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!


  • CDF-NY Hosts Briefing on ACA and Uninsured Children and Families

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    NY: Children’s Defense Fund – New York (CDF-NY) and partners in the Children, Youth & Families Taskforce organized by KidsWell New York, held a briefing on the ACA’s implementation and its impact on children and families. The event focused on the New York State of Health, New York’s health benefit exchange, and effective outreach and assistance strategies targeting small businesses, immigrants, and people experiencing health disparities.  Presenters included representatives from CDF-NY, the Community Service Society of New York (CSS), and Harlem United Community AIDS Center, Inc.   


  • FL CHAIN Blogs About Legislators’ Continued ACA Opposition and Misrepresentation

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    FL: To highlight legislators’ persistent attempts to misrepresent the ACA, FL CHAIN published a blog post illustrating the state’s efforts to block the ACA, including: presentation of misleading and inaccurate premium information; drafting of proposed rules conflating definitions and requirements for Navigators and Certified Application Counselors; blocking discussion of Medicaid expansion; and weakening state law in two areas where Florida is currently stronger than the ACA—coverage for young adults under 30 and small business employees.  


  • Maryland Health Care for All! Coalition Quoted on Small Business Tax Credits

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    MD: Vincent DeMarco, President of the Maryland Health Care for All! Coalition, was quoted by local media supporting the Maryland Comptroller’s participation in a pilot program in Howard County to raise awareness about tax credits available to small businesses. “We are hopeful that the comptroller’s mailing will significantly increase the number of small business in Howard County who know about and take advantage of the health care tax credits,” said DeMarco. He added that an estimated 66,000 small businesses in Maryland, including 5,000 in Howard County, should qualify for the credits.
  • MomsRising Launched National Story Campaign on Healthcare Coverage

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    MomsRising: MomsRising launched a national story campaign to collect stories from individuals and small businesses on healthcare coverage in an effort to share them with various media sources and federal and state decision makers. MomsRising also released an interactive map to pinpoint where individuals have shared stories across the country.
  • The Children's Partnership Published Huffington Post Op-Ed on CA Kids and the ACA

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    CA: Wendy Lazarus, founder and co-president of The Children’s Partnership, published an Op-Ed in the Huffington Post highlighting the essential ACA “ingredients” that California will need to ensure children will have access to coverage. Ms. Lazarus argues the recipe for success requires: establishing a streamlined enrollment system; ensuring enough health care providers are available for children; expanding Medicaid to cover low-income adults who are often parents; implementing the Small Business Health Options Program to connect employees of small businesses to coverage for themselves and their children; ensuring that Essential Health Benefits meet children’s needs; and making coverage under the ACA affordable for children and their families .
  • Have Questions About How Health Reform Affects Small Businesses? MomsRising Holds Tweet Chat and Webinar!

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    MomsRising: MomsRising, in collaboration with the Small Business Majority, held a tweet chat on March 13th and a webinar on March 18th focusing on what health care reform means to small businesses.
  • The Children's Partnership Released Brief on How the Small Business Health Options Program Can Help Children

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    CA: The Children’s Partnership issued a two-page brief providing suggestions on how the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) can be used to identify and help dependent children of employees seeking coverage.  
  • CDF-TX Blogged About How the ACA Helps Small Businesses Provide Health Care to Employees

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    TX: The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) – Texas published a blog post highlighting how the ACA helps small businesses provide health care for its employees. In addition, CDF-TX is holding educational outreach programs for small businesses throughout the state.
  • FCFEP Released a Report Highlighting Employer Benefits from Medicaid Expanison

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    FL: The Florida Center for Fiscal and Economic Policy released a report highlighting how Florida employers can benefit from Medicaid expansion.  The report argues that coverage to employees under the expansion would be a fully subsidized employee benefit, which is valued at an estimated $14.3 billion for primary service industry-related employers over 10 years.
  • Texas Well and Healthy Held Action Call to Discuss what the ACA Means for Small Businesses

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    TX: Texas Well and Healthy held a Health Care Action call on October 25th featuring Keven Keogh, of Small Business Majority, to discuss what the ACA means for small businesses.
  • Florida CHAIN was Featured in the Media Highlighting Reform Issues and Published a Video on Small Business Owners

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    FL: Florida CHAIN was featured in a number of media sources highlighting: (1) two Florida CHAIN referred consumer stories regarding Florida’s Medicaid eligibility and enrollment challenges and the ACA’s impact on seniors; (2) a letter Florida CHAIN and 14 partner organizations submitted to Governor Rick Scott, urging him to hold public meetings on Essential Health Benefits (EHB); and (3) the Agency for Healthcare Administration’s (AHCA) intent to limit physician visits for Medicaid recipients. Florida CHAIN also published a video on small business owners and is working to produce three educational ACA Public Service Announcements (PSA) in Spanish.
  • ACY Released an Informational Guide for Advocates on the State-Based Exchange

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    Advocates for Children and Youth (ACY) released an advocates’ guide on the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange. The guide provides background on components of the state-based Exchange including: (1) background on the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange Act of 2012; (2) Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) and Essential Health Benefits (EHBs) that will facilitate the sale of health insurance through the Exchange; (3) dental and vision plans; (4) market rules for insurers; (5) the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP); (6) the Individual Exchange market; (7) Navigator Programs that will support outreach and consumer assistance; (8) risk adjustment and reinsurance programs; (9) the fraud, waste and abuse detection and prevention program; and (10) Exchange financing. The guide briefly discusses the future of health care reform in Maryland, stating that Marylanders should be proud of the state's progress and accomplishments to date.
  • HCFANY Blogged About the Meaning of SCOTUS Ruling

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    HCFANY published a blog post providing a break down of what the ruling means for (1) consumers; (2) small businesses; and (3) the state of New York.
  • Florida CHAIN Executive Director Commented on Florida Health Choices Program

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    Florida CHAIN's Executive Director Laura Goodhue was quoted in an article regarding the implementation of the Florida Health Choices program that will offer small businesses additional ways to cover employees under Florida Health Insurance. Goodhue noted that she is apprehensive about implementing the program since the state-based Exchange will be established in 2014 and will provide better coverage with more affordable options.
  • Florida CHAIN Video Highlighted ACA's Benefits for Small Businesses

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    Florida CHAIN released a video highlighting the benefits of the Affordable Care Act’s small business tax credit to provide coverage for employees. The video features a small business owner in central Florida who received a tax credit of $13,000 over the past two years. The video has reached over 10,070 Twitter followers and the small business owner was featured in a letter to the editor published in The Tampa Bay Times.
  • Op-Ed Highlighted ACA's Benefits for Small Businesses

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    Brian England, a  small business owner and Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative (MCHI) board member, published an op-ed in The Baltimore Sun highlighting how his business has benefited from the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  England notes that the rising cost of health insurance has been one of the biggest barriers to developing a successful business. However, when England renewed his insurance in August 2011, he found that for the first time, insurance rates had gone down by 6% due to the ACA's MLR requirement.
  • Florida CHAIN Hosted Webinar on the ACA's Impacts on Women-Owned Small Businesses

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    Florida CHAIN held a webinar on how the ACA will impact women-owned small businesses in Florida. Discussion topics included: (1) small business tax credit eligibility; (2)the Florida Health Insurance Exchange; (3) prevention and wellness; (4) shared responsibility; (5) cost containment; and (6) additional ACA tools and resources available for small businesses.
  • CDF-TX Associate Director Commented on Benefits of State-Based Exchange

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    Children’s Defense Fund – Texas (CDF-TX) Associate Director Laura Guerra-Cardus was featured on Texas Well and Healthy and quoted in an article regarding the benefits of a Health Insurance Exchange, and how Texans are already benefiting from the law through the dependent coverage provision and applied tax credits for small business owners.
  • CPPP Commented on Employer Based Health Coverage Report

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    The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) issued a news release commenting on a report released by the Economic Policy Institute focusing on state employer-provided health coverage. The report demonstrates that Texas is third among the “worst-ranking states” with only 51.1 percent of the non-elderly population covered by an employer. In addition, the report indicates that employer based coverage for children (age 0-17) declined 11.3 percent from 56.4 percent in 2000-2001 to 45.1 percent from 2009-10. In response to these findings, the CPPP noted the importance of health reform to Texas's employers and employees, as well as how the ACA is already helping Texas employers provide health insurance through: (1) rebates from insurers if the 2011 medical loss ratio was not met; (2) federal grant money to lower early retiree health premiums; and (3) small employer federal tax credits.
  • HCFANY Released Story Book Showcasing Individuals Benefitting from the ACA

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    Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) released an e-book of stories, Health Reform Works: How the Affordable Care Act is Already Making a Difference for New Yorkers, detailing how the ACA has benefitted individuals with pre-existing conditions, small businesses, seniors and youth as well as buttressed and expanded the consumer assistance infrastructure. They also issued a press release announcing the publication.

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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!