Children Now

Children Now is the leading, nonpartisan, multi-issue research, policy development, and advocacy organization dedicated to promoting children's health and education in California and creating national media policies that support child development. The organization also leads The Children's Movement of California. See below for more information about Children Now’s recent activities, accomplishments, and advocacy work and tools!

  • California KidsWell Partners Comment on Governor’s Budget Proposal

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    CA: California KidsWell partners, Children Now, Children’s Defense Fund-CA, PICO California, and The Children’s Partnership, issued a press release along with two other statewide organizations on the governor’s proposed budget. The press release notes a missed opportunity to expand Medi-Cal coverage to immigrants newly eligible for “deferred action” status, disappointment in maintained cuts to Medi-Cal provider rates, and excitement for a proposal to expand a county pediatric palliative care pilot program. The organizations call on the Governor and Legislature to create a system that will truly cover all children in California regardless of income or immigration status.

  • Children Now Quoted on Pediatric Dental Care Program by San Francisco Chronicle

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    CA: Eileen Espejo, director of media and health policy for Children Now, was quoted in the San Francisco Chronicle’s article that Denti-Cal failed to provide adequate services for low-income children.  Ms. Espejo stated, “[r]eports like these are really saying we can’t be silent anymore. If a child is in pain, they’re not concentrating on lessons going on in school. We know the mouth cannot be separated from the body.”

  • 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.

  • KidsWell Partners Report and Comment on California’s Health for All Act

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    NAM, YI, CA: New American Media reported on the reintroduction of SB 4, the Health for All Act, which would guarantee all Californians access to health care, regardless of immigration status. California KidsWell partners Children Now, Children’s Defense Fund-California, PICO California, The Children’s Partnership, and Young Invincibles, signed onto a statement with other Californian advocacy groups praising Senator Lara’s actions. In addition, The Children’s Partnership issued a statement in which founder and co-president Wendy Lazarus stated, “[w]e stand with Senator Ricardo Lara and our partners to expand access to health coverage for all Californians, regardless of immigration status, in the coming year.”

  • California KidsWell Partners Applaud President Obama’s Executive Action

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    CA: The California Children’s Health Coverage Coalition, which includes KidsWell Partners Children Now, Children’s Defense Fund-California, and PICO California, issued a press release applauding President Obama’s Executive Action on immigration. The press release notes that nearly one in six children in California has an undocumented parent and that under California law, lawfully present, low-income immigrants are eligible for Medi-Cal. The Coalition is monitoring how the President’s action will impact current efforts in the state legislature to expand health coverage.
  • KidsWell Partners Featured in USA Today

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    CCF, CA, FL, TX: Four KidsWell partners were featured in a USA Today article exploring states that expanded Medicaid coverage for children but did not expand coverage for adults. Quoted in the article are Joan Alker, executive director for the Georgetown Center for Children and Families, Kelly Hardy, senior director of health policy for Children Now, Greg Mellowe, policy director for Florida CHAIN, and Anne Dunkelberg, associate director for the Center for Public Policy Priorities.

  • California KidsWell Partners Comment on Medi-Cal Managed Care Quality Strategy

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    CA: California KidsWell partners Children Now, Children’s Defense Fund – California, and The Children’s Partnership, the First 5 Association of California and the United Way Organizations of California sent a letter to DHCS commenting on the draft 2014 Annual Assessment of the Quality Strategy for Medi-Cal Managed Care. The letter notes that the draft strategy, required by the federal government, needs to focus more on children’s health care and pediatric quality indicators because children under 18 make up 62% of Medi-Cal Managed Care enrollees. 

  • California KidsWell Partners Advocate to Help Children and Families Maintain Medi-Cal Coverage

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    CA: KidsWell grantees, Children Now, PICO California, The Children’s Partnership, and Children’s Defense Fund – California, joined the California Coverage & Health Initiatives and the United Way of California on a statement advocating for Senate Bill (SB) 18. SB 18 would require the state to accept private foundation funds and matching federal funds to help children and families maintain their Medi-Cal coverage. The California Endowment has already offered $6 million which, should the bill become law, would be matched by $6 million in federal funds. The bill was passed by the Appropriations Committee and will now head to the Assembly floor.

  • California KidsWell Partners Circulate Advocate for the Renewal of CHIP Funding

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    CA: KidsWell California grantees, Children Now, PICO California, The Children’s Partnership, and the Children’s Defense Fund – California, wrote a memo to U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer as Congress considers renewing CHIP funding, which expires in 2015. The memo recommends that CHIP funding be renewed for at least four more years, supports and highlights the importance of the “CHIP bump” as an investment in children’s health care, highlights the renewal of CHIP funding as an opportunity to improve and realize program efficiencies, and calls for renewal as soon as possible.  

  • Kidswell Partners Support Bill to Strengthen Stakeholder Input for Children in Medi-Cal

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    MomsRising, CA: Over 50 organizations, including KidsWell grantees, MomsRising, Children Now, Children’s Defense Fund – California, PICO California, and The Children’s Partnership, signed onto a letter to the California Legislature strongly supporting the passage of AB 357 to modify the name, scope, and structure of the Healthy Families Advisory Panel. The letter strongly urges the legislature to support the bill as a way to ensure providers, families, and stakeholders representing enrollees have a voice to address issues affecting children in Medi-Cal.

  • Children Now Publishes Fact Sheet on Medi-Cal Enrollment

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    CA: Children Now published a fact sheet on Medi-cal enrollment, highlighting that over 9.1 million children were enrolled in Medi-cal in 2013. The fact sheet notes that children enrolled in Medi-Cal represent over 55% of California children and nearly a quarter of all Californians. 

  • California KidsWell Partners Issue Statement on Medi-Cal Coverage for Children with Autism

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    CA: KidsWell California grantees, Children Now, Children’s Defense Fund-California , PICO California, and The Children’s Partnership, joined California Coverage and Health Initiatives in a statement supporting California’s State Plan Amendment (SPA) that would make Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapy a covered benefit under  Medi-Cal. ABA therapy was previously covered for children with autism in the Healthy Families Program, but children lost this benefit when Healthy Families consolidated with Medi-Cal last year. The State will submit the SPA in September and coverage would be retroactive to July 1, 2014.

  • Children Now Spearheads Letter on Medi-Cal Performance Measures

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    CA: KidsWell grantees, Children Now and The Children’s Partnership, joined Help Me Grow California and the First 5 Association of California on a letter to the Department of Health Care Services calling for the addition of more child-focused quality measures to the 2015 Medi-Cal Performance Measures. The letter recommends: the addition of a number of CHIPRA core measures; further integration of medical and dental quality measurement activities; and clarification of opportunities for stakeholders to provide input on the development and refinement of the performance measures.

  • YI and Children’s Now Issue Statements on California Budget Agreement

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    YI & CA: Following the California Legislature’s passage of the 2014-2015 State budget, both Young Invincibles and Children Now issued statements expressing disappointment about the budget’s failure to address: Medi-Cal enrollment and retention; Medi-Cal provider rate cuts; funding for the Early Mental Health Initiative and Children’s Dental Disease Prevention Program; and coverage for undocumented Californians. 
  • Children Now Co-Sponsors Joint Resolution on Adverse Childhood Experiences

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    CA: Children Now co-sponsored a joint resolution (ACR 155) on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) (traumatic stressors in childhood) and toxic stress in early brain development.  The resolution is aimed at urging State legislators and the Governor to invest in preventive health care, mental health, and wellness interventions to reduce children’s exposure to and the impact from ACEs.
  • TCP and Children Now Blog about Measuring Access to Care in CA

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    CA: The Children’s Partnership and Children Now published a blog post on California’s progress in measuring access to care.  The blog, which follows an earlier post, highlights advocates’ ongoing efforts to help State policymakers understand whether and how consumers are receiving timely access to care.
  • Children Now Highlights Former Foster Youth Medi-Cal Enrollment Stories

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    CA: Children Now released videos highlighting the experiences of former foster youth enrolling in Medi-Cal.  

  • Children Now, NAM and TCP Advocate for CA’s Health For All Act

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    CA & NAM: Children Now joined advocates in Sacramento, California for a rally and Senate Health Committee (SHC) hearing on the Health For All Act (SB 1005), which would ensure access to health coverage for all California children and families (including undocumented residents).  New America Media published an article chronicling the legislation’s potential impact.  The  Act passed the SHC with a 6-1 vote and now moves to the appropriations committee.  Wendy Lazarus, founder and co-president of The Children’s Partnership, issued a statement commending the SHC’s vote. 

  • Children Now Released Medi-Cal PSA for Former Foster Youth

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    CA: Children Now released a YouTube Public Service Announcement to promote Medi-Cal coverage for former foster youth.

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