New America Media

New America Media is the country’s first and largest national collaboration of ethnic news organizations and is dedicated to developing multimedia content to better inform communities and influence policy makers. As part of the national KidsWell initiative, New America Media is working with KidsWell Partners to organize local ethnic media roundtables to provide information on the benefits of the ACA for children and families. See below more information about New America Media’s recent activities, accomplishments, and advocacy work and tools!

  • NAM and Texans Care for Children to Host Media Roundtable on Children’s Mental Health Care

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    NAM & TX: On March 12th, New American Media and Texans Care for Children will host a media roundtable about children’s mental health care in Houston. Representatives from the Mental Health Authority of Harris County and Texans Care for Children are scheduled to speak. Registration is available now.

  • New America Media Writes About Lack of Awareness of Florida’s CHIP Program

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    NAM: New America Media published an article about parents’ lack of awareness of KidsCare, Florida’s CHIP program. The article explains that although KidsCare covers about 2 million children in Florida, many families are completely unaware of the program. The article encourages people to call United Way’s 2-1-1 call center if they have questions about the program or enrollment.

  • NAM Publishes Q&A On Possible Supreme Court Case Repercussions

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    NAM: New American Media published a Q&A about the possible fallout of the Supreme Court’s decision in the King v. Burwell case. The Q&A provides background on the case and explains how a ruling in favor of the plaintiff could significantly impact low-income individuals who, as a result of the ruling, would find themselves in a coverage gap and without federal tax subsidies. 

  • 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.”

  • NAM Posts Q&A on Uninsured Hispanic Children Report

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    NAM, CCF: New American Media posted a Q&A with Sonya Schwartz, author of a study released by the Georgetown Center for Children and Families on the state of health coverage for Hispanic children. The Q&A covers: background issues; the large uninsured Hispanic child population in Texas; the future of children’s health programs; and available resources to families applying for coverage.

  • KidsWell Partners Publish Q&A About CHIP Renewal

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    First Focus, NAM: New American Media published a Q&A with Ed Walz, vice president of First Focus, about the future of CHIP and the likelihood of Congress acting to renew funding for the program. The Q&A provides background on the program, how it differs from ACA-provided coverage, and the consequences of failing to renew the program.

  • NAM Article Highlights Mental Health Needs Among NY’s Asian Americans

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    NAM & NY: New America Media published an article about mental health needs among New York’s Asian American community, highlighting the ACA’s expansion of mental health benefits.  Regarding the importance of expanded access to mental health services, Andrew Leonard, senior health policy associate for the Children’s Defense Fund—New York, noted that “the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community, historically, has had a lot higher rate of uninsured individuals as compared to the general population.”  Leonard also noted that an additional 20,000 Asian American children in New York City will gain coverage under the ACA, and by 2016, he estimated that over 2 million nationally would have access to care.
  • 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. 

  • NAM Publishes Articles Highlighting Medi-Cal

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    NAM: New American Media (NAM) published two articles on Medi-Cal: one article promotes   expedited Medi-Cal enrollment for participants in CalFresh (SNAP), and the second article spotlights stories of young adults who have new access to mental health services due to Medi-Cal expansion.  As part of the #FeelBetter campaign launch, NAM also released videos of youth sharing their stories about depression. 

  • NAM Published Articles on How ACA Affects Immigrants and the Uninsured

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    NAM: New America Media recently published three articles on how the ACA affects immigrants, specifically undocumented parents with U.S. born childrenDeferred Action for Childhood Arrival Program recipients and uninsured children. The articles include personal stories highlighting struggles in obtaining health insurance and how the ACA will help them gain access to coverage.
  • NAM & NY Held Two More ACA Ethnic Media Round Tables

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    NAM & NY: New American Media and KidsWell New York held ethnic media round table ACA press briefings in September in New York City and Buffalo. The Round Tables focused on the Exchanges, including what to expect during open enrollment and consumer assistance services. Presenters included representatives from the New York State Department of Health, Coalition for Asian American Children & Families, Raising Women’s Voices, the Children’s Defense Fund – New York and the Community Service Society of New York (CSS).   
  • Promoting Prevention through the ACA! New America Media Published Article on Asthma Preventive Coverage

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    NAM: In California’s Contra Costa County, New America Media reported that an estimated 191,000 children and adults have been diagnosed with asthma. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) new preventive services, such as Contra Costa’s first asthma treatment clinic, are going into effect to promote preventive care. “The new clinic aims to reduce the number of asthma patients using emergency rooms, by helping to develop consistent management plans and a more preventative approach, with an emphasis on self-management,” reported NAM.  
  • New America Media Published Article on ACA and Youth Coverage Gap

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    NAM: New America Media (NAM) published an article on a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ report highlighting that over 4 million uninsured adolescents will be eligible for coverage beginning January 1st – many of them Latino and African American.  NAM notes this is due to a number of provisions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including that all states are required cover children ages 6-18 in families with incomes up to 138% of the federal poverty level. Prior to the ACA, the national minimum eligibly level was 100%.
  • NAM Published Article on Florida's Continued Efforts to Expand Medicaid

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    NAM: New America Media (NAM) published an article highlighting KidsWell Florida’s continued efforts to expand Medicaid despite the legislature failing to pass a bill during the 2013 legislative session. The article highlights the advocates’ efforts working with communities and partners to build support within the legislature. When asked what people can do to help, Nicholas Duran of The Children’s Health Movement stated, “The answer is constituents going to their elected officials and letting them know how this policy impacts their lives. The people have to realize that their voice does count.” Leah Barber-Heinz of Florida CHAIN was also highlighted in the article, noting that the October 1st open enrollment period for Exchanges is “an ideal time to better inform the public about Medicaid expansion.”
  • Did You Know California is One of the Few States that a Provides Medicaid Coverage to Young Immigrants? Learn More from NAM!

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    NAM: New America Media published an article discussing coverage options for young immigrants in California who are recipients of the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In 2012 the federal government announced that DACA recipients were no longer eligible to receive health coverage from federal programs, including state Medicaid programs that received federal matching dollars.  In response to this decision a handful of states, including California, developed parallel Medicaid programs to provide coverage to these low-income immigrants; individuals may be eligible for the state-funded programs if they meet all of the eligibility criteria for the State’s regular Medicaid program. Tanaya Broder, Senior Attorney with the National Law Center, stated, “California was among a number of states with large immigrant populations that disagreed with the ban and opted to continue financing the health insurance program for low-income immigrants regardless of how long they had resided in the United States, provided they met all the eligibility criteria for regular Medi-Cal.” To date, 73,104 Californians have been awarded DACA status.  

     

  • NAM Highlights ACA Coverage Options for New Yorkers with Diabetes

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    NAM: New America Media published an article highlighting the high Diabetes-related mortality rates in New York City. Today, New Yorkers with Diabetes can access coverage under the New York Bridge Plan, developed in 2010 to provide services to high risk individuals including those with diabetes. The Bridge Plan will close on January 1, 2014 when the ACA is implemented and insurers will no longer be able to deny coverage or charge higher premiums to individuals with pre-existing conditions like Diabetes. New Yorkers will be able to purchase coverage through the state’s health insurance exchange, an online marketplace for health insurance.
  • NAM Published Article on Texas Advocates' Struggles on Urging the Legislature to Expand Medicaid

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    NAM: New America Media published an article discussing challenges facing Texas health care advocates as they work to expand Medicaid, the most significant of which are the Governor and legislature’s opposition. The article notes that because the Texas legislature meets on a bi-yearly schedule (every other year), the discussion on Medicaid expansion will not begin again until 2015. Bruce Lesley of First Focus and Anne Dunkelberg and Eva DeLuna Castro of the Center for Public Policy and Priorities were quoted in the article highlighting the need to continue to work to educate individuals on the benefits of expansion to build support. Ms. Dunkelburg was quoted saying, “I think it’s going to take continued pressure from the vast majority of Texans who favor Medicaid expansion – a higher level of engagement.” 

     

  • Action Alert! KidsWell California and New America Media Issues Call to Action and Holds Press Conference on Expanding Medi-Cal

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    CA & NAM: The 100% Campaign issued a call to action to urge Governor Jerry Brown to expand Medi-Cal to 1.4 million Californians, including over 500,000 parents. The call to action provided talking points for phone calls, emails, and Twitter & Facebook posts.  In addition, New America Media published an article on their briefing that featured Mike Odeh of Children Now, Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, and Anthony Wright of Health Access discussing how a delay in expanding Medi-Cal could affect low-income communities and children
  • NAM Interviewed CCF on How ACA will affect Access to Pediatric Dental Benefits

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    NAM: New America Media (NAM) interviewed Joe Touschner, Senior Health Policy Analyst at the Georgetown Center for Children and Families, about how the ACA will affect children and families’ access to pediatric dental benefits. Mr. Touschner discussed how the ACA made pediatric dental services part of the Essential Health Benefits that must be covered by individual and small group plans and that families without pediatric dental coverage may access stand-alone dental plans through the Exchanges. Additionally, Mr. Touschner spoke to concerns around maintaining access to pediatric benefits for California children being transferred from Healthy Families to Medi-Cal.
  • NAM Published Article on ACA Health Insurance Coverage Penalty

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    NAM: New America Media (NAM) published an article about the ACA’s individual mandate provision which implements a tax or “penalty” to individuals who do not obtain health insurance coverage by January 1, 2014. The article highlights how penalties will be determined and financial and non-financial exclusions under the law. The penalty for not obtaining minimum coverage will be $95 per adult or 1% of an adult’s income, whichever is greater; the maximum penalty for a family is $285.

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