Continuing the Momentum for Kids in 2015

By Wendy Lazarus
As the new year begins, we are taking stock of what we accomplished last year and looking at how we can build upon the momentum this year. In 2014, our commitment to increasing health coverage enrollment contributed to California’s historic enrollment of over two million Californians into health coverage. But our work is not done. In fact, January 24 is our Day of Action through the ALL IN for Health campaign to equip schools to connect families to affordable health coverage through Covered California and Medi-Cal. And we have made it our priority this year to make sure ALL children and individuals, regardless of immigration status, have health coverage, focusing our advocacy efforts on coverage options for undocumented children and individuals.

With enactment of Virtual Dental Home legislation in 2014, we will be working with our partners to ensure that this innovation is implemented in a way that best reaches underserved children with needed dental care in schools and Head Starts in their communities. In addition, now that all children enrolled in Medi-Cal and Covered California are enrolled in dental coverage, we are working hard to make sure those families actually know that their children have this coverage, know how to use it, and can find dentists to take care of their children.

Finally, we are closer than ever in our work with partners to ”standing up” local electronic care coordination pilots for young people in foster care. And we continue to be the only children’s voice in promoting the use of telehealth and related technologies to bring health care to children in underserved communities, addressing transportation and other barriers families face in getting needed care. 

This is just some of what we have in store in the year to come. Please take a look at our 2015 California Policy Agenda and Federal Policy Agenda to see all that we are doing. We look forward to working with you in 2015.

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