • CCF Releases Report On Importance of Maintenance of Effort Protections

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families published a report outlining the importance of the ACA’s maintenance of effort (MOE) provision, which prohibits states from eliminating their CHIP program or reducing Medicaid and CHIP income eligibility thresholds to reduce the number of eligible individuals. The report comes in response to a Republican proposal to eliminate MOE as part of a CHIP funding extension and highlights the importance of federal protections like MOE in keeping children’s health coverage insulated from the budget process.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • KidsWell Partners Comment on Children’s Access to Care

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    CDF, CA: KidsWell Partners commented on the lack of doctors who are willing to treat Medi-Cal enrollees for an article in the California Health Report. Alison Buist, director of healthy policy for the Children’s Defense Fund, stated, “[i]f you look at the numbers, it’s hard to see [that access is] not a problem.” The article also discussed the difficultly in teasing out the impact of transitioning patients from the Healthy Families program to Medi-cal. Kristen Golden Testa, director of the California health program for The Children’s Partnership, stated, “[w]e’re not anywhere where we know if there is an impact with a reduced private network with this population.”

  • NHeLP Pens Guide to Medicaid Managed Care

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program published a guide on oversight, transparency, and accountability in Medicaid Managed Care, highlighting tools, tips, and ways to get information about states’ managed care programs. The guide provides a comprehensive primer on the program including: background on the history and structure of Medicaid managed care; contracting; plan design and performance; enrollment; waivers; and grievances and appeals.

  • 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.

  • First Focus Paper Highlights Importance of Pediatric Home Visits

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    First Focus: First Focus published a paper on innovative health care strategies for children and families. The paper highlights an effort in South Carolina to improve efficiency and outcomes for children by integrating pediatric primary health care with voluntary home visits for families with newborns. Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus, stated, “…for more than 16 years, putting home visiting and health care together has yielded more efficient care and better health for kids.”

  • CCF Publishes Fact Sheet on Transition of Children from CHIP to Medicaid

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families published a fact sheet on children who moved from CHIP to Medicaid coverage after the ACA required that all states align the minimum threshold for Medicaid eligibility for all children under 18 to 138% of the federal poverty line. Previously, many states operated a “stairstep” eligibility structure, where young children under the age of 5 were usually enrolled in Medicaid while older children were enrolled in CHIP. Children’s transition from CHIP to Medicaid coverage resulted in the elimination of premiums for families in eight states, elimination of co-payments in 13 states, and increased access to services.

  • 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.

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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!