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!

  

  • SCAA Testifies at State Budget Hearing

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    NY: The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy testified before the Joint Fiscal Committees during the Health/Medicaid budget hearing. The testimony addressed SCAA’s support of: an increased focus on children’s oral health; the Governor’s proposal to ensure the Exchange has a reliable funding source; and funding for a Basic Health Plan.

  • SCAA Reports on NY Budget Results

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    NY: Kate Breslin, president and CEO of the Schulyer Center for Analysis and Advocacy, published a blog post on New York’s final budget, highlighting the health coverage improvements.  The final budget includes provisions to: move forward with the Basic Health Program; protect consumers from out-of-network bills; and implement “aid continuing” protections for Medicaid managed care members appealing a denial of services.
  • HCFANY Makes Final Advocacy Push for NY State Budget Priorities

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    NY: Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) blogged about its final advocacy push to include the Basic Health Program (BHP), consumer protections from out-of-network medical bills, and consumer assistance program funding in the NY state budget.  HCFANY also published a policy brief and placed newspaper advertisements supporting the BHP as part of its efforts. 

  • SCAA Compares NY’s Executive and Legislative Budgets

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    NY: The Schulyer Center for Analysis and Advocacy (SCAA) released a news blast comparing New York’s Executive and Legislative budget proposals against SCAA’s policy priorities.  

  • NM Center on Law and Poverty Advocates for Basic Health Program Study

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    NM: The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty (NMCLP) advocated for Governor Martinez to preserve funding in the state’s budget bill to study the Basic Health Program (BHP). NMCLP encouraged stakeholders to call the Governor to ensure the funding is not line-item vetoed. 

  • The Children’s Movement of CA Spreads the Word About Home Visiting Programs

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    CA: The Children’s Movement of California hosted a National Day of Action on March 12, 2014 to support the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting program (MIECHV). During the Day of Action, The Children’s Movement of California encouraged Congressional outreach, provided sample messaging, and published an infographic advocating for continued federal funding of the program.   

  • HCFANY Hosted Budget Advocacy Day To Support Health Coverage

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    NY: Health Care For All New York hosted a budget advocacy day on March 3, 2014.  Attendees visited with state legislative leaders and advocated for the Basic Health Program, consumer protections, and consumer assistance programs in the final 2014-2015 New York budget. 

  • Sign Up Here! HCFANY Releases Sign-On Letter in Support of New York’s Budget

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    NY: Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) wrote an organizational sign-on letter urging the State Legislature to adopt provisions in Governor Cuomo’s 2014-2015 Executive Budget that impact consumers’ health including: the Basic Health Program; out-of-network protections; and support for consumer assistance programs. Organizations must sign-on to the letter by February 26, 2014.

  • HCFANY To Host Webinar on 2014 Legislative Priorities

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    NY: Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) will host a webinar on February 19, 2014 to discuss key provisions of Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget and HCFANY’s 2014 legislative priorities.  The webinar will highlight HCFANY’s advocacy strategy for the Basic Health Program and out-of-network consumer protections. Registration is available now.

  • HCFANY Submits Testimony On NY Executive Budget

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    NY: Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) submitted testimony on Governor Cuomo’s 2014-2015 proposed state budget. HCFANY supports the proposed inclusion of: the Basic Health Program; adequate provider networks; and support for consumer assistance programs.  HCFANY opposes the elimination of spousal and parental refusal for certain Medicaid enrollees and a repeal of “prescriber prevails” in which the prescriber may override a managed care formulary or plan preferred drug.    
  • SCAA President Testified in Support of Priorities Included in New York’s Proposed Budget

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    NY:  Kate Breslin, president and CEO for the Schuyler Center for Advocacy and Analysis (SCAA), testified  before the Joint Fiscal Committees on New York’s proposed executive budget. Breslin urged the Legislature to support: the Basic Health Program; consumer assistance programs; protections against out-of-network medical bills; and the elimination of Child Health Plus waiting periods. 

  • SCAA Releases Brief Highlighting Intersection of Priorities and NY Budget

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    NY: The Schuyler Center for Advocacy and Analysis (SCAA) released a news blast reviewing  the intersection of Governor Cuomo’s 2014-2015 budget proposal and SCAA’s policy priorities. The analysis highlights the budget’s inclusion of the following health initiatives: language authorizing the Basic Health Program; protections against out-of-network medical bills; and funding for consumer assistance and the transition of foster care youth to Medicaid managed care, among other areas. 

  • HCFANY Applauds Governor Cuomo’s 2014-2015 Budget

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    NY: Health Care for All New York (HCFANY) released a statement applauding Governor Cuomo’s 2014-2015 budget proposal for including the following priority areas: increasing affordable health insurance options by authorizing the Basic Health Program; ensuring adequate provider networks; and supporting consumer assistance programs.  

  • Health Care for All New York To Host 2014 Annual Meeting

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    NY: Health Care for All New York (HCFANY) will host its 2014 Annual Meeting on January 9, 2014. The meeting will discuss how the ACA is affecting New Yorkers and HCFANY’s plans to address critical health care issues during the upcoming legislative session.  Registration and the meeting agenda are available now.

  • KidsWell NY Held Children, Youth & Families Task Force December Meeting

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    NY: The Children, Youth and Families Task Force, organized by KidsWell New York, held a meeting on December 11th to review an update on the state’s implementation activities. The meeting discussed public programs and the transition to the Marketplace, the continuum of coverage for low-income families,and school-based health centers.  

  • Children Now and The Children’s Partnership Urged Inclusion of Pediatric Dental Plans in Exchange Insurance Products

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    CA: Children Now and The Children’s Partnership issued a statement urging the Board of Covered California (California’s Exchange) to request bids from health plans for embedded pediatric dental plans to be included in the new Covered California marketplace as soon as possible. Currently, pediatric dental benefits will only be offered as stand-alone plans, requiring families to purchase two separate plans. 
  • SCAA Publishes an Overview of the 2013-14 NYS Budget

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    NY: The Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy published an overview of the New York State 2013-14 budget that the Legislature passed on March 28th. The budget included provisions to assist the state in implementing the ACA, including: premium assistance for individuals eligible for Family Health Plus; consumer protections relating to individuals with out-of-network coverage and the Navigator program; the development of a workgroup to study a basic health program; and consumer assistance funding for Community Health Advocates. 
  • Hooray! HCFANY Reports that NY Budget Includes Important Consumer Protections

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    NY: Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) published a blog post highlighting the various insurance consumer protections that were included in the 2013-14 FY Budget deal, including: co-premium assistance; out-of-network coverage protections; the establishment of a workgroup to study whether New York should adopt a Basic Health Plan; consumer assistance programs in the Exchange (e.g., Navigators and Community Health Advocates); and keeping optional benefits in the Medicaid program.

     

  • HCFANY to New York: ‘Say Yes to the Basic Health Plan Option!’ Find Out Why in This Policy Brief!

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    NY: Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) published a policy brief providing an overview, options and recommendations on why the state should offer a BHP.

     

  • Can a Basic Health Plan Solve the Coverage Affordability Problem in New Mexico? New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty's New Report Gives Us the Scoop!

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    NM: The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty issued a report, at the request of the New Mexico Legislative Finance Committee, providing an overview and recommendations on a BHP.

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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!