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!

  

  • 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.

  • NHeLP Publishes Brief on Remaining Uninsured in California

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program, in partnership with the Western Center on Law and Poverty, published an issue brief on the remaining uninsured population in California. The brief explores the demographics of California’s “remaining uninsured”,  counties’ legal obligation to provide care for the uninsured, and funding sources for county-provided safety net care. The brief notes that millions of Californians remain uninsured and calls on counties to continue to invest in and explore new funding mechanisms for their respective safety net programs.

  • NHeLP Published E-Newsletter on Hospital Presumptive Eligibility

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) published the latest issue of Lessons from California, focusing on the ACA’s requirement to implement Hospital Presumptive Eligibility (HPE). As of January 2014, HPE allows uninsured individuals who may be eligible for Medicaid to apply at qualified hospitals and receive benefits for up to two months. In California, individuals were incorrectly being HPE because they were previously eligible for coverage and tax credits through Covered California. As a result of NHeLP and other advocates’ actions, CMS has required the state to submit a mitigation plan by the end of the year and develop a manual work around by April to re-determine eligibility for all those who were incorrectly denied HPE in the past.

  • Maryland Citizens’ Health Initiative Pens Letter to the Editor in Baltimore Sun

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    MD: Vincent Demarco, president of the Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative, wrote a letter to the editor in the Baltimore Sun highlighting some of the successes of the ACA and the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange. Mr. DeMarco points out that the ACA helped reduce the uninsured rate in Maryland from 12.9% to 7.3% and that hundreds of thousands of individuals have health coverage for the first time.

  • TCP Blogs about Five Years of the ACA in California

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    CA: The Children’s Partnership (TCP) blogged about the ACA’s impact on coverage in California in honor of the law’s fifth anniversary. Covered California is providing insurance for  1.8 million individuals, including over 100,000 children.   Medi-Cal added 2.7 million enrollees, including over 1 million children. While there is much to celebrate, an estimated 170,000 children in the State still lack insurance due to their immigration status and TCP supports the passage of SB 4, a Bill that would provide health care to all regardless of immigration status.

  • NHeLP Comments on ACA’s Fifth Anniversary

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) issued a press release on the fifth anniversary of the ACA’s enactment. The release highlights NHeLP’s work to support and defend the ACA over the past five years, including filing an amicus brief in the King v. Burwell Supreme Court case. Elizabeth G. Taylor, executive director for NHeLP, stated, “[f]or all those who have sought proof of the ACA's potential, look no further than the 16.4 million people who have gained health insurance as a result of the law.”

  • YI Creates Infographic on Need for Pregnancy SEP

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    YI: Young Adults published an infographic about the cost of being uninsured for expectant mothers as part of their push to create a pregnancy-triggered special enrollment period (SEP). The infographic explains that some expectant mothers may still be forced to pay out-of-pocket for health care because they may not have access to health coverage during pregnancy. In 2011, prenatal care and delivery for an uncomplicated birth averaged $20,000.

  • YI and HCFANY Blog About the ACA’s Fifth Anniversary

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    YI, NY: In honor of the ACA’s fifth anniversary, Young Invincibles (YI) and Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) blogged about five ways the ACA has changed health insurance for Millennials and New Yorkers, respectively. YI noted that 5.7 million young adults have gained coverage since the passage of the ACA and HFCANY highlighted that over 2.1 million New Yorkers have enrolled in coverage through the Marketplace since it launched in October 2013.
  • TCP Spreads the Word About New Dental Coverage for Children

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    CA: The Children’s Partnership (TCP) blogged about Covered California including dental coverage in all health plans offered through the exchange for the first time ever. The blog notes that all children enrolled in Medi-Cal or a Covered California health plan will now have dental coverage, meaning that that most children in the state should now have dental coverage. To help spread the word, TCP also prepared fact sheets for parents and providers.

  • 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.

  • Young Invincibles Continues Push for Access to Year-Round Maternity Care in State, National Media

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    YI: Young Invincibles (YI) continued their push to make pregnancy a qualifying life event that triggers a special enrollment period. YI’s worked was featured in articles published by the California Healthline and The New Yorker.

  • NASHP Issues Brief on State Options in the Wake of Supreme Court Case

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy published an issue brief exploring policy options for states pending the outcome of the King v. Burwell Supreme Court Case. The brief reviews other pending legislation and discusses different types of exchanges that states might explore should the Court rule in favor of the plaintiffs—state-based marketplaces, regional exchanges or call on Congress  to create an alternative approach. 

  • 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.

  • NHeLP Publishes Fact Sheet on EHB Updates

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program published a fact sheet on changes to the Essential Health Benefits (EHB) standard as outlined in HHS’s Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2016 final rule. The fact sheet reviews existing EHB rules and the new changes, including: the option for states to select a new base-benchmark plan for the 2017 plan year; a uniform definition of habilitative services; clarification on the age limit for pediatric services; and, the need to publish up-to-date and accurate lists of all covered drugs on its formulary. The fact sheet also highlights advocacy opportunities, where applicable.

  • KidsWell Partners Issue Press Releases Following King v. Burwell Oral Arguments

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    NASHP, NHeLP: The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) and the National Health Law Program (NHeLP) responded quickly to oral arguments in the King v. Burwell Supreme Court case. NASHP promised to continue to closely monitor the case, and Elizabeth G. Taylor, executive director of NHeLP, stated, “[the] arguments demonstrate how politically driven this attack on the Affordable Care Act is, and how divorced the challengers are from the lives of people relying on the health care made possible because of the law.”

  • NHeLP Publishes Newsletter on Advocates Success in Protecting Medicaid Benefits

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) published a newsletter examining advocates’ successful efforts to restore Medi-Cal coverage for tens of thousands of Californians. These individuals lost their coverage during the annual renewal process when the State incorrectly applied the modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) methodology to determine their eligibility. The newsletter explains that individuals over age 65 or with disabilities are not subject to the MAGI methodology established by the ACA. NHeLP is currently working with the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to ensure that non-MAGI eligible Medi-Cal beneficiaries do not have their eligibility terminated and that the correct rules and forms are applied for future renewal determinations.

  • HCFANY Blogs about King v. Burwell

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    NY: Health Care for All New York blogged about the beginning of the King v. Burwell Supreme Court case. The blog provides background on the case and notes that although the case does not directly impact New York because it operates a State-based Marketplace, the decision could impact the entire health care system.

  • Florida CHAIN to Host Discussion on King v. Burwell

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    FL: On March 11th, Florida CHAIN will host a call on the King v. Burwell Supreme Court case. The call will include background on the case and a recap of the arguments presented to the Court. Registration is available now.

  • YI Comments on Special Enrollment Window for Pregnant Women

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    YI: Young Invincibles (YI) issued a press release after 37 Senators called on the Administration to create a special enrollment period for pregnant women. Christina Postolowski, health policy manager for YI, stated, “We’re thrilled to see a growing chorus of leaders…call on the Administration to make maternity coverage available to pregnant women year-round. It’s unacceptable that pregnant women without maternity coverage could face more than $23,000 in medical costs – or worse, suffer severe health consequences or death.”

  • NASHP Blogs about Taxes and the ACA

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy blogged about the new ACA-related tax forms and filing requirements for individuals who purchased coverage through a marketplace and received financial assistance. The post and accompanying cheat sheet offer background on each of the new tax forms, who needs to file the forms, and consequences for incorrect filings. Uninsured individuals who missed open enrollment this year may still have a chance to sign up for coverage and avoid tax penalties in 2016 thanks to a special enrollment period recently enacted by some states and the Federally-facilitated Marketplace (FFM). 

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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!