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Jenny Kattlove Explains the Need for Virtual Dental Home

on April 10, 2014
89.3 KPCC

The Virtual Dental Home pilot program offers hope to low-income families in need of dental care. Jenny Kattlove explains that lack of acces to dental care is not just about reimbursement rates. "They may not have access to affordable transportation, and we know that low-income parents often lose pay when they miss work. It's really important that we identify a variety of solutions of dental care to underserved children."
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New ‘Express Lane’ Links Food Stamp Recipients to Health Care

on March 28, 2014

New America Media

In February, DHCS sent out letters about the express lane eligibility option to more than 570,000 adults and over 150,000 children who are currently receiving CalFresh benefits but are not enrolled in Medi-Cal. “As part of the Affordable Care Act, ‘express lane eligibility’ has been an opportunity to enroll many folks in an easy way,” according to Kristen Golden Testa, Director of TCP's California Health Program, at a telebriefing organized by The Children’s Partnership and New America Media.

Uninsured ...


Virtual Dentistry Could Bring Better Care to Underserved

on March 27, 2014

California Health Report

Virtual dentistry provides alternative ways for dental hygienists to bring the dentist’s office to the patient. Under state law, however, hygienists are not allowed to bill for x-rays they take without a prescription from a dentist or provide temporary fillings, and dentists cannot get reimbursed for virtual dentistry through Denti-Cal–the state’s low-income dental program.

In order for the work to continue and expand, California laws would need to change so that hygienists can ...


TCP Recognizes Role of Schools as Enrollment Hubs for Health Care

on March 24, 2014

Cabinet Report

Wendy Lazarus highlights the role of schools as "community hubs and trusted resources of information on social welfare issues" and how TCP's latest ALL IN for Health campaign supported enrollment efforts throughout California schools.  

Download the full article here.


No Application Required for CalFresh Participants to Enroll in Medi-Cal

on February 24, 2014

New America Media

Kristen Golden Testa, Director, California Health Program, touts opportunity for Express Enrollment in Medi-Cal for state's CalFresh participants. "This is a tremendous opportunity to enroll a lot of children and parents in a quick and easy way."

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TCP Urges Congress to Act to Protect Children Getting Health Coverage Through CHIP

on February 20, 2014

TCP joined First Focus and more than 400 national, state, and local organizations on a letter to President Barack Obama and congressional leadership urging quick action to protect the millions of children who get their health care through the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). 

Download the full letter here.


New Rules Allow Californians to Express Enroll in Medi-Cal

on February 19, 2014

The Department of Health Care Services was federally approved to express enroll over 700,000 Californians – including 153,000 children – in Medi-Cal, the State’s health insurance program for low-income individuals and families. Non-elderly adults and children currently enrolled in CalFresh are being notified by DHCS that they are eligible for Medi-Cal without an application and how to accept this health coverage. “Families should be on the lookout for a letter from DHCS that will include a unique PIN number they will need ...


HITECH Act 5 Year Anniversary

on February 17, 2014

Celebrating the 5 year anniversary of the HITECH Act, The Children's Partnership joined our partners at the Consumer Partnership for eHealth (CPeH) and over 2600 consumer activists to send a Valentine to President Obama, HHS Secretary Sebelius, and National Coordinator DeSalvo. 

See the entire list of sign-ons here.


The Children’s Partnership works to ensure that all children—especially those at risk of being left behind—have the resources and opportunities they need to grow up healthy and lead productive lives. Read More.

We work on the following issues:
ALL IN for Health Campaign
Care Coordination for Foster Youth
Dental Health
Family-Friendly Enrollment
Health Care/Health Reform
Health IT
Internet and 21st Century Skills

ALL IN for Health Campaign

Schools and Child-Care Connecting Families to Health  Coverage


There is much we can all do to get ALL IN and help children, families, and school employees get the health coverage they need.

   1. Download the ALL IN toolkit.
   2. Distribute ALL IN materials to students, parents, teachers, and staff members at events, in backpacks, and newsletters.
   3. Reach out to us to talk about how you can take the next step to be ALL IN and host an educational/enrollment event.

Click here to read more about this partner and other ALL IN Updates. 

New Opportunity for CalFresh Participants Who Do Not Have Health Insurance:


California has decided toexpress enroll” 153,000 children and about 550,000 adults who are enrolled in CalFresh, but not currently enrolled in Medi-Cal. The “Express Lane Enrollment” process allows these selected individuals to be immediately enrolled in Medi-Cal by simply giving their OK.  NO application!

The Medi-Cal program provides no-cost coverage for comprehensive health care such as doctor visits, hospital visits, prescription drugs, mental health care, and dental care for children (partial dental for adults starting in May). 

Download an FAQ about California's new Express Lane Enrollment Process. EnglishSpanish

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