National League of Cities

The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. In January 2000, NLC launched the Youth, Education and Families (YEF) Institute that helps municipal leaders take action on behalf of the children, youth and families in their communities. Working in partnership with 49 state municipal leagues, NLC serves as a national resource to and an advocate for the more than 19,000 cities, villages and towns it represents. The National League of Cities members are municipalities from across the country. A city or town joins NLC and the elected officials and staff participate in NLC's programs, activities and governance. State municipal leagues are also active members of NLC, guiding the organization's priorities and serving as an important link to cities in their state. And, NLC offers membership opportunities for members of the private and non-profit sector.

  • NLC to Host Webinar on Legislative Agenda and President’s Budget

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    NLC: On March 5th, The National League of Cities (NLC) will host a webinar to discuss President Obama’s proposed budget and its potential impact on cities. In addition, NLC will discuss its 2015 advocacy agenda. Registration is available now.

  • NLC To Host Webinar on New Advocacy Agenda

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    NLC: The National League of Cities will host a webinar introducing its 2015 advocacy agenda and reviewing President Obama’s budget on Tuesday, February 17. Registration is available now.

  • NHeLP Publishes Reproductive Health Coverage Issue Brief

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    NHeLP: The National Health Law Program published its fifth issue brief in a series on Medicaid Managed Care Model Provisions. The newest brief focus on access to reproductive health services and notes that although many women in Medicaid have reproductive health coverage, access to services is an issue  because many plans, providers, and facilities refuse to provide services based on religious or moral objections. The brief provides a number of recommendations that could address this issue.

  • NLC To Host Congressional City Conference

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    NLC: The National League of Cities will host more than 1,000 officials from cities and towns to discuss the organization’s priorities for federal action in 2015 on March 7th to 11th in Washington, D.C. Registration for the Congressional City Conference is available now.

  • NLC Stresses Health as a Local Priority at National Summit

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    NLC: Clarence Anthony, CEOand executive director of the National League of Cities, participated in Governing Magazine’s Health and Human Services Summit in Washington. The Summit provided an overview of what state and local governments foresee happening related to health and human services. Anthony stated, “[e]quity and access are central issues in improving the health of citizens in the U.S
  • NLC To Host Webinar on Connecting Children and Families to Health Insurance

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    NLC: The National League of Cities’ (NLC) Institute for Youth, Education and Families will host a webinar on July 29, 2014 about how city leaders can develop successful outreach and enrollment strategies.. The webinar will feature Chris Coleman, NLC President and Mayor of Saint Paul, MN; Cindy Mann, Deputy Administration of CMS; and Matt Buettgens from the Urban Institute. The webinar will also highlight the eight winners of NLC’s Cities Expanding Health Access for Children and Families initiative grants. Registration is available now.

  • NLC Awards Cities Expanding Health Access for Children and Families Initiative Grants

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    NLC: The National League of Cities awarded eight cities up to $260,000 and technical assistance to implement outreach campaigns directed at enrolling children and families into CHIP over the next 18 months. The grants are the third and final phase of the Cities Expanding Health Access for Children and Families initiative and were awarded to cities in three KidsWell states, including: Dallas, TX; Jacksonville, FL; Garden City, MI; Hattiesburg, MS; New Bedford, MA; Pittsburgh, PA; Providence, RI; and Savannah, GA.
  • NLC Shares Lessons from Cities Expanding Health Access for Children and Families Project

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    NLC: The National League of Cities (NLC) blogged about lessons learned from the Cities Expanding Health Access for Children and Families project’s six-month planning phase. The blog highlights lessons that may help city leaders with Medicaid and CHIP outreach and enrollment campaign planning. Lessons learned include: stakeholders are most motivated by the opportunity to create better health outcomes for kids; conducting market analyses are key to designing more effective campaigns; and incorporating campaign initiatives into existing community programs and systems will lead to increased sustainability. NLC will award implementation phase grants to six of the 12 cities that participated in the planning phase on July 14, 2014.   
  • Ten Big Ideas! NLC Blogs About Medicaid and CHIP Outreach and Enrollment Efforts

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    NLC: The National League of Cities (NLC) wrote a blog post highlighting ten ideas to help cities and local elected officials strengthen Medicaid and CHIP outreach and enrollment efforts. Some of these ideas include: using city proclamations to foster a culture of coverage; offering free access to community events to city residents with a Medicaid or CHIP card; hosting enrollment events in public spaces; and publicizing outreach by applying stickers and decals to municipal vehicles.

  • NLC Awarded 12 Cities Planning Grants for Health Benefit Outreach Campaigns

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    NLC: The National League of Cities awarded six-month planning grants to 12 cities to develop outreach campaigns aimed at enrolling eligible children and families in Medicaid and CHIP.  Among the awardees are four cities from three KidsWell states –Florida, Mississippi, and Texas.  The grantees will develop business plans to serve as blueprints for implementing their campaigns and, in 2014, six of the cities will receive additional funding.
  • Tweet Alert! National League of Cities Launched a Twitter Campaign on the Health Care for Children and Families Project

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    NLC: The National League of Cities’ Cities Expanding Access to Health Care for Children and Families project launched a Twitter handle. Get the latest updates at @NLCHealth!
  • NLC Announced Awardees for Leadership Academies on Expanding Coverage for Children and Families

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    NLC: On June 10th the National Leagues of Cities announced 22 cities were selected to participate in the regional leadership academies geared toward the development of outreach campaigns to connect children and families to coverage. Among the selected participants are nine cities from five of the KidsWell states – California, Florida, Maryland, Mississippi, and Texas. The leadership academies will be held on July 25-26 in Denver, Colorado and September 17-18 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Georgetown Center for Children and Families also published a post about the announcement on its Say Ahhh! Blog.
  • Governing.com Highlights NLC's Cities Expanding Children's Access to Health Care Initiative

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    NLC: National League of Cities was highlighted in Governing.com regarding the launch of their Cities Expanding Children’s Access to Health Care initiative. NLC’s three year initiative, funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies, will assist state officials and municipalities in increasing children’s enrollment in Medicaid and CHIP.  NLC released the RFP for applications from cities on March 18th and will accept applications until April 22nd.

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