Posts for Children's Health

Kids Need More Than an Insurance Card

For many years, Health Care for All Massachusetts (HCFA) has focused on and prioritized children’s health coverage. In 1995, HCFA started the Children’s Health Access Coalition with the goal of making sure that all kids in Massachusetts had insurance. Today,...

From Connecticut to the Capitol: A Consumer Focus

As Kevin Counihan takes the reigns as the “Obamacare CEO” of HealthCare.gov and as we all gear up for open enrollment, Community Catalyst hopes that HealthCare.Gov will run as smoothly this year as AccessHealthCT did under Counihan’s leadership.

What does the Coverage Gap have to do with kids? A whole lot, it turns out.

Last week, Virginia’s General Assembly once again took up the issue of closing the coverage gap, and once again struck the measure down. The primary goal of last week’s special session was to discuss the closure of this gap: Governor...

Making Outreach and Enrollment Work for Former Foster Youth

As we gear up for the next open enrollment period, it’s worth revisiting the ACA’s provision for former foster youth. Thanks to the ACA, youth who age out of foster care are eligible for Medicaid up to age 26.

Take 2: Essential Health Benefits – Wait, didn’t we just do that?

As we enter the fall of 2014, the window of opportunity to influence what benefits are required in Marketplace plans is opening. While the essential health benefits (EHB) package is already set for 2015, advocates have the opportunity to influence...

Back-to-School Shopping List: Clothes, Schools Supplies and…Health Care Coverage

It's back to school season, we view this as a prime opportunity to work with other outreach and enrollment groups to maximize their participation at back-to-school events and help link families to health coverage.

A National Food Fight: Congress vs. Our Nation's Children

The House of Representatives was scheduled to vote on an agricultural appropriations bill that included a new waiver process allowing local school districts to opt-out of the new nutrition requirements enacted in the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act.

Medicaid and CHIP: Proven Tools to Reduce Health Disparities

Today is CHIP’s 17th birthday! As we reflect on the success of this important program, a recent report nicely summarizes its impact.

What Exactly Is MACPAC?

If you’ve been following children’s health policy lately, you have probably been hearing the term MACPAC bandied about. You might have thought, “What is MACPAC? Is this some new version of Pac-Man?” Those are excellent questions, which we will answer...
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