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!

  

  • CCF Publishes Consumer Assisters FAQ

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families published a list of the most complicated and most frequently asked questions (FAQs) received while providing technical assistance to navigators and application assisters in five states during the 2015 Open Enrollment Period. The twelve question FAQ coalesced around four major topics: eligibility; tax filing; immigration status; and minimum essential coverage.

  • HCFANY Releases Story Booklet Highlighting ACA Open Enrollment Successes

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    NY: Health Care for All New York released a booklet of stories from real New Yorkers on how the ACA has positively impacted their lives. The booklet features 12 stories from individuals across New York who enrolled in Qualified Health Plans (QHPs), Medicaid, CHIP, and small business plans during the first Open Enrollment Period.

  • NASHP to Host 2015 Open Enrollment Period Webinar

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    NASHP: On December 17th, The National Academy for State Health Policy will host a webinar on early experiences of states during the 2015 Open Enrollment Period. The webinar will be moderated by Jennifer Sullivan of Enroll America and will highlight states’ strategies and challenges and feature panelists from Idaho and Oklahoma. Registration is available now.

  • NHeLP Posts Webinar on Rules for MAGI Determination

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program released materials from a webinar it hosted as part of CMS’ navigator and assister training series. The webinar focuses on using Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) to calculate a consumer’s total household income for purposes of determining their eligibility for tax credits and subsidies for coverage purchased through a marketplace, as well as eligibility for Medicaid and CHIP.

  • NLCR Emphasizes Need for Effective Latino Outreach

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    NLCR: The National Council of La Raza issued a press release after it held a briefing to address the opportunities and challenges facing Latinos as they enroll in or renew health coverage under the ACA. The press release recommends that marketplaces make greater use of bilingual materials, increase the availability of navigators, and conduct extensive community outreach to improve Latino enrollment.

  • Texas Well and Healthy Blogs About Importance of Financial Assistance

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    TX: Texas Well and Healthy blogged about the importance of financial assistance in helping Texans afford health coverage. The blog notes that 84% of Texans who enrolled in the federally facilitated marketplace (FFM) received financial assistance and paid, on average, $72 per month for insurance, yet 53% of uninsured Americans are unaware that financial help is available through the FFM.

  • YI Announces ACA Enrollment College Tour

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    YI: Young Invincibles and the NAACP announced the Get H.Y.P.E. (Healthy Young People Everywhere) College Tour will host three special events at the University of Houston to empower students to get serious about their own health and enroll in the Marketplace. The announcement notes the Tour will feature fun activities, a press conference, and a Town Hall focused on the most pressing problems facing young people today.

  • Texas Well and Healthy Blogs About Positive Impact of In-Person Enrollment Assistance

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    TX: Texas Well and Healthy blogged about the efficacy of in-person enrollment assistance and high levels of consumer satisfaction with the process in Texas. The blog provides information about the different types of assistance available, how to find assistance, and how to become an in-person assister.

  • HCFANY Hosts Cultural Competency Webinar On Enrolling LGBT New Yorkers in Health Coverage

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    NY: Health Care for All New York’s LGBT Taskforce held a webinar on best practices for navigators and assistors to ensure cultural competency when helping LGBT New Yorkers enroll in health insurance. The webinar covered: specific health issues that LGBT applicants may face; how to deal with special enrollment issues for transgender applicants; and how an organization can be welcoming to LGBT applicants. Materials from the presentation are available.

  • Florida CHAIN Announces ACA-Focused Webinars

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    FL: Florida CHAIN will host a webinar series on ACA implementation for In-Person Assisters, consumers, providers, and other stakeholders throughout July. The webinars include: Special Enrollment Periods on July 10, Open Enrollment 2.0 with HHS on July 15, and Health Care Reform 101 on July 24. Registration is available now.  
  • HCFANY and SCAA Celebrated In-Person Assisters’ Impact

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    NY: Following the New York State of Health’s enrollment report release, Health Care For All New York (HCFANY) issued a press release highlighting the important role that in-person assistors played during the 2014 open enrollment period. Kate Breslin, president and chief executive officer for the Schulyer Center for Analysis and Advocacy, stated, “A strong network of about 9,000 in-person assistors - such as Navigators, Certified Application Counselors and brokers - helped nearly 50 percent of applicants enroll. The report shows how critical this assistance is, particularly for low-income consumers, as 59 percent of those enrolling in Medicaid got in-person help." 

  • NM Center on Law and Poverty Releases Report on Enrollment Barriers

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    NM: The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty and the Southwest Women’s Law Center co-authored a report  about the launch of New Mexico’s healthcare enrollment systems in October 2013.  The report highlights findings regarding enrollment barriers and makes recommendations to inform the development of a state level enrollment process with the goals of strengthening outreach, reducing enrollment barriers, increasing consumer affordability, and improving transparency on enrollment data.
  • 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.  

  • NASHP Releases Issue Brief on State-Federal Partnerships for Consumer Assistance

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) published an issue brief on states that are sharing consumer assistance responsibilities with the Federally facilitated Marketplace (FFM). The brief provides examples of states coordinating with the FFM in three areas: marketing and advertising; navigators and in-person assisters; and eligibility determination appeals.

  • 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.

  • 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.  

     

  • CPPP Submits Comments on Navigator Proposed Rule

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) submitted comments on the Texas Department of Insurance’s proposed rule on navigators.  CPPP’s concerns with the proposed rule include: the Department’s statutory authority to publish a rule; the fiscal impact on local governments; the reduction of navigator services resulting from excessive start-up and operating fees; and the March 1st implementation timeframe.  
  • NASHP Released New Resource on Consumer Assister Training Strategies

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) published a new resource reviewing federal training requirements for consumer assisters and highlighting four states’ efforts to ensure both Marketplace assisters and Medicaid eligibility workers receive training on all insurance affordability programs.  The brief emphasizes a two-prong training strategy to ensure consumers enroll in the most appropriate health coverage program.
  • CPPP Responds to Proposed Rule on Texas Navigators

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    CPPP:  The Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) published an issue brief analyzing the Texas Department of Insurance’s proposed rule on Navigators.  CPPP argues the rule would: prevent Navigators from assisting consumers compare benefits; suspend Navigator services on March 1, 2014; increase compliance fees for Navigators and Navigator organizations; and impose excessive training hours.  
  • Texas Well & Healthy Published Op-Ed on ACA Implementation and Navigators

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    TX: Texas Well & Healthy (TWAH) published an op-ed in the Austin American-Statesman in advance of a Congressional hearing in Dallas focused on ACA implementation and the role of Navigators. The op-ed highlights the moral and economic incentives to maximize children’s enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP. TWAH encouraged state leaders to minimize Navigator program restrictions in order to  decrease the number of uninsured children in the state.

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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!