Posts for Children's Health

Black Maternal Health Week: A Call To Center Black Mamas, Black Maternal Health, Policies and Solutions

April 11-17 marks Black Maternal Health Week, which aims to amplify the voices of Black Mamas, women, families, and stakeholders and center the values and traditions of the reproductive and birth justice movements.

2021 State Victories for Undocumented Communities' Access to Health Care

In our latest case studies, we explore how state advocates sought to improve health coverage and access for immigrants in Illinois and Washington State between 2019 and 2021.

The ACA Has Boosted Oral Health Access, Now Let’s Keep the Progress Going

As we celebrate the 12th anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it’s worth reflecting on the ways in which this landmark law has advanced oral health equity and the ways in which we can build on this progress moving forward.

The Time is Now to Help Medicaid Enrollees Prepare for the End of the Public Health Emergency

Planning for the end of the public health emergency and what it means for people in their states.

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework Needs Build Back Better to Succeed

There are some exciting health-related provisions in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework that advocates can celebrate and utilize as we pivot to advocacy tactics that don’t rely on simultaneous passage.

We Need Action on Youth Mental Health and Substance Use

The American Academy of Pediatrics and other prominent health associations declared a national state of emergency in children’s mental health last week.

Building an Equitable Future for Children and Families: Key Policy Opportunities to Support Children’s Health and Well-Being

Congress must act now to make ARPA’s forward-minded solutions permanent and substantially decrease racial, social, and economic inequities.

The Moment is Now: Congress Must Take Steps to Address the Black Maternal Health Crisis

In collaboration with various organizations, this blog explains a new letter released by 200+ groups urging Congress to address the maternal health crisis in our country.

Linking Lack of Medicaid Expansion to Increased Medical Debt – An Unsurprising Connection, An Opportunity to Address It

In addition to missing out on the benefits of Medicaid, individuals in states that have not expanded Medicaid also suffer more financially and accrue more debt than their counterparts in expansion states.

Larger ACA Premium Subsidies Are Covering Millions More: Here’s How Congress Can Make Them Permanent

Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, more than 2 million people have signed up for ACA Coverage or Medicaid. Unfortunately, these changes expire in two years.

Momentum for Dental Coverage Grows with Proposed Medicaid Dental Benefit Act in Congress

Dental coverage is having a moment, both in state governments and at the federal level. This week, Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA-44) announced the introduction of a new bill, the Medicaid Dental Benefit Act.

Sens. Warnock, Ossoff & Baldwin Want to Close the Medicaid Gap, Congress Must Act

This week Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock released a legislative proposal with senators Ossoff and Baldwin to close the Medicaid coverage gap in states that have yet to adopt Medicaid expansion.

New Data: Medicaid Adult Dental Coverage is Wise Investment for Economic Recovery, Health

New data shows that extending comprehensive oral health coverage to all adults enrolled in Medicaid could save at least $273 million in overall health care spending.

Tax Credits: Important Pieces of the Recovery Puzzle

The Child Tax Credit, alongside enhanced Advance Premium Tax Credits, is a critical piece in the puzzle of affordable childcare and healthcare for all Americans.

Doggett Kicks off Legislative Efforts to Close the Medicaid Gap

We commend Rep. Doggett for his commitment to closing the Medicaid coverage gap, but we believe that this proposal could present challenges to the implementation of Medicaid expansion and leave consumers confused about who is covered.

Study after Study with the Same Results: Medicaid Expansion Is Good for States

Each week it seems like there is a new study that shows the benefits of expanding Medicaid – for both health and state budgets.

Possibilities On the Horizon: State Pathways to Health Care for Undocumented Communities

As we continue to wait and see what may happen on the federal level with legislative proposals such as the HEAL Act, states have stepped in to provide immigrant residents access to care.

2021 Black Maternal Health Week: New Opportunities to Take Action!

This week (April 11-17) marks Black Maternal Health Week, an annual event dedicated to highlighting the alarming statistics around Black maternal health and calling for policies that center birth and reproductive justice.

Stand Up for the Rights of Transgender Youth and Access to Gender-Affirming Care

While we work to improve services for our communities, conservative legislators in 20 states have introduced legislation to ban access to medically necessary, gender-affirming care for transgender and non-binary (TNB) youth.

It’s Far Past Time: New Medicaid Federal Funding Renews Urgency in Non-Expansion States

Medicaid expansion is an urgent issue of health and racial justice. If all 12 of the remaining states expand, 4 million more Americans will be eligible for health coverage, 60 percent of whom are people of color.

Oral Health is On the Agenda

The 117th Congress is in full swing and while all eyes have been focused on the recently enacted COVID-19 relief package, we have also seen lawmakers introduce a number of oral health related bills.

The American Rescue Plan: A Prescription for Child Health and Stability During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Last week the House voted to advance the American Rescue Plan Act sending the COVID-19 Relief package to the Senate. The $1.9 trillion relief package contains policies that seek to address the economic stability and health of people and communities,...

The House Takes a First Step to Improve Maternal Health – Let’s Keep Up the Momentum

The U.S. House of Representatives took an important step forward yesterday in addressing our nation’s maternal health crisis by suspending rules and passing the Helping Medicaid Offer Maternity Services (MOMS) Act, HR 4996. It was a historic bipartisan move, applauded...

On the Road for Expanding Medicaid Services in Schools

As students of all ages settle into their classes, Community Catalyst staff have been traveling across the country talking about Medicaid in K-12 schools.

The Health Care Repeal Lawsuit: Texas v. U.S. Harms Children & Families

The Health Care Repeal Lawsuit is an effort to take away health insurance coverage and consumer protections from millions of Americans. If the Texas coalition succeeds, the outcome would be devastating to children and their families.

One Rural Community’s Response to Supporting Whole Family Health

In a small rural town in Cleveland County, North Carolina, local organizations, families, and county decision makers worked collaboratively to launch a pilot telehealth program in their elementary school.

Proposal to Change Official Poverty Measure Endangers Health and Well-Being of Millions of Low-Income Americans

On May 7, the Trump administration launched yet another attack on low-income individuals. In a notice on the Federal Register, the administration proposed a change to the Census Bureau’s Official Poverty Measure (OPM) calculation that will effectively block millions of...

Infant Mortality: Transforming Awareness Into Action

Infant mortality awareness month is coming to a close, but the work to protect infants and their families must continue. As many are acutely aware, infant mortality is an ongoing crisis in this country and disproportionately affects Black families. The...

Ready, Set, Learn: Ensuring Children Are School Ready

Children do not leave their health care needs at the school’s front door: those health care needs and children’s access to services impact their educational outcomes and long-term health.

Community Health Workers Provide an Important Service - Now Let’s Get Them Sustainable Funding!

Recently, a woman came to the Hispanic Health Council (HCC) seeking help with housing. It was only during the visit that Maria, a Community Health Worker (CHW) who works with pregnant and postpartum women at HHC, learned that the woman...

CMS Urges States to Pay for the Dental Services Kids Need

Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an informational bulletin underscoring the link between oral and overall health and the importance of dental care for children with Medicaid coverage. This bulletin recognizes the pitfalls of...

Rule Threatens Coverage of Critical Women’s Health Services

Before the Affordable Care Act (ACA), only 12 percent of individual health insurance plans covered maternity care.

Bipartisan Opioid Bill Supports Trauma-Informed Approach for Children and Families

In recent good news, the opioid bill that is garnering wide bipartisan support has multiple provisions that address childhood trauma and provide support for impacted children and families. Last week, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee unanimously...

It Is Time To Get REL!

Connecticut advocates push for improved racial, ethnic and language data While the federal landscape continues to hold our attention as threats to public health and coverage programs continue to surface and evolve, state-level advocates are busy advancing agendas that inform...

Zombie Graham-Cassidy Bill Detracts from Bipartisan Efforts to Support Children’s Health

While Senators Hatch (R-UT) and Wyden (D-OR) are working on bipartisan solutions that support children’s access to health insurance, Senators Graham (R-SC) and Cassidy (R-LA) are throwing their energy into bringing Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal back from the dead....

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS): MA Taskforce Report Offers Path to Advancing Parent and Infant Health

The rise in opioid misuse has continued to receive attention across the country, and only more urgently in recent months as Republicans continue to press forward toward a repeal of the ACA with a disastrous replacement bill

Social Determinants and Sun Drop in Small Town North Carolina

In step with this broader understanding of how social determinants influence health equity, Community Catalyst’s Children’s Health Initiative recently launched a new project, Partnering for Community Health.

GOP Repeal Bill Goes from Awful to Worse in Harming Kids

In the middle of the night, in an effort to save their flawed health care bill, Republicans released a number of amendments to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) that would dramatically impact the ability of low-income children, including millions...

Top 5 Reasons the House GOP Bill to Repeal the ACA is Bad for Children and Families

The GOP Health Care Repeal Bill will negatively impact millions, but low-income kids, working families and communities of color will be hit particularly hard.

Call to Action: Creating Cycles of Opportunity Through ACEs Screening

Amidst the noise of the national political landscape, it is important to remind ourselves that February is Black History Month. While this month serves to celebrate the accomplishments of black people in America, it is also a reminder of how...

For More than 73 Million People, It Is Critical that We Protect Medicaid and CHIP

73 million. 73 million. This is the number of people who rely on Medicaid for their health coverage - and almost half of them are children. It’s the number that stands out on the screen as we read Kaiser Health...

A Nurse in EVERY School

While school nurses have long been recognized for their vital role in supporting children’s educational success through better health, there is increasing recognition that school nurses are integral to reforming our health care delivery system. School nurses are the eyes...

Health and Housing: The Benefits and Pitfalls of Partnerships

We know that as the energy in the health care world turns to reinventing health care delivery systems, social and economic determinants of health and the role they play in community health are front and center. Studies have uniformly shown...

Punishment of Pregnant Women With Substance Use Issues Harms Parents and Children - So Why Do So Many States Allow It?

The third in our National Minority Health Month blog series. In 2014, Tennessee became the first state in the country to pass a law making it a criminal offense to use drugs while pregnant. Now, two years later, the state...

Best Practices in Ensuring Health Coverage for All Children

Earlier this month, Florida joined 29 other states that offer Medicaid and CHIP coverage to children and pregnant women who legally reside in this country under five years. We, in Ohio, celebrate this monumental step with our friends in Florida....

New Tool to Improve Behavioral Health in Medicaid and CHIP

Finally we have the tools we need to ensure Medicaid appropriately serves behavioral health consumers.

Substance-Exposed Newborns: Looking at Substance Use Through a Two-Generation Lens

The recent rise in opioid use has received attention across the country, as lawmakers, advocates, and public health officials attempt to figure out the best way to address this crisis at the local, state and federal levels. As this issue...

U.S. Task Force Recognizes Critical Need to Address Maternal Depression

In late January, the United States Preventive Services Task Force released its final recommendation statement for adult depression screening.

Medicaid is Growing Up. It’s Time to Go to School.

Thanks to a clarification by CMS regarding the “free care” rule a little over a year ago, schools can be reimbursed for services provided to Medicaid-eligible students. This was a subject of a conference call and toolkit released earlier this...

New Report Highlights Progress, Room for Improvement in Health Coverage Gains for Hispanic Children

Last Friday, the Georgetown Center for Children and the National Council of La Raza co-released a report detailing recent gains in health coverage for Hispanic children. Among the key findings in the report is that the uninsured rate among Hispanic children dropped...

Arizona Kids are Falling Through the Cracks Without Active KidsCare Program

by Joe Fu, Children’s Action Alliance For the fifth year in a row, Arizona had the third highest child uninsured rate in the nation. In 2014, 10% of Arizona’s children were uninsured compared to about 6% nationally, according to a new...

Children in Foster Care Need More Holistic Health Care

Over the last few years, states have witnessed widespread failings within agencies charged with overseeing the well-being of children in foster care.

Marketplace-CHIP Comparability Study Is Out: Where Do We Go from Here?

Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, Health and Human Services (HHS) released the long awaited Certification of Comparability of Pediatric Coverage Offered by Qualified Health Plans.

Have You Checked Your State’s Essential Health Benefits Selection Lately? It’s Worth a Look.

This November, Maine is feeling thankful that the ACA is improving coverage for children and adults with autism.

Policy Prescriptions for Federal Child Nutrition Programs to Improve Child Health

Children need healthy food to learn, grow and thrive. Unfortunately, our researchers and pediatricians at Children’s HealthWatch encounter families every day struggling to afford enough food for all family members – a condition known as food insecurity.

Treating Maternal Depression: The Need for a Two-Generation Approach

A few weeks ago, the U.S. Preventive Service Task Force released a new proposal recommending that all women who are pregnant or within one year of giving birth be screened for depression.

We can reduce health disparities and ensure that ALL children have health coverage

Ensuring that families of all ethnic backgrounds access the health care they need to be healthy is one of the most important things we can do for our nation’s children.

Medicaid reform – A Tale of Two States

Medicaid provides health and financial security for millions of low-income, working Americans. Despite the fact that Medicaid is as efficient as (or even more efficient than) private insurance, it is often a target of state budget cuts.

Insurance coverage for parents and kids creates long-term success and health

The Institute for Research on Poverty released a new study that provides further confirmation that Medicaid and CHIP contribute to the long-term health and success of children

CHIP Success: Where Do We Go From Here?

Yesterday, we alerted our partners to the great news that the Senate had passed H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).

Continuing a Legacy of Children’s Coverage

The Senate must act quickly next week to extend CHIP and protect the coverage of 8 million children.

An Open Letter: Dear Governor, Protect Coverage

As you continue budget conversations with your state legislature, state consumer health advocates urge you to protect health insurance coverage programs that help consumers achieve financial stability and good health.

Happy Fifth Birthday, ACA!

The passage of the ACA was a monumental achievement for individuals and organizations across the country. We continue to be incredibly proud of all our state partners who have worked tirelessly to implement the law.

Moving CHIP Forward: Discussion Draft Demands Response

Yesterday, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Hatch (R-UT), House E&C Chairman Upton (R-MI), and Representative Pitts (R-PA) released a discussion draft that outlines their vision for the future of CHIP.

Telling the consumer assistance story: Evaluation of outreach and enrollment efforts

Health Care for All is strongly committed to outreach efforts across the state. As outreach workers, we often hear the question: “What strategy or activity is the most effective in enrolling folks in coverage?” The answer is: everything, all the time.

It’s a new year, so let’s renew our commitment to CHIP

With 2015 and the 114th Congress underway, it is time to get thinking seriously about the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). CHIP serves about 8 million kids nationally.

Cross-Post: Will dental therapists “change the world” (of U.S. dental care) in 2015?

Change is hard. Change takes time. Change is worth fighting for especially when it relates to improving access to oral health care.

Thanksgiving Reflections: Open Enrollment and Children's Health

As consumer health advocates celebrated Thanksgiving last week, we had much to be thankful for. As we ate our turkey, we were thankful not only for friends, family and good health, but also for millions of Americans enrolling in health coverage.

50 State Report: Let’s keep fighting for children’s coverage

Following years of decline, uninsurance rate for children are holding steady, according to a report that Georgetown Center for Children and Families released today. Their annual 50-state report provides a detailed picture of kids’ coverage at the state and national...

Kids Need More Than an Insurance Card

For many years, Health Care for All Massachusetts (HCFA) has focused on and prioritized children’s health coverage. In 1995, HCFA started the Children’s Health Access Coalition with the goal of making sure that all kids in Massachusetts had insurance. Today,...

From Connecticut to the Capitol: A Consumer Focus

As Kevin Counihan takes the reigns as the “Obamacare CEO” of and as we all gear up for open enrollment, Community Catalyst hopes that HealthCare.Gov will run as smoothly this year as AccessHealthCT did under Counihan’s leadership.

What does the Coverage Gap have to do with kids? A whole lot, it turns out.

Last week, Virginia’s General Assembly once again took up the issue of closing the coverage gap, and once again struck the measure down. The primary goal of last week’s special session was to discuss the closure of this gap: Governor...

Making Outreach and Enrollment Work for Former Foster Youth

As we gear up for the next open enrollment period, it’s worth revisiting the ACA’s provision for former foster youth. Thanks to the ACA, youth who age out of foster care are eligible for Medicaid up to age 26.

Take 2: Essential Health Benefits – Wait, didn’t we just do that?

As we enter the fall of 2014, the window of opportunity to influence what benefits are required in Marketplace plans is opening. While the essential health benefits (EHB) package is already set for 2015, advocates have the opportunity to influence...

Back-to-School Shopping List: Clothes, Schools Supplies and…Health Care Coverage

It's back to school season, we view this as a prime opportunity to work with other outreach and enrollment groups to maximize their participation at back-to-school events and help link families to health coverage.

A National Food Fight: Congress vs. Our Nation's Children

The House of Representatives was scheduled to vote on an agricultural appropriations bill that included a new waiver process allowing local school districts to opt-out of the new nutrition requirements enacted in the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act.

Medicaid and CHIP: Proven Tools to Reduce Health Disparities

Today is CHIP’s 17th birthday! As we reflect on the success of this important program, a recent report nicely summarizes its impact.

What Exactly Is MACPAC?

If you’ve been following children’s health policy lately, you have probably been hearing the term MACPAC bandied about. You might have thought, “What is MACPAC? Is this some new version of Pac-Man?” Those are excellent questions, which we will answer...

Children’s Vision Massachusetts: Opening Eyes. Opening Doors.

As much of our energy is focused the “big” policy issues of coverage and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, an often overlooked health issue for children is vision care. Vision issues impact 5 percent to 10 percent of...

Recognizing National Foster Care Month

May is National Foster Care Month, and it is a great time to reflect on the unique health needs of youth who are or have been in foster care and how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) helps to support these...

Schools don’t have to be experts- Just be ALL IN

This entry was originally posted on the California Coverage & Health Intiatives blog.  The idea that schools are a link to successful children and families is not new. Growing up, my parents received all types of information from my school...

Update: Medicaid Expansion Becomes a Reality in New Hampshire

At the beginning of March, we were thrilled to report that the bi-partisan way had been paved for New Hampshire to expand its Medicaid program. With Senate approval of Senate Bill 413 in hand, the House passed the Medicaid expansion...

New Tools to Cut Medicaid Churning

One of the goals of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is to increase the number of people who have access to health insurance, no matter what their life or economic circumstances. We are all working hard to ensure the ACA...

Child Obesity Rates Fall: What does this tell us about health care access?

There was good news this week for children and their future health. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, reports that obesity rates among children ages two to five has dropped over the past decade, from 14...

What’s in your network?

Network adequacy – the ability of a health plan to provide enrollees with timely access to needed care included in the benefit contract – continues to capture headlines throughout the country as states consider how to engage in the conversation...

Happy Anniversary, CHIPRA! Why it matters, and what’s next

Today marks the fifth anniversary of the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA), which extended the authorization for CHIP. In honor of this anniversary, we want to reflect on all the great gains in children’s health coverage we've made...

Takeaways from NEACH’s 2013 Children’s Health Summit

Earlier this month, the New England Alliance for Children’s Health team gathered with our partners from around New England to discuss current events and future issues in children’s health policy. We were pleased that partners from all six New England...

50-state Report: Kids Coverage Improving Thanks to Medicaid and CHIP

Our friends at Georgetown Center for Children and Families today released their 50-state report on children’s health coverage, which provides a detailed picture of the coverage landscape for kids. Overall, the news is positive: 92.8 percent of kids have insurance...

Enrolling Thousands of Medicaid Beneficiaries is a Snap (Pun Intended!)

A handful of states are quickly enrolling certain Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants into Medicaid.

There’s A Hole in Our Bucket: Addressing Children’s Health Insurance Churn

Pursuing health coverage for all children can sometimes feel like pouring water into a leaky bucket. Even when outreach and enrollment efforts are strong, a substantial portion of children will lose their insurance at least once.

Healthy Teeth, Healthy Kids: Making Sure Families Can Afford Pediatric Dental Benefits Under the ACA

I always tell my kids, don’t forget to brush your teeth! As we gear up for open enrollment in October, that phrase takes on a whole new meaning: Don’t forget to buy your pediatric coverage.

Some Kids Will Still Face Waiting Periods for CHIP, Unless States Act

Nothing says “long weekend” like a long list of regulations, right? While most of us were still recovering from our Independence Day celebrations, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) released a 600-page final rule.

Getting Ready for Enrollment: Rhode Island Parent Information Network Starts Consumer Assistance Program

With enrollment around the corner, states have begun to think about the help consumers will need to enroll in coverage.

Essential Health Benefits: A little changed, a lot to monitor

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the final rule for Essential Health Benefits, Actuarial Value, and Accreditation. This anticipated rule was largely unchanged from its original form.

Big Advances Coming for Behavioral Health

Long-needed federal action to improve treatment for mental illness and substance use disorders is on its way, as part of President Obama’s four point plan to protect children and reduce gun violence. The biggest step forward will be finalizing federal rul

Highlights from 2012 NEACH Children’s Health Care Summit

On November 14, Community Catalyst’s New England Alliance for Children’s Health (NEACH) hosted its annual Children’s Health Care Summit in Worcester, Massachusetts. The summit covered topics such as consumer assistance programs, foster youth and the Affor

Ensuring Better Care and Health Outcomes for Individuals with Sickle Cell Disease

The Sickle Cell Treatment Act (SCTA) provides an important opportunity to advocate for implementing public policies that will lead to better care and health outcomes for individuals living with sickle cell disease (SCD). In 2003, Senators Jim Talent (R-MO

Something to Celebrate: Three Big Birthdays, One Short Week

Three programs vital to the health care security to millions of Americans celebrated birthdays last week. Medicaid and Medicare turned 47, and their “little sibling,” the Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP), also marked 15 years of ensuring low-income

Foster Care Children and The Affordable Care Act – New Report From CCF And Community Catalyst

In a new analysis, Georgetown’s Center for Children and Families and Community Catalyst, take a look at key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that hold the promise of improving the health and well-being of the nation’s foster care children and y

The Truth about Soda & Sugary Beverages

Recently, the Centers for Science in the Public Interest hosted the first National Soda Summit, bringing together researchers, advocates and policymakers from across the country to discuss what soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages are doing to our nat

Sanders and Cummings Make the Case for a Comprehensive U.S. Dental System

Yesterday, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) announced they are filing legislation to address a national crisis in dental care. The legislation would expand comprehensive dental coverage to millions of Americans through M

Step Up to the Challenge

In February of 2010, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius issued a bold, forward looking challenge to groups who care about children’s health coverage. The Secretary’s Challenge: Connecting Kids to Coverage is a five-year campaign to

Treating Kids Pays

Last week the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) made headlines with the announcement of a proposed rule that would increase payment rates for primary care physicians serving Medicaid patients. The rule would bring Medicaid primary care service

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health has designated May 6th-12th as national Children’s Mental Health Awareness week. The goal of this week is to help raise awareness of the special concerns of children with mental health needs

Looking at the Whole Problem, Not Just the Mouth – The Need to Systematically Improve America’s Oral Health

Often overlooked, untreated tooth decay and poor oral health have become an epidemic in the United States. In fact, tooth decay is the most common childhood disease, five times more common than asthma. On March 6th, The New York Times reported that an ala

Don’t Forget What the Affordable Care Act is Doing for Former Foster Youth

Much has been made (rightly!) of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions that have transformed health care for young Americans such as the provision that allows most young adults under 26 to remain on their parents’ health plans. As noted in a previous b

Cross Post: Is Your State Reviewing Potential EHB Benchmarks?

This blog was originally posted on “Say Ahhh!” the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families blog. HHS’s essential health benefits bulletin is less than two months old—in fact, the comment period just closed this week, click here for our comm

Recent Developments in Nutrition Policy Affecting Child Health: A Roundup

The end of 2011 and beginning of 2012 saw significant developments—mostly positive but some negative—in nutrition policy affecting children’s health. From new school meal requirements to food marketing guidelines to evidence supporting the effectiveness o

Oh so close…

While the New England states are leaders in the nation in reducing the number of uninsured children, with coverage rates from 94 to 98 percent across the region, there is one area where New England is falling woefully behind. According to a new report fro

The Affordable Care Act is Keeping Young Adults Healthy for the Holidays

Thanks to a key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), 2.5 million young adults will be healthy for the holidays this year. As we’ve blogged about previously, the ACA allows most young adults under 26 to remain on their parents’ health plans if they

Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program Buffer the Impact of the Recession on Children

In most respects, children have not been exempt from the impacts of the current economic downturn. The number of children living in poverty in the United States rose to 15.7 million in 2010—a 19 percent increase from 2008. Despite this bleak picture, a ne

New Steps in the Fight Against Childhood Obesity

In the United States, childhood obesity is an epidemic. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that 17 percent of children between ages 2 to 19 are obese. CDC data also show that since 1980 the prevalence of obesity among

Check Health Care Off Your Back-to-Campus List

For students heading to college, fall is a season full of the excitement and distraction of a new environment, new friends and new classes. With all of the activity, it can be easy to let signing up for health care slip through the cracks. However, health

How the Affordable Care Act Helps Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

Mandatory Medicaid coverage for former foster care youth who have aged out of the foster care system but are in care as of their eighteenth birthday—an important provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that isn’t as widely known as it should be—is fina

It’s Time to Reauthorize Funding to Train Pediatricians (and Use Funding to Train Other Physicians More Effectively)

It’s hard to imagine how children can stay healthy if there aren’t enough pediatricians to take care of them. And this is precisely the issue at stake as Congress decides whether to reauthorize the Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Payment P

Solving the Specialty Care Issues for Medicaid and CHIP Children

The New York Times ran an article last week on the results of a new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) on access to outpatient specialty care for children on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The study

Cross-Post: Got Coverage? 1,479 More Kids in MA Do Now!

Massachusetts health advocacy organization Health Care for All (HCFA) sponsored a month-long campaign to enroll as many uninsured children in health coverage as possible. HCFA enlisted 66 organizations across the state to participate in its Statewide Enro

The Complexity of Covering Children

Positive trends in children’s coverage made the news last week, with the Urban Institute reporting that 1.1 million children gained health coverage through Medicaid and CHIP between 2007 and 2009. While these coverage gains are quite impressive, they may

Recent Polls Find Strong Support for Taxing Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

Childhood obesity is truly an epidemic. More than one in six children in the United States are obese, a rate that has tripled in the past 30 years. Childhood obesity is linked to a number of debilitating and costly diseases, including cardiovascular disea

On This Mother's Day, the Affordable Care Act Keeps Working for Our Children

Having celebrated Mother’s Day with my mom this past weekend, I know that despite leaving home over a decade ago, she’s still always looking out for me. And she is not alone. Moms (and dads, too) across the country are making sure their young adult childr

Ryan's Plan CHIP-ing Away at Children's Coverage

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s Federal Fiscal Year 2012 budget blueprint, dubiously titled The Path to Prosperity, has damaging implications for children’s health. The Republican budget plan would dramatically cut funding for Medicaid and the

$25 Million to Tackle Childhood Obesity in Medicaid, CHIP, and Beyond

Many of you may recall that the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA) authorized childhood obesity demonstration grants aimed at developing an effective model for reducing obesity in children. Thanks to the Affordable Ca

Happy Second Anniversary, CHIPRA!

While the uninsurance rate for adults has risen in recent years, the opposite is true for children: fewer and fewer children are going without health care coverage. This steady decline in uninsured children is due in part to the fact that children’s publi

Taking Care of Business… and Children’s Health

Here at the New England Alliance for Children’s Health (NEACH), an initiative of Community Catalyst, we have long focused on regional coalition-building. It’s been our experience, since NEACH began back in 2006, that fostering new relationships within and

New Medicaid/CHIP Report Finds Program Eligibility Maintained Despite Economic Downturn

Despite difficult economic times, forty-nine states maintained or invested in expansions or improvements in their eligibility and enrollment policies for their Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs (CHIP) in 2010. That’s the headline coming ou

New Year, New CHIPRA Performance Bonuses

The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day was not a quiet one in the world of children’s health. On December 27, 2010, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announced that she had awarded 15 states 2010 Children’s Health Insurance P

Near-Universal Kids Coverage in Massachusetts: Lessons for the Nation

This week Massachusetts officials released the latest data from their 2010 state insurance survey. The survey provided continued good news: overall, 98.1 percent of all Massachusetts residents have health coverage. This compares to a national insurance ra

Investing in Our Children

Here at the New England Alliance for Children Health (NEACH), an initiative of Community Catalyst, we’re excited to announce the release of Insuring New England’s Children: An Advocacy Success Story. This new publication chronicles the New England states’

An Important (and Imperfect) Child Nutrition Reauthorization Passes

During this lame-duck session of Congress, the House of Representatives took action and, against the odds, passed the child nutrition reauthorization (CNR) bill. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (S. 3307), already passed by the Senate. First Lady

Notable News from the NEACH Children’s Health Care Summit 2010

On October 26, the New England Alliance for Children’s Health (NEACH), an initiative of Community Catalyst, held its annual Children’s Health Care Summit in Manchester, New Hampshire. The event brought together 90 of our state partners from across the reg

A New Push to Pass Child Nutrition Reauthorization

While there is no shortage of issues vying for the attention of Congress during the lame-duck session that begins this week, we believe reauthorizing the federal child nutrition programs should be near the top of the list. Before Congress headed into rece

Insurers behaving badly

You may have heard that many health insurers across the country (including several major insurers such as WellPoint, UnitedHealth Group, Aetna, Cigna, and Humana) have been announcing the discontinuation of new child-only policies. These are insurance pro

What Makes Child Health Advocates Successful?

In case you missed it, we wanted to call your attention to this post over at Say Ahhh!, the children’s health policy blog run by one of our partners, the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. In the post, Eugene Lewit and Liane Wong of t

Signing on to Advance Child Nutrition

The New England Alliance for Children’s Health is co-sponsoring a sign-on letter with the New England Consortium (NEC) that urges Congress to act swiftly and pass a strong child nutrition reauthorization (CNR) bill. The letter asks the New England delegat

Accepting the Challenge

Today is an exciting day in children’s health! As this press release explains, Secretary of Health and Human Services Sebelius is urging leaders from across government and the private sector to join the Connecting Kids to Coverage Challenge. The Challenge

Three Cheers for Dependent Coverage Expansion!

While there are many provisions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that will benefit children and families, the expansion of dependent coverage to children up to age 26 is among the most important – especially in the short-term. In 2011 alone, as many as 1.

Cross Post: A deeper look at health reform's individual responsibility requirement

Community Catalyst recently worked with our partner, Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families, to create a document answering prevalent questions about how the new mandate for insurance coverage will affect families. Here’s an excerpt from

East Room Promises

I was invited to attend an event at the White House yesterday to commemorate the 90th day since President Obama signed health care reform into law, and it was a powerful event that underscored how much the law matters to American families. Following a pri

Implementation for Kids

Have you been wondering how health reform implementation will affect children’s health care programs? Are you looking for information on when changes to CHIP and Medicaid go into effect? Do you want to learn more about the new provision allowing young ad
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