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Wendy Lazarus on Express Lane Eligibility and Reducing Enrollment Backlogs

on July 29, 2014

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


Kathleen Hamilton on Challenges of Access to Dentists in Denti-Cal

on July 16, 2014

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.


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. 


Kristen Golden Testa Questions Refusal of 'Free Money" by California Health Officials

on July 04, 2014
The Washington Post

Consumer advocates and some legislators were surprised and frustrated when California health officials recently refused a $6 million donation to help people re-up their Medi-Cal health coverage. Now two senators have proposed an unusual solution: a bill to force the state to accept the offer from The California Endowment. "It's a head scratcher to me," said Kristen Golden Testa, health director of The Children's Partnership. "Free money to help keep people covered seems to make a ...

Why Every Foster Kid Should Have an 'Electronic Backpack'

on June 24, 2014


Recently launched, the "Electronic Backpack" project would help end incomplete medical records for foster youth in Ventura County, CA. Having a digital warehouse to hold foster kids' health and education records eases their many transitions from one home to another and makes it easier to apply for jobs and college. "It's a fairly easy and straightforward concept," said Ginny Puddefoot, who works on health IT initiatives for The Children's Partnership. "But it's really complex once you're trying ...


Ginny Puddefoot on Benefits of Coordinated Care for Ventura Youth in Foster Care

on June 23, 2014

California Healthline

Ginny Puddefoot discusses at length the launch of a pilot program aimed at improving social and health care coordination for youth in foster care. "The use of an 'electronic backpack' that safely stores accurate, timely and complete information about a child and allows it to be shared with medical providers and others as appropriate is an approach that could benefit all children," said the Director of Health IT Initiatives for Vulnerable Youth at The Children's Partnership. Since "children ...


TCP Joins Launch of New Coordinated Care Initiative for Foster Youth in Ventura County

on June 17, 2014

Ventura County Star

A joint effort by public and private entities launched a program that will use information technology to better coordinate the health care needs of Ventura County children and youth living in foster care. The Children's Partnership joined the Ventura County Human Services Agency and Ventura County Health Care Agency, Verizon Foundation, Sierra Health Foundation, the California Health and Human Services Agency, Ventura County Medical Resource Foundation, and KCN Consulting to announce this groundbreaking initiative, called Ventura ...


TCP Heralds CHIP Extension Act of 2014

on June 12, 2014

Kristen Golden Testa released a statement in support of Senator Rockefeller's CHIP Extension Act of 2014. Continuing access to this successful program for children ensures access to improved benefits, including dental, covering former foster care youth across state lines, and making Express Lane Enrollment, a TCP--pioneered enrollment strategy--a permanent option for states. 

Download the full statement 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

Support AB 1174 (Botenegra)

The bill will be heard in the Senate Business, Professions, and Economic Development Committee on June 9. Read the bill online here and download a sample support letter. Letters of support are due Monday, June 2, 2014. Learn more about the bill here

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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