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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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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 to enroll,” said Kristen Golden Testa, Director of the California Health Program for The Children’s Partnership.
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A one-year demonstration project has launched in Sacramento County, California, to support foster youth in more successfully transitioning out of care by providing them direct, on-line access to their own records and documents. The project, a joint effort between The Children’s Partnership, AltruIT 2.0, Inc., and Aspiranet, will expand HealthShack, an existing, youth-designed electronic health and personal record system, to foster youth between the ages of 18 and 20 in Sacramento County. The project is
, being funded by The California Wellness Foundation.
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Teeth Matter, The Children's Dental Health Project's Blog
Joined by two other advocates for children, families, and consumers, Kathleen Hamilton, Director, Sacramento Governmental Affairs, describes the postiive changes that will result from Covered California's decision to offer embedded dental plans starting 2015.
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When California took up the ACA Medicaid expansion, the State opted to use the express enrollment strategy to quickly identify and enroll the newly eligible adults. As an added bonus, the State has decided to provide express enrollment to those children who are enrolled in CalFresh but not yet enrolled in Medi-Cal. The State identified 153,000 CalFresh children who are not yet enrolled in Medi-Cal.
Read this blog by Kristen Golden Testa, Director, California Health Program, to learn more about how families can take advantage of express enrollment.
For more information about how how CalFresh receipients can express enroll in Medi-Cal, download this FAQ.
March 31 marks the end of open enrollment for 2014 coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but many Californians aren't waiting until the deadline to sign up for health coverage. In fact, California continues to lead the way in embracing and implementing health care reform, and the state's school community is helping to spread the word and is benefiting from new affordable coverage.
Since October 2013, thousands of children in California and across the country have obtained health coverage, often for the first time in their lives. Through programs like the ALL IN for Health Campaign, The Children's Partnership remains committed to helping California kids not only continue to gain health coverage and important services like dental care, but to also ensure that they receive the very best care possible.
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The California State Assembly passed legislation to help prevent and treat dental disease among a largely underserved population that currently goes without needed dental care. The bill, AB 1174, passed out of the Assembly with a vote count of 73-1 and now heads to the Senate.
In response to the action on the biil, Jenny Kattlove, Director of Strategic Health Initiatives at The Children’s Partnership said, "The resounding support received by the bill in the Assembly demonstrates that children’s dental health is a bipartisan issue in California. The Children’s Partnership remains committed to ensuring this important legislation to protect the health of our state’s most vulnerable children receives the same level of support in the Senate and is signed into law."
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The California Report
Covered California’s board voted Thursday to make a change. Starting in 2015, all medical plans for children sold through the marketplace will be required to include dental coverage. Kathleen Hamilton of The Children’s Partnership, an advocacy group, said she was “very pleased, very excited by the 180 degree turn” that the board took. However, Hamilton agreed that availability of providers is an issue. She said that Covered California and the Department of Health Care Services, which oversees the state’s Medi-Cal program, still must work “to ensure that networks are adequate and that families have access to dentists in their communities.”
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Also covered by California Healthline here
Jenny Kattlove, director of strategic health initiatives at the Children's Partnership, noted in a statement that the final vote for bill AB 1174 was 17-0. The bill would enact policies to ensure the successful Virtual Dental Home demonstration project could be replicated and sustained by changing workforce policies and requiring Medi-Cal, the state's Medicaid program, to pay for care provided through the advanced technology used in the program, she explained.
The legislation could help provide dental care to high-risk children and other underserved populations around the state by bringing preventative care directly to them in places such as schools and Head Start sites, Kattlove said.
Jenny Kattlove, Director of Strategic Health Initiatives at the Children's Partnership, responds to the Assembly Health Committee vote in support of AB 1174, which would help prevent and treat dental disease among a largely underserved population that currently goes without routine care. The final vote count was 17-0.
"Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease and unmet health care need of children in California. With today’s vote, the Assembly Health Committee took a critical step toward breaking down the barriers that impede countless California children and others from receiving the dental care they need." AB 1174 would enact policies to ensure the successful Virtual Dental Home demonstration project could be replicated and sustained by changing workforce policies and requiring Medi-Cal to pay for care provided through the advanced technology used in the program."
Download the full statement here.
More information about the legislation can be accessed here: