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!

  

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • TCP Pens Dental Coverage Piece for the Huffington Post

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    CA: Wendy Lazarus, founder and co-president of The Children’s Partnership (TCP), and Jenny Kattlove, senior director of programs for TCP, co-authored an article in the Huffington Post on the state of children’s dental care in California. The article explains that California kids enrolled in either Covered California or Medi-Cal have guaranteed coverage for dental service, but notes that guaranteed coverage does not necessarily translate to accessing dental care. The authors call on the state to increase reimbursement rates and continue to explore innovative solutions like the Virtual Dental Home to ensure all children receive the dental care they need.

  • CCF Updates Brief on Waiting Periods for Children

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center for Children and Families updated a policy brief on CHIP waiting periods for children who were previously insured. The brief found that 20 states eliminated their waiting periods and 7 states lowered their waiting periods to 90 days or less as a result of ACA-related regulations. The policy brief highlights the impact of waiting periods on health coverage, costs, and administrative efficiencies.   

  • NASHP Updates Marketplace Renewal Strategies Chart

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    NASHP: The National Academy for State Health Policy updated its marketplace renewal strategies chart. The chart includes a breakdown of each state’s processes for Marketplace renewals including whether the Marketplace will auto-renew Qualified Health Plans, the approach to tax subsidy redeterminations are, and consumer communications to assist with renewal.

  • Florida CHAIN Blogs About Misleading Reports of Premium Increases

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    FL: Florida CHAIN blogged about the fact that most consumer can purchase health coverage for the same or lower premiums as they did in 2014, despite many reports that premiums have increased. The blog attributes confusion to the complexity of how consumers pay for coverage with Premium Tax Credits. Florida CHAIN is urging all Marketplace customers to compare plans during Open Enrollment.

  • NHeLP Comments on CMS Draft Letter

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program submitted comments to CMS on the “Draft 2016 Letter to Issuers in the Federally-facilitated Marketplaces.” The comments expand on those already submitted to HHS in November 2014 and include specific comments on: network adequacy; provider directory links; essential community providers; accreditation; patient safety standards; discriminatory benefit design; prescription drugs; QHP performance and oversight; and consumer support.

  • NHeLP Publishes Summary of 2014 ACA Litigation

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program published an issue of Health Advocate that provides a summary of significant ACA-related cases in 2014. The e-newsletter examines cases that directly challenge: the ACA; coverage of reproductive health services; Medicaid maintenance of effort requirement; and preemption.

  • KidsWell Partners Respond to MACPAC Request on Future of Children’s Health Coverage

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    CCF, CDF, First Focus, NHeLP, CA: 49 groups, including KidsWell Partners Children’s Defense Fund, The Children’s Partnership, First Focus, the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, and the National Health Law Program, responded to a MACPAC request about how to improve Marketplace coverage for children. The letter advocates for the Commission to recognize the foundational role of Medicaid and CHIP and discusses: affordability of coverage; adequacy of covered benefits; network adequacy; and transitions between Medicaid, CHIP, Marketplaces, and employer sponsored insurance.

  • NHeLP Comments on HHS Proposed Rule

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Review Program (NHeLP) submitted comments to HHS on the proposed rule “Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2016.” The proposed rule  outlines changes to annual and special enrollment periods, essential health benefits, consumer assistance, and network adequacy. NHeLP’s comments support many of the proposed rule’s provisions that would improve access to coverage for vulnerable individuals and make recommendations on how to improve the rule.

  • Children Now Works with San Jose Mercury News Staff to Publish CHIP Editorial

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    CA: Children Now worked with San Jose Mercury News staff to publish an editorial on CHIP. The editorial calls on Congress to consider the health of more than 6.6 million children and extend funding for the program as soon as possible.

  • Children Now Participates In MACPAC Expert Roundtable

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    CA: Mike Odeh, associate director of health policy for Children Now, was one of 15 invited participants at an expert roundtable on pediatric provider network adequacy hosted by the Medicaid and CHIP Payment Advisory Commission (MACPAC). Conversations from the December 1st event will help inform MACPAC as it considers CHIP’s future and how qualified health plans (QHPs) may provide children with adequate access to care. Mr. Odeh was the only consumer advocate representative on the roundtable.

  • NHeLP Publishes Comparison of Medi-Cal and Covered California Benefits

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program published a fact sheet comparing Medi-Cal benefits to Covered California’s essential health benefits (EHBs). The fact sheet provides an overview of services covered by each program, a list of differences, and considerations to keep in mind when comparing benefits.

  • 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.

  • NHeLP Publishes E-Newsletter on Open Enrollment

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program published an issue of Health Advocate focusing on challenges and concerns regarding the 2015 Open Enrollment Period. The newsletter acknowledges the enrollment process has advanced considerably since last year, but points to the shortened timeline and redetermination process as major concerns.

  • CCF Publishes Brief on Renewing Coverage in the FFM

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    CCF: The Georgetown Center on Children and Families published an issue brief that outlines the Federally Facilitated Marketplace’s renewal process. The brief notes that although most consumers can be auto-renewed in the same QHP without taking action, current enrollees are strongly encouraged to update their financial assistance eligibility information and review available QHPs during the 2015 Open Enrollment Period.

  • HCFANY Publishes Issue Brief Highlighting 2013-2014 Open Enrollment Period

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    NY: Health Care for All New York published an issue brief with highlights, key statistics, and consumer stories that illustrate the success of the 2013-2014 open enrollment period in New York. The issue brief also makes recommendations for enrolling all New Yorkers in coverage, including: making insurance more affordable, increasing outreach efforts to communities of color and immigrants, and continuing to improve access to providers. 

  • Children’s Movement of Florida Signs onto Letter Requesting Review of Florida’s EHB Package

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    FL: The Children’s Movement of Florida joined over two dozen organizations on a letter to Florida’s Insurance Commissioner requesting that a workgroup be convened to review Florida’s Essential Health Benefits (EHB) package. According to the letter, Florida defaulted to the generic EHB package established by the federal government in 2013. The proposed workgroup would review and recommend changes to the EHB package for the 2016 plan year.

  • NHeLP Publishes E-Newsletter on Alternative Benefit Plans

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program published an e-newsletter on Alternative Benefit Plans (ABPs) that must be offered to the newly eligible Medicaid expansion population. The e-newsletter, which compliments a fact sheet published last month, discusses how states decide what benefits to include in their ABPs, noting that 19 of 27 states that are expanding Medicaid have aligned ABP benefits with Medicaid state plan benefits. 

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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!