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 CMS Draft Letter

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program submitted comments to CMS on the “Draft 2016 Letter to Issuers in the Federally-facilitated Marketplaces.” The comments expand on those already submitted to HHS in November 2014 and include specific comments on: network adequacy; provider directory links; essential community providers; accreditation; patient safety standards; discriminatory benefit design; prescription drugs; QHP performance and oversight; and consumer support.

  • HCFANY Applauds Guidance Protecting Transgender Individuals from Insurance Discrimination

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    NY: Health Care for All New York (HCFANY) issued a press release praising Governor Cuomo’s  administration for issuing guidance to all commercial insurance companies barring denials of medically necessary treatment for gender dysphoria. Elisabeth Benjamin, vice president of health initiatives at Community Service Society of New York and co-founder of HCFANY, stated, “We are proud that our State stands up for the rights of transgender New Yorkers by guaranteeing them equal access to health care coverage. New York State’s new insurer guidance brings us one step closer to ending discrimination based on a person’s gender identity.”

  • NHeLP Publishes Newsletter on California’s EPSDT Guidance

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program published an issue of Lessons from California on advocating for Medi-Cal managed care plans to provide a wide array of services to children.  The newsletter explains that federal Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) requirements to mandate that states provide services to children without delay or denial based on the possibility that other entities could provide said services.

  • NHeLP Comments on HHS Proposed Rule

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Review Program (NHeLP) submitted comments to HHS on the proposed rule “Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2016.” The proposed rule  outlines changes to annual and special enrollment periods, essential health benefits, consumer assistance, and network adequacy. NHeLP’s comments support many of the proposed rule’s provisions that would improve access to coverage for vulnerable individuals and make recommendations on how to improve the rule.

  • NHeLP Submits Comments on Proposed IRS Rules

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program submitted comments to the IRS on proposed rulemaking related to household composition rules for married persons who experience domestic abuse or spousal abandonment.  

  • NHeLP Publishes Fact Sheet and Lessons Learned on CMS Guidance on Treatments for Children with ASD

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) published a fact sheet on CMS’s guidance related to treatments for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The fact sheet explains that states are now obligated to cover services for children under 21 when medically necessary, even if they are not covered for adults. NHeLP also published an issue brief, Lessons from California, highlighting how California is working to provide Behavioral Health Treatment to children with ASD who are enrolled in Medi-Cal.

  • NHeLP Submits Comments on Proposed Federal Rule Regarding ACA Contraceptive Coverage

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program submitted comments to CMS regarding a proposed federal rule that would further clarify the definition of “closely held” companies exempt from contraceptive coverage as mandated by the ACA. The comments offer alternatives to the definition of “closely held” corporations and encourage CMS to ensure access to contraceptive services are not unnecessarily impeded. 

  • NHeLP Publishes E-Newsletter on the Need for New Medicaid Managed Care Regulations

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    NHeLP: In the latest issue of the Health Advocate, the National Health Law Program highlights the need for updated federal regulations for Medicaid managed care. Today, nearly three quarters of Medicaid beneficiaries receive services through a type of managed care arrangement and nearly all state Medicaid agencies contract with managed care entities. 

  • NHeLP Publishes Series on Medicaid Managed Care

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program published a series on Medicaid Managed Care model provisions. Each issue tackles a specific aspect of  managed care, including beneficiary grievances and appeals; enrollment and disenrollment; network adequacy; accessibility and language access; and quality and transparency (forthcoming), and provides alternative model provisions for policymakers and advocates to utilize when updating regulations, contracts, and policies. 

  • NHeLP Issues Recommendations for Modernization of Medicaid Regulations

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program published recommended language to update  Medicaid managed care regulations (42 C.F.R. Part 438) which have not been updated since 2002. The recommended language encompasses today’s managed care population that includes people who have disabilities, who are older, and/or who have limited English proficiency. 

  • KidsWell CA Grantees Submit Pediatric Network Adequacy Recommendations

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    CA: Children Now, The Children’s Partnership, and the Children’s Defense Fund-CA sent a letter to the Department of Insurance about children’s issues to consider as the Department modifies network adequacy regulations. The letter recommends standards on: pediatric-specific network adequacy; pediatric specialists; out-of-network provider access; culturally and linguistically appropriate provider networks; dental provider networks; and transparency. 

  • National Health Law Program Issues Resources on EPSDT Services for Medicaid-Eligible Children

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) issued two resources on the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) service for Medicaid-eligible children and youth:

  • Watch What You Read! FCFEP Released Brief on OIR's Misleading Price Estimates for Premiums

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    FL: The Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy (FCFEP) released an issue brief highlighting flaws in the Office of Insurance Regulation’s (OIR) estimate of Individual Market Premium. According to the Issue Brief, “the information provided by OIR provides no credible comparison of the impact of (the Affordable Care Act) on rates. Its continued use as a basis for official projections is likely to result in direct harm to consumers.” 

  • CCF Published Post on New Rules Concerning Coverage Lock Outs for Nonpayment of Premiums

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) Say Ahhh! Blog published a post regarding the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) new rules that will protect children from being locked out of coverage for more than 90 days due to nonpayment of premiums. Additionally, the new rules eliminate states’ abilities to require the repayment of outstanding premiums as a condition for re-enrollment.
  • CCF Published Post on Final Medicaid, CHIP, and Exchange Rule, Highlighting Income Verification Requirement

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    CCF: Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) Say Ahhh! Blog published a post regarding the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) final rule on Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Exchanges. The blog notes that four of the eight priority issues identified in CCF’s comments on the proposed rule were addressed in the final rule. CCF was pleased to see HHS is working with states to identify alternative strategies if states are not ready to implement a single streamlined application by open enrollment on October 1st CCF also was glad that the final rule formalized a new certification application counselor program for Medicaid and CHIP, strengthened the cost-effective test, and reaffirmed that participation in premium assistance is voluntary. However, CCF noted that HHS missed an opportunity to eliminate CHIP waiting periods and hopes that HHS will release additional final regulations on this and other issues not addressed in the final rule, including: first year coverage for infants, coverage for former foster children up to age 26, simplification of paper based-documentation of citizenship verification, and a more comprehensive definition of “lawfully present.”

    CCF also published a blog post explaining the final rule’s income verification language  that was misinterpreted by the media. CCF confirmed that all Exchanges will be required to verify applicants’ reported income to confirm their eligibility for insurance affordability programs. However, if the applicant’s reported income is significantly lower than what is reported in their tax return and if no additional electronic sources of income data are available to confirm the reported amount, State-based Exchanges have the option in 2014 to accept the income level reported by the applicant. If the State-based Exchange elects to use this option it must implement random sampling of applicants to ensure that relying on applicant’s attested income is reliable.
  • CCF Released Comments to Navigator Proposed Rule

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families submitted comments on HHS’s proposed rule on standards for navigators and assisters in Health Insurance Exchanges. As part of their comments, CCF provided examples of the number of individuals in states that are expected to use these assistance programs and the amount of funding needed to ensure that individuals receive the assistance they need. CCF argues that available consumer assistance funding for states planning to use only the federal navigator grant will be “strikingly inadequate” and recommends that HHS identify additional resources to fund these programs, especially in the Exchanges’ first year of operation.  In addition, Tricia Brooks of CCF published the last post in the Say Ahhh! Navigator blog series highlighting the importance of determining the correct amount of Navigators needed in small and large states

  • CCF Praised HHS for New Model Applications for Health Care Coverage

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF) praised the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the new model applications for individuals and families to apply for health care coverage on their Say Ahhh! blog. CCF wrote that “the new models represent a major step forward – they are much shorter, crisper and easier to fill out than the draft versions that were released in January of this year.”
  • Maryland Partners Say "No!" To Proposed Regulations on CHIP 90 Day Waiting Period

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  • CCF Reviews Federal Proposed Rules on Navigators and In-person Assisters

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    CCF: Tricia Brooks of the Georgetown Center for Children and Families (CCF), published a blog post in CCF’s Say Ahhh! Blog reviewing the navigator and in-person assister proposed rules that were released by HHS.
  • How Does the ACA Affect Mental Health in Texas? Read CPPP's Report!

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities released a report examining how the ACA affects individuals with mental health and substance use disorders. The report reviews federal and state laws implemented prior to the passage of the ACA and highlights the benefits these individuals are now receiving through the ACA, such as provisions prohibiting insurers from denying coverage or raising premium costs for pre-existing conditions. 

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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!