TCP joins CA children's health advocates to urge the Governor to accept $12 million in private and federal funds for Medi-Cal renewal assistance. The Brown Administration declined the renewal assistance funds offered by The California Endowment, a private foundation, earlier this year. “Now that we know that Medi-Cal renewals are lagging behind expectations and families are confused by the new renewal forms, we are counting on the Governor to take action to ensure that families have the help they need ...
Sacramento, CA – Today, the California Legislature voted in support of legislation to help prevent and treat dental disease among California’s most vulnerable populations—underserved children and adults who lack access to needed dental care. It passed out of the Senate on special consent and passed out of the Assembly with a vote of 74 to 0. The bill now goes to the desk of Governor Jerry Brown, who has until the end of September to act on the legislation.
AB 1174, ...
TCP Joins Children’s Health Advocates to Celebrate Common-Sense Effort to Keep Children and Families Insured
Senate Bill 18, authored by state Senators Mark Leno and Ed Hernandez, by the Assembly Appropriations Committee on Thursday. The bill requires the state to accept private foundation funds and matching federal funds to help children and families maintain their Medi-Cal coverage. “SB 18 will build upon the incredible strides the state has made in providing health coverage to children and families by funding – at no cost to the state – assistance for Medi-Cal recipients to renew their coverage,” ...
The Children’s Partnership response to Senators Wyden and Grassley’s letter of July 12, 2014, requesting input on how to increase health care data transparency and enhance the availability and utility of health care data.
Download the letter here.
Huffington Post Blog
Wendy Lazarus and Jenny Kattlove highlight a technological advance, the Virtual Dental Home (VDH), that has been tested in California over the past three years. The program has been successful in reaching underserved children and other populations to prevent and treat dental disease.
Astrid Campos from TCP's ALL IN for Health Campaign descibes the importance of outreach through schools to enroll families in Obamacare. "Health care does not just benefit the physical health of a child but it’s also important for their mental well being," said Campos. She also noted, “We know that bringing health coverage to millions of Californians who went without is not just ...
Huffington Post Blog
Wendy Lazarus makes recommendations for using a common sense policy, Express Lane Eligibilty (ELE), to help those with limited resources gain access to health care in a streamlined and efficient way, and while generating administrative savings. Download the full blog here.
California Health Report
Kathleen Hamilton describes her own experience with the shortage of Denti-Cal dentists to advocate for increasing reimbursement rates. While not addressing the need to increase reimbusrement rates for dentists taking Medi-Cal patients, the Virtual Dental Home legislation, AB 1174, would address issues for some patients who do not have transportation to access a dentist.
Download the full article 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.
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.
California has decided to “express 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).