A report released by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families shows that California's commitment to children's health insurance coverage is paying off. Between 2010 and 2012, data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) shows that more than 100,000 children gained coverage statewide, reducing the percent of uninsured children to 7.9%.
“California’s residents and its leaders should be proud of the progress we’ve made improving children’s coverage,” said Wendy Lazarus, Founder and Co-President of The Children’s Partnership. “And we’re excited about more of their parents getting coverage for the first time as a result of expanded Medi-Cal coverage. When every member of the family has coverage, children are more likely to get regular preventive care to keep them healthy and see a health care provider sooner when they are sick.” Download the full press release here.
Huffington Post Blog
With the Affordable Care Act's open enrollment period well underway, most of the public's attention has been on the federal health insurance exchange, HealthCare.gov. While issues in the federal website have slowed the national roll-out, early results in places like California, where leaders across the state are working around the clock to make the new coverage options a reality for families, should encourage us all. Almost 80,000 Americans have already found affordable insurance through state-based health insurance exchanges. California, alone, enrolled 36,000 of its residents, almost half of the total of other state-run exchanges. In the 16 states and the District of Columbia that are running their own exchanges, many are working as hoped. Download the full blog here.
First 5 LA
Virtual Dental Home Project is an innovative oral health care delivery system that has provided more than 450 dental screenings to low-income and special needs children in Los Angeles County's Early Head Start and Head Start programs associated with Santa Monica/Malibu Unified School District, Volunteers of America and Westside Children's Center, thanks to a id="mce_marker" million grant from First 5 LA. Download the full article here.
Zero Divide Blog
Wendy Lazarus, the founder and co-president of The Children’s Partnership (TCP) interview by Elaine Carpenter, ZeroDivide’s Vice President of Business Development, about TCP’s new ALL IN Campaign to support schools in helping families enroll in affordable health coverage. Download the full interview here.
New Telehealth Pilot Project Brings Dental Care to Underserved Children in Los Angeles County. “Virtual Dental Home” system launched to benefit low-income children enrolled in Los Angeles County’s Early Head Start and Head Start Programs. Download the article (en Espanol) here.
Los Angeles, Calif. (November 7, 2013) –More than 450 dental visits have been provided to low-income and special needs children in Los Angeles County’s Early Head Start and Head Start programs associated with Santa Monica/Malibu Unified School District, Volunteers of America and Westside Children’s Center. Children enrolled in these programs now have a new way to receive dental screenings, assessments, and preventive services thanks First 5 LA's one million dollar grant. The funding supports a new partnership and a ground- breaking telehealth pilot project called the “Virtual Dental Home,” which makes it possible for hundreds of children to get the dental care they need and to help spread the model to serve even more children.
"This is a smart and innovative way to get dental care to children who might otherwise go without it,” said Jenny Kattlove of The Children’s Partnership. “As more children qualify for dental benefits under health care reform, communities and states everywhere should be examining how new technologies like this can reach large numbers of children with the high quality dental care they need.”
Download the press release here.
The Children's Partnership and its partners launched a statewide drive to reach uninsured children and their families through schools, after-school programs and child care centers to provide information on the health care options available in Covered California and Medi-Cal under the Affordable Care Act. "The campaign can reach millions of Californians, many low-income, through the schools and centers that are in touch with children and families on a daily basis," says Wendy Lazarus, Founder and Co-President.
The ALL IN Campaign began Wednesday with an on-line rally with The Children’s Partnership, California Department of Education, California School Boards Association, California School Health Centers Association and California Coverage Health Initiatives.
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Santa Monica, CA – A spirited “virtual” rally was held today around a new campaign in California to help the state’s school and child-care leaders raise awareness about new health coverage options available under California’s new health insurance exchange, Covered California. “California has over 10,000 public schools, which serve over 6 million children and families. Educators see every day that healthy children make better learners and understand how important it is to connect children and families to health care. Schools and child-care providers offer a way to connect with nearly 100% of Californians who qualify for coverage through the ACA and Medi-Cal,” said Wendy Lazarus, Founder and Co-President of The Children’s Partnership, the organization which is spearheading the campaign.
Download the full release here.
Also covered by ABC27.com WHTM.
Wendy Lazarus joins the San Francisco launch event of the Affordable Care Act. "Today, our charge is to begin the process to connect with every family that has an uninsured child or family member and help them secure health coverage. The Children’s Partnership is stepping up to help spread the message to the state’s uninsured and is working with Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, and other top education leaders, schools, and child care providers across the state to bring the message to families through the ALL IN Campaign." Download the full statement here.
A photo showing Wendy Lazarus and Peter Lee, executive director, Covered California, sharing a few words celebrating opening day of the health plan excahnge. Download the full article here.