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!

  

  • NHeLP Comments on House Passage of CHIP Reauthorization

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) issued a press release after the House of Representatives passed HR 2, which would reauthorize CHIP for two years. The release lauds the passage of the bill but cites concerns that the bill includes the Hyde Amendment that would severely limit federal funding for abortions. Elizabeth G. Taylor, executive director for NHeLP, stated, “[w]e hope that this bipartisan two-year extension is the start of a longer conversation about protecting CHIP and moving forward to fully fund the program for four more years.”

  • NHeLP Issues Statement on Medicaid Reimbursment Rate Supreme Court Decision

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program (NHeLP) issued a press release strongly disagreeing with the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Armstrong v. Exceptional Child. In Armstrong, Medicaid providers sued Idaho after the State failed to raise reimbursement rates to levels suggested by federal Medicaid statute. The Court ultimately ruled that private parties cannot sue to enforce Medicaid rate setting, citing the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause. Jane Perkins, legal director for NHeLP, stated, “[t]oday's decision ignores hundreds of Supreme Court cases, dating from the early 1800s, which have recognized the ability of private parties to bring Supremacy Clause suits in federal court to stop state officials from implementing state laws that violate a federal law or the Constitution.”

  • The Children’s Movement of Florida Highlighted in Associated Press Article

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    FL: The Children’s Movement of Florida was highlighted in an Associated Press article about its advocacy efforts on behalf of children. The organization is strongly supporting a bill that would remove a five-year waiting period for health insurance for Floridian children in immigrant families with incomes up to twice the poverty level, which was eliminated at the federal level in 2009. The bill has not yet reached the floor of either the state Senate or the House, but is estimated to cover over 25,000 children. Vance Aloupis, director of the Children’s Movement of Florida, stated, “[e]very year we drag our feet, a child get a year older.”

  • 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.

  • New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty Calls on Senators to Support CHIP Reauthorization

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    NM: The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty urged its members to call on Senators Heinrich and Udall to support HR 2, which proposed CHIP reauthorization for two years. The Center noted that more than 9,000 children in New Mexico relied on CHIP in 2013 and that the State could lose up to $24 million in federal funds if CHIP funding lapses.

  • 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.

  • MomsRising Voices Support for Local Governments’ Commitment to Reducing Number of Uninsured

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    MomsRising: MomsRising blogged about the efforts of the mayors and city governments of Hattiesburg, Mississippi and Dallas, Texas to reduce the number of uninsured children in their respective cities. Hattiesburg recently received a National League of Cities’ E³ Health Initiative grant to enroll over 6,000 eligible, but uninsured, children and families in Medicaid and CHIP. In addition, Momsrising will deliver a giant thank you card to Dallas Mayor Rawlings in appreciation of his work to decrease the number of uninsured children.

  • CCF Discusses CHIP on CSPAN

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    CCF: Elisabeth Wright Burak, senior program director at the Georgetown Center for Children and Families, discussed CHIP during her appearance on CSPAN’s Washington Journal. Ms. Burak reviewed the importance of CHIP with callers from around the country.

  • 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.

  • KidsWell Partners Call on Congress to Renew CHIP Funding

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    MomsRising, FL, NY: Kidswell partners across the country called on the U.S. House of Representatives to vote in support of  HR 2, a bi-partisan bill that would extend CHIP funding for two years. MomsRising circulated an open letter calling on Congress to pass HR 2 and keep key improvements to the program’s eligibility and enrollment. In addition, The Children’s Trust, Health Care for All New York, and the Center for Public Policy Priorities encouraged their partners to call their Representatives and urge them to support the bill.

     

  • 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.”

  • CPPP Releases County-Specific Coverage Expansion Fact Sheets

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    TX: The Center for Public Policy Priorities, with the support of Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, published fact sheets on the impact that coverage expansion would have on each county in Texas. The fact sheets discuss how many local jobs would be created and money saved if Texas chose to expand Medicaid. The fact sheets also illustrate the coverage gap’s statewide impact, including that Texas taxpayers currently spend $4.4 billion to care for the state’s uninsured.

  • First Focus Publishes Analysis of Federal Budget Resolutions

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    First Focus: First Focus published a fact sheet analyzing the budget resolutions released by the House and Senate Budget Committees, focusing on programs that impact children. The House Budget would merge CHIP into Medicaid and repeal Medicaid expansion, which could leave as many as 14 million people without coverage. The Senate Budget offers fewer details but proposes to cut Medicaid by $400 billion.

  • 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.

  • HCFANY To Host Budget Briefing Call

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    NY: On March 20th, Health Care for All New York (HCFANY) will host a conference call discussing the State Legislature’s budget proposals. The call will include a discussion of HCFANY’s budget priorities and advocacy tips.  Registration is available now.
  • 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.

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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!