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!

  

  • Undeterred and Newly Insured: KidsWell TX Grantees Highlight Texans Pursuit for Health Insurance Coverage

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    TX: Clayton Travis, the Hogg Foundation Mental Health Policy Fellow for Texans Care for Children, wrote a blog post highlighting one Texan’s quest to enroll in health insurance coverage and providing uninsured Texans with enrollment guidance. 

  • What's Your Story? Florida CHAIN Co-Sponsored Success Story Call

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    FL: To encourage Marketplace enrollment, Florida CHAIN co-sponsored a call with consumers and health care advocates to share recent Marketplace enrollees’ success stories and information about applying and enrolling in coverage before January 1, 2014.
  • First Focus and MomsRising Hold Briefing on How Public Views Investments in Children

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    First Focus & MomsRising: First Focus and MomsRising will hold a Congressional briefing on December 18th sponsored by Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) to review data on the public’s perception of investments in children. At the hearing, two mothers will share personal stories of how their families have benefited from the ACA.   Registration is now available.  

  • Story Collection Alert! MomsRising Asks About Shopping Experiences on Healthcare.gov

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    MomsRising: MomsRising is asking Healthcare.gov users to share their shopping experiences. One user was happily surprised with the experience, stating: “I honestly didn’t know what to expect, but when I got to healthcare.gov it turned out to be very user friendly and it only took me 30 to 40 minutes to sign-up. And that’s because I was taking my time.”

  • Am I Eligible? Florida Chain Published Flyer on Marketplaces

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    FL: Florida CHAIN released a flyer to help individuals and families determine whether they are eligible for health insurance through the health insurance Marketplace. Florida CHAIN and Health Care for Florida Now also released videos featuring uninsured Floridians who will benefit from the ACA. 

  • Children Now Testified on Healthy Families Transition to Medi-Cal

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    CA: Dr. Ben Rubin, a Health Policy Associate with Children Now, testified before the California Assembly Health Committee on the oversight of Medi-Cal for children, and the future of the Healthy Families Advisory Panel in the context of the transfer of Health Families enrollees to Medi-Cal. Dr. Rubin outlined the need for children and families to have a voice in the transition and proposed the Healthy Families Advisory Panel is well positioned to provide that voice. Children Now also helped a mother of children who transitioned to Medi-Cal from Healthy Families testify about her difficult experiences with the system.
  • CDF-TX Publishes Multi-Faith Outreach Toolkit

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    TX: The Children’s Defense Fund – Texas (CDF-TX) published a multi-faith outreach toolkit for Texas Faith Communities titled In Pursuit of Justice for Texas Children. The toolkit includes key facts about children’s health in Texas, a state where 1.2 million children are uninsured and more than half of these children are eligible for coverage. The toolkit features resources to help congregations spread the word about children’s health coverage, including sample success stories, newsletter articles, bulletins, and social media posts. The toolkit’s Welcome Letter highlights that the communities’ “faiths call on us to help the least among us, and especially to protect children.”
  • NAM Published Articles on How ACA Affects Immigrants and the Uninsured

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    NAM: New America Media recently published three articles on how the ACA affects immigrants, specifically undocumented parents with U.S. born childrenDeferred Action for Childhood Arrival Program recipients and uninsured children. The articles include personal stories highlighting struggles in obtaining health insurance and how the ACA will help them gain access to coverage.
  • MomsRising and TWAH Published Marketing Materials on Benefits of ACA for Texans

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    MomsRising and TX: MomsRising, in collaboration with KidsWell Texas, also posted The ACA is Here to Stay: 4 Ways That’s a Beautiful Thing, highlighting that 44% of Americans are unaware the ACA is in effect and even fewer Texans understand how they will benefit from the law. The post features marketing materials developed by Texas Well and Healthy identifying four ways the ACA is helping Texans. Tune in for more blog posts from the Center for Public Policy Priorities in September!
  • MomsRising Published Blog Posts on the ACA

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    MomsRising, FL & TX: MomsRising published blog posts in collaboration with their Florida members on the benefits of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Girls Deserve More Options to be Healthy focuses on how the ACA addresses the unique needs of women, including providing preventive care services.  I Was Uninsured for 10 Years features a story about a woman who was uninsured for most of her twenties, the experiences she had, and how women will benefit from the ACA.
  • Florida CHAIN Launches New Online Story Bank Portal!

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    FL: Florida CHAIN launched a new, anonymous online story bank portal to help track successes and challenges around health care reform. The story bank is just one of Florida CHAIN’s efforts toward ensuring everyone has access to quality, affordable health care.
  • MomsRising Featured as a Guest during HHS First Google Hangout

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    MomsRising: On July 19th Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, Executive Director of MomsRising, was featured as guest during the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ HealthCare.gov Google Hangout. The hangout streamed a live conversation about new resources available on www.HealthCare.gov and the new Health Insurance Marketplace call center.

     

    MomsRising also held its #Wellness Wednesday chat on Twitter with Enroll America’s Get Covered America campaign. The chat focused on personal stories of what health care coverage means to women and their families.

  • 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.
  • Call to Action! NCLR Announces Story Campaign on Immigration Reform

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    NCLR: In response to the introduction of a proposed immigration reform bill by the U.S. Senate, the National Council of La Raza issued a call to action requesting the submission of stories about why individuals and communities want immigration reform to pass this year.

     

  • Action Alert! Florida CHAIN Works to Expand Coverage to Low-Income Floridians

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    FL: Florida CHAIN released a call to action requesting that individuals contact their state representatives and urge them to support expanding coverage to low-income Floridians. Florida CHAIN also released two videos of an uninsured father of three who would benefit from the expansion and a woman who has been uninsured for over seven years, asking supporters to submit stories about how the Healthy Florida Plan would benefit their communities and families. They announced a series of vigils to be held in support of Floridians who need healthcare and Leah Barber-Heinz, Communications Director, published a post in CCF’s Say Ahhh! Blog about how Florida’s decision to accept federal funding to expand Medicaid will impact employers.

  • Call to Action! NCLR Announces Story Campaign on Immigration Reform

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    NCLR: In response to the introduction of a proposed immigration reform bill by the U.S. Senate, the National Council of La Raza issued a call to action requesting the submission of stories about why individuals and communities want immigration reform to pass this year.

     

  • First Focus Says, "Protect Children from Sequestration!"

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    First Focus: First Focus issued a call to action requesting individuals to submit stories of how the sequestration will affect children they know; and submit letters to congress telling their representatives that “cutting kids is unacceptable” and request that children be protected.
  • Story Alert! Preventative Services Benefiting Young Women

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    NY: Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) published a blog post highlighting a woman in her early 20s who is benefiting from the ACA’s provision that requires all new insurance plans to cover key preventative care for women without copays. 

     

  • MomsRising Asked Folks to Tell Their Representatives Why Medicaid Matters for Children and Families!

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    MomsRising: MomsRising issued a call to action encouraging individuals to send a letter to Congress asking them to protect critically important programs such as Medicaid, to continue to strengthen families and the national economy.
  • Texas Well and Healthy Released Campaign to Promote Advocacy for Healthcare Coverage

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    Texas Well and Healthy released a campaign to find partners who would be interested in story collection efforts for the advocacy of healthcare coverage for Texans in the upcoming legislative session.

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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!