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Submitted comments, testimony, presentations, and letters of support related to our work on Health Care and Health Reform.

Submitted Comments on Health Care/Health Reform

  • Comments on Modification and Revisions to the EHR "Meaningful Use" Incentive Program
    on July 14, 2014

    The Children's Partnership joined twenty-eight consumer organizations on submitted comments by Consumer Partnership for eHealth regarding Propsed Rule CMA-00520P/RIN 0938-AS30, Modifications to the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs for 2014; and Health Information Technology; Revised to the Certified EHR Technology Definition. 

  • Submitted Comments on 2015 Edition EHR Standards and Certification Criteria Proposed Rules
    on April 28, 2014

    The Children's Partnership submitted comments regarding the establishmnet of a Children's EHR Format as recognized by the ONC in  the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking – RIN 0991-AB92 – Voluntary 2015 Edition Electronic Health Record(EHR) Certification Criteria; Interoperability Updates and Regulatory Improvements. In addition to signing on with the National Partnership for Women and Families and the Consumer Partnership for eHealth (CPeH) to largely support the rule, TCP has additionally submitted comments on elements with particular relevance to children.

    Download the full comments here.


  • Comments on the Draft California Eligibility and Enrollment Report
    on April 08, 2014

    The Children's Partnership joined advocates for children and families to submit comments to the California Department of Health Care Services regarding the Draft California Eligibility and Enrollment Report and the collection of enrollment data Enrollment data provides critical information on where gaps exist and further outreach and enrollment activities are needed. Additionally, this data is important in terms of understanding whether the enrollment structure we have established is optimizing enrollment and keeping individuals enrolled.

    Download the submitted comments here

  • TCP Joins CA Coalition Recommendations on Data Reporting for Covered CA and Medi-Cal
    on November 11, 2013

    The Children's Partnership signed a joint letter with a coalition of health and consumer advocates to Covered California and CA Department of Health Care Services. The letter outlines recommendations for the reporting of data on Covered California and Medi-Cal regarding enrollment data, including: disability access, performance standards by enrollment channel, denial and disenrollment reporting, retention reporting, and SHOP enrollment data. Download the letter here

  • Submitted Comments on the CalHEERS System Demo
    on June 25, 2013
    On June 18, 2013, The Children's Partnership participated in the public demonstration of the CalHEERS single online application. Download our submitted comments about the demonstration to Juli Baker of Covered California and Len Finocchio of California Department of Health Care Services.
  • Group Comments on Proposed Regulations Governing Eligibility and Enrollment for the Individual Exchange
    on April 03, 2013
    Download submitted comments from The Children's Partnership and our consumer advocate partners regarding the Exchange's March 21, 2013 proposed eligibility and enrollment regulations for the Individual Exchange (Covered California). 
  • Comments on Proposed Online and Paper Model Applications
    on February 28, 2013

    Download TCP's submitted comments to CMS on the proposed Online and Paper Model Applications, CMS-10440.

  • Comments on Proposed Rules
    on February 21, 2013
    Download submitted comments from California's Children Advocates to CMS on proposed rulemaking regarding streamlining and seamlessness under the ACA, CMS-2334-P.
  • Comments on Stage 3 Meaningful Use
    on January 14, 2013
    Download TCP's submitted comments to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HIT Policy Committee, regarding Stage 3 Meaningful Use criteria.
  • Comments on the Single Streamlined Application Data Elements
    on September 04, 2012
    Download TCP's submitted comments on Draft Elements and Supporting Statement for Data Collection to Support Eligibility Determinations, CMS-10433, CMS-10438, CMS-10439 and CMS-10440.

Letters of Support on Health Care/Health Reform

  • 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.

  • TCP in Support of More Connections Between Medi-Cal and CalFresh Programs
    on December 12, 2013

    TCP joins the Alliance to Transform CalFresh and 55 state advocate organizations on a letter to Governor Brown encouraging even more connections between health coverage and nutrition assistance.  Read more about this vital connection for the millions of Californians eligible for both Medi-Cal and CalFresh in the full letter here.

  • TCP Joins Support Letter on Health Extenders
    on December 09, 2013

    The Children's Partnership joined national advocates, health providers, and consumers on a letter to the Ways and Means and Finance Committee members to express strong support for including the following programs in any year-end health extenders package: the Qualified Individual (QI) program, the Transitional Medical Assistance (TMA) program, and Express Lane Eligibility (ELE) as well as the state incentive payment provisions and funding for quality improvement in the Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA). Download the full letter here

  • California Families Deserve Choice and Affordable Dental Plans for Children
    on July 17, 2013

    A broad coalition urges the California Health Benefits Exchange Board (HBEX) to adopt  a policy that assures that all enrollees are able to purchase Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) that include pediatric dental benefits.

    Download the full letter and the related policy brief, Important Consumer Considerations in Design on Pediatric Dental Benefits to learn more. 

  • Timely Health Care for Immigrant Children
    on June 18, 2013

    The Children's Partnership joined the American Academy of Pediatrics and nearly 200 national, state, and local organizations to thank  Senator Rockefeller for his leadership in ensuring that immigrant women and children have access to meaningful, affordable health coverage.

    Download the full letter to learn more about lawfully present children and pregnant women who qualify for Registered Provisional Immigrant (RPI) or blue card status or obtain a V nonimmigrant visa and our support for them to be treated the same as other children and pregnant women who are lawfully present under current law. 

  • Letter of Support for Public School Health Centers
    on May 08, 2013

    The Children's Partnership supports AB 174 (Bonta): Public School Health Centers, which would create a grant program to fund school-based mental health services for children and adolescents impacted by violence and trauma.  

    Download the full letter here

  • TCP Urges Governor to Move Forward on Medicaid Expansion
    on April 29, 2013

    The Children's Partnership calls upon Governor Brown to take the next critical step for Medicaid expansion in California. The expansion would bring needed federal funds to the state and create an opportunity to cover over a million currently uninsured Californians.

    Download the full letter here

  • Letter of Support for SB 126
    on April 01, 2013

    The Children's Partnership supports SB 126 (Steinberg) which will extend the provisions of California’s Autism Insurance Mandate Law (SB 946) for an additional five years until July 1, 2019.

    Download the letter of support here

  • Letter of Support for Healthy Families and Strong Communities
    on March 07, 2013

    The Children's Partnership joins over 360 organizations on a signed a letter to the President and Members of Congress in support of access to health care and nutrition assistance for all Americans, including immigrant families.

    Download the letter here.

  • Letter to HHS: Eliminate CHIP Waiting Period
    on February 21, 2013

    The Children's Partnership signed-on with other child advocates to support the elimination of a waiting period currently under the Proposed Rule pertaining to Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Programs, and Exchanges, CMS-2234-P. 

    Download the full letter here.

  • Joint Letter on the Proposed Regulations for Medicaid to Age 26 for Eligible Former Foster Youth
    on February 20, 2013

    The Children's Partnership joined the Children's Defense Fund and other child advocacy organizations on a letter to HHS on a new health care law requirement that former foster care youth be covered by Medicaid to the age of 26. 

    Download the letter here

  • Letter to Democratic Congressional Leadership: Protect Medicaid
    on December 19, 2012

    The Children's Partnership signed-on with Community Catalyst as one of 193 groups from thirty-four states and Washington, DC urging the Democratic Congressional Leadership to protect Medicaid in the current budget debate to avert the fiscal cliff. 

    Download the full letter here.

  • Letter of Support for School-Based Health Centers
    on December 05, 2012

    The Children's Partnership joined the California School Health Centers Association, the National Assembly on School-Based Health Care, and other children’s advocates in support for a $50 million appropriation, in the President’s FY 2014 budget, dedicated exclusively to school-based health center (SBHC) operations.

    Download the letter to Secretary Sebelius here

  • California's Section 1115 Waiver Amendment Request Regarding the Children's Health Insurance Program Transition into Medicaid
    on November 09, 2012

    The Children's Partnership signed-on with NHeLP and other California child advocate organizations to voice comments and concerns about California's Section 1115 Waiver Amendment Request regarding the Children's Health Insurance Program Transition to Medicaid Program. 

    Download the letter here

  • Coverage for DACA Eligible Teenagers and Young Adults
    on October 29, 2012

    The Children's Partnership joined national and state children's advocates supporting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA-eligible individuals having access coverage in the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) as well as through the Exchanges. 

    Download the support letter sent on October 29, 2012.

  • Support Letter Urges Governor to Sign SB 970 (de Leon)
    on September 08, 2012

    The Children's Partnership submitted a letter to Governor Brown, urging his signature of SB 970 (de Leon).  SB 970 would integrate the process of applying for health coverage with public programs such as CalFresh and CalWORKS. 

  • Coalition Letter to Governor Brown and CA Legislature on Healthy Families Elimination
    on June 25, 2012
    The Children's Partnership joins a broad coalition in a statement urging the Legislature to vote "no" on Health Families elimination.
  • Support Letter to Protect CHIPRA Performance Bonus Funding
    on May 07, 2012

    The Children's Partnership joined a broad coalition of national advocates opposing a vote by the House Energy and Commerce Committee to cut $400 million from CHIPRA Performance Bonuses funding.  

    Download the letter  sent to all House health staff May 7, 2012

  • Coalition Letter in Support of the Children's Budget Act
    on April 16, 2012

    The Children's Partnership joined this letter of support by the First Focus Campaign for Children on their work with Representative Danny Davis (IL) in the House and Senator Menendez (NJ) in the Senate on the Children’s Budget Act – H.R. 1602 and S. 1396.  The legislation would call for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to annually produce a full and deliberate accounting of all the money the federal government spends on and for children.

    Download the letter  sent on April 16, 2012.

  • California's Children's Health Coverage Coalition Sends Letter to CA Legislature Regarding Healthy Families to MediCal Shift
    on June 02, 2011
    Download letter to Senator Steinberg and Assemblymember Perez.

Presentations on Health Care/Health Reform

  • Webinar: Briefing for Head Start Programs About New Health Coverage Options Under ACA
    on August 20, 2013

    Jenny Kattlove, Director, Strategic Health Initiatives
    California Health Start Association

    Download the slides from the webinar here .


  • Children’s Regional Integrated Service System Conference: ACA Impacts for Children
    on November 02, 2012

    Kristen Golden Testa presented implications and benefits of ACA for California’s children with special needs.

    Download the Power Point presentation here.


  • California's Experience Designing a Streamlined User-Friendly Enrollment System
    on January 19, 2012

    Kristen Golden Testa, Health Director
    Health Action 2012 Families USA, Washington DC
    January 19, 2012

    Download the Power Point