A collaborative effort of The Children's Partnership, Children Now, and Children's Defense Fund created to ensure that all of California's children obtain the health coverage they need to grow up strong and healthy

Publications

 

Who we are 2013.pdf

MomsRising_HFP Autism Petition Signatures_5-9-13.pdf

What Families Should Know About Changes to the Healthy Families Program (Updated)

Throughout 2013, all 875,000 children enrolled in the Healthy Families Program will be moved into the Medi-Cal program. Read about what families should know about the changes to the Healthy Families Program. (Revised July 2013)

A Parent's Back to School Health Checklist

Healthy children do better in school! (July 2013)

Back to School Health Checklist - Spanish.pdf

What Families Should Know About Changes to the Healthy Families Program

Throughout 2013, all 875,000 children enrolled in the Healthy Families Program will be moved into the Medi-Cal program. Read about what families should know about the changes to the Healthy Families Program. (Revised May 2013)

A Mayall HFP transition hearing testimony (5-2-13).pdf

Now is the Time to Protect Children's Health in the California Budget

The 100% Campaign's budget priorities for 2013 include improving children's access to care, enrolling eligible but uninsured childre and implementing the Medi-Cal expansion. (February 2013)

Facts About Health Coverage for Children in California (Updated)

This updated factsheet summarizes the key facts about coverage, access to care, and the health of children in California. (February 2013)

California’s Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) Gateway Program Under Health Reform

Fact sheet that outlines the successful CHDP Program and recommends taht the program be preserved and strengthened (December 2012).

Changes in Cost-sharing for Children Transitioning from the Healthy Families Program to Medi-Cal

This fact sheet clarifies the differences in cost-sharing between Healthy Families and Medi- Cal and makes recommendations to ensure cost-sharing requirements for families with children enrolled in Medi-Cal are fair and affordable (December 2012).

Letter to CMS on State's Waiver Amendment Request for the Healthy Families Transition

The 100% Campaign partners joined the National Health Law Program and others in sending a letter to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) outlining concerns about California’s Section 1115 waiver amendment request regarding the transition of children from Healthy Families to Medi-Cal. (November 2012)

Letter Requesting a More Realistic Start Data for the Healthy Families Transition

More than 20 organizations signed on to a letter urging the California Health and Human Services Agency to reconsder standing the transition of Healthy Families children to Medi-Cal on January 1, 2013 and instead adopt a realistic trimeframe to ensure a smooth transition and guarantee children access to a provider. (October 2012)

Comments on the CHHS Healthy Families Program Transition to Medi-Cal Strategic Plan

The 100% Campaign submitted comments to the California Health and Human Services agencies on their strategic plan about the pending Healthy Families Transition to Medi-Cal.(October 2012)

Starting Healthy: A Back-To-School Checklist for Parents

The 100% Campaign, in partnership with the California School Health Centers Association, developed the Starting Healthy back-to-school checklist to help parents identify what to do to ensure their children are healthy and ready to learn when they go back to school. Please download this handy new guide, available in English and Spanish, and share it with other parents in your networks so that all kids can start the school year off right.
(August 2012)

Opposition Letter on Proposed Elimination of Healthy Families

Amidst growing outrage with a budget deal reached by the Governor and legislative leaders last week that jeopardizes access to health care for California's children, a coalition of organizations representing children, pediatricians, faith congregations, and clinics demanded that the Legislature and the Governor remove the Healthy Families elimination from the Budget Trailer Bill. More than 70 organizations urged policymakers to reject the plan to eliminate the Healthy Families Program and shift nearly 900,000 children to Medi-Cal. (June 2012)

Recommendations for Serving Children and Youth in the California Health Benefit Exchange

This letter from 21 organizations provides recommendations for serving children and youth in the California Health Benefit Exchange. (June 2012)

Bright-Line Healthy Families Transition Support Letter

A broad coalition of children’s advocates, health care providers, and faith groups released a statement calling on Governor Brown and the Legislature to make children’s health care a priority in the face of serious budget shortfalls. (April 2012)

Facts About Health Coverage for Children in California (Updated)

This updated factsheet summarizes the key facts about coverage, access to care, and the health of children in California. (April 2012)

Pediatrician Perspectives on the Transition of Healthy Families Children into Medi-Cal

This memo summarizes the 100% Campaign analysis of survey data from members of the American Academy of Pediatrics – California District about their perceptions of and reactions to the Administration’s proposal to eliminate the Healthy Families Program (HFP) and transition those children into Medi-Cal. (April 2012)

 Affordable Care Act: Top 11 Benefits for California Children and Youth

As the 2nd anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) nears on March 23rd, leading children’s health advocates in California are celebrating the gains already made in children’s health coverage – and looking forward to more. This factsheet outlines the top 11 benefits for kids from the ACA. (March 2012)

California's Budget Must Protect Children's Access to Health Care

Governor Brown’s 2012-13 budget proposes significant changes to children’s health programs that could undermine children’s access to quality health care. As leading California children’s health advocates, we are concerned that these proposals would have a detrimental impact on California’s low-income children. We have taken the following positions on key provisions of the governor’s proposed budget that impact children’s health care. (February 2012)

The future of Healthy Families: Transitioning to 2014 and beyond

This issue brief by Stan Dorn of the Urban Institute summarizes research commissioned by the 100% Campaign to analyze several policy options and scenarios for children currently eligible for the Healthy Families Program. (February 2012)

Comments on Essential Health Benefits for Children

Led by the 100% Campaign, 15 California-based organizations sent a letter responding to the federal Department of Health and Human Services’ proposed regulatory approach in defining the Essential Health Benefits (EHB) under the Affordable Care Act and on the need to define a strong and comprehensive package for children, with the recommendation that the EHB standard be based on the Medicaid Early Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (ESPDT) framework that takes into consideration childrens' specific health needs. (January 2012)

Letter to Legislative Budget Subcommittees on Governor's Proposal to Shift Healthy Families Into Medi-Cal

Leading children's health advocates  weigh in on the Governor’s proposal to shift children from Healthy Families into Medi-Cal. The letter clearly states that we have serious concerns with this proposal, and lay forward a rationale for transitioning the “bright-line” kids first with critical safeguards in place. We stand ready to work closely with state officials on a thoughtful solution that prioritizes the needs of children. (January 2012)

The Future of Healthy Families: Transitioning to 2014 and Beyond

This presentation by Stan Dorn of the Urban Institute at a Capitol briefing summarizes research commissioned by the 100% Campaign to analyze several policy options and scenarios for children currently eligible for the Healthy Families Program. (December 2011)

Letter to Congressional Supercommitte to Protect Children's Health Coverage

Leading children's health advocates from The Children’s Partnership, Children Now, the Children’s Defense Fund-California, California Coverage & Health Intiatives, and the United Ways of California urge the Congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to protect children's health coverage through Medicaid and CHIP. (November 2011)

 

Comments on Proposed Federal Rules on Eligibility for Exchanges, Medicaid, and Premium Tax Credits

Comments submmited by leading California children's health advocates to federal agencies regarding proposed rules related to eligibility under Affordable Care Act Exchanges, premium tax credits, and Medicaid changes . (October 2011)

Comments on Proposed Federal Rules on Establishment of Exchanges

Comments submmited by leading California children's health advocates to federal agencies regarding proposed rules related to the establishment of Affordable Care Act Exchanges. (October 2011)

Statewide Guiding Principles for Consumer-Focused Navigators in California

California should use the flexibility granted in the ACA to develop a navigator program within the California Health Benefit Exchange (HBEX) that best protects and serves children, families, adults, small businesses (including self-employed consumers), and those eligible for public programs in California. To that end, we recommend the guiding principles below to ensure a program with consumer-focused navigators in California. (October 2011)

Letter on Essential Health Benefits for Children

Led by the 100% Campaign, 26 California-based organizations sent a letter to to the federal Department of Health and Human Services on the need to define a strong and comprehensive Essential Health Benefits (EHB) package for children under the Affordable Care Act, with the recommendation that the EHB standard be based on the Medicaid Early Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (ESPDT) framework that takes into consideration children's specific health needs (e.g., developmental screenings, dental check-ups, etc.). (October 2011)

Facts About Health Coverage for African American Children in California

This factsheet summarizes some key facts about coverage, access to care, and the health of African American children in California. (August 2011)

Facts About Health Coverage for Asian & Pacific Islander Children in California

This factsheet summarizes some key facts about coverage, access to care, and the health of Asian & Pacific Islander children in California. (August 2011)

Facts About Health Coverage for Children in California

This factsheet summarizes some key facts about coverage, access to care, and the health of children in California. (July 2011)

Facts About Health Coverage for Latino Children in California

This factsheet summarizes some key facts about coverage, access to care, and the health of Latino children in California. (July 2011)

2011-12 Budget Cuts Threaten Children's Health

Children’s health has been jeopardized by significant state budget cuts over the past few years, and this year was no exception. This factsheet describes the status of budget reductions to children’s health coverage adopted in March and June 2011, and outlines what California can do to reveerse the damage and strengthen children's health. (July 2011)

Did You Know?: Young Adults Have New Health Care Options in California

New health coverage options are available for the 1.2 million Californians ages 18-25 who do not have health insurance. For example, thanks to the federal Affordable Care Act, young adults under age 26 are eligible for health coverage under a parent’s plan - even if they’ve graduated from school, celebrated a birthday, or moved out on their own, they no longer have to risk losing their health coverage. This new coverage guide gives a brief overview of the major health coverage options for uninsured young adults in California. Also available in Spanish. (June 2011)

Opposition to Medicaid Cost-Sharing

Over twenty California advocacy organizations express their opposition to unaffordable and illegal Medicaid cost-sharing provisions. (June 2011)

Letter to Legislative Budget Subcommittees on Governor's May Revise Proposal to Shift Healthy Families Into Medi-Cal

Leading children's health advocates from The Children’s Partnership, Children Now, the Children’s Defense Fund-California, PICO California and the United Ways of California weigh in on the proposal to shift children from Healthy Families into Medi-Cal. The letter clearly states that while we believe this proposal has merit, there are several issues that must be addressed before these children are transferred, and we stand ready to work closely with state officials on a thoughtful solution that prioritizes the needs of children. (May 2011)

On the Chopping Block: Real Stories of California Families Impacted by Budget Cuts to Healthy Families and Medi-Cal
Another round of cost-sharing increases, as passed in the FY 2011-2012 budget, will cause real and lasting hardship for California families.  Below are some of the stories of families who benefit from Healthy Families and Medi-Cal but are “on the chopping block” and at risk of losing their coverage. (April 2011)

Did You Know? Children with Pre-Existing Conditions Have Health Care Options in California

 This family-friendly flyer provides information about health care and coverage options for children with special health care needs and pre-existing health conditions. Developed in collaboration with Family Voices of California, the Children’s Specialty Care Coalition, and the Family Resource Centers Network of California, the flyer is available in English, Spanish, and Chinese. (March 2011)

The Affordable Care Act: Benefiting Children and Families Across California

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), signed into law on March 23, 2010, is already helping California families get and keep the health coverage they need for their children so they can grow up healthy and strong.  Here are some of the stories of California families who have been helped by the new law.  (March 2011)

A Summary of Children's Uninsurance and Public Health Coverage by County

This chart lists the number of children that are: (a) uninsured, (b) enrolled in Healthy Families, (c) enrolled in Medi-Cal, and (d) estimates of those currently uninsuerd children eligible for Healthy Families or Medi-Cal in each county or rural county group. (March 2011)

The First Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act: Expanding & Improving Health Coverage for Children and Youth

It has been one year since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the nation’s new health care law. The ACA is already improving health coverage and access for millions of California’s children and young adults, and will strengthen health care even more in the future. As a result of the ACA, California children have better access to quality, affordable coverage that can’t be taken away when they need it most. (March 2011)

Keep Healthy Families Accessible: A Prescription for the Health of California's Children

Healthy Families, California’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), covers children in working families who earn too much to qualify for Medi-Cal, but cannot get or afford coverage in the private market. Parents pay "sliding scale" premiums that increase with income, as well as co-payments. The Governor’s FY 2011-12 budget proposes yet another premium hike – this time nearly double what families are currently paying. If the Legislature approves this premium increase, families who paid Healthy Families premiums of $9/month two years ago will pay $30/month this year – an increase of 233%. (February 2011)

Governor’s Budget Would Slash Children’s Health at Worst Possible Time

The Governor’s January budget rehashes ill-conceived proposals to undermine children’s health. Vast

proposed cuts to health programs, combined with previous cuts to children’s health, education, and

safety, threaten to decimate California families. Cutbacks in children’s health will put billions of federal

dollars at risk and make it harder for children to access needed health care. (January 2011)

Every Child Is Eligible for Coverage: An End to Coverage Denials for Pre-Existing Conditions

The days when insurers are able to discriminate against the sickest children are history. Because of recent changes to state and federal health care laws, as of September 23, 2010, insurers are no longer allowed to deny health coverage to children because of a pre-existing condition. This important new protection for children creates a fairer insurance market and sets the stage for private market reform in 2014. (November 2010)

California Health Benefit Exchange & Children’s Health Coverage

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), signed by President Obama on March 23, 2010, provides new ways to make health insurance coverage more accessible and affordable for families. For example, the ACA allows states to create a Health Insurance Exchange where families can shop for private coverage, and some families will get tax credits to help pay for coverage. California has already taken the first steps to create an Exchange that will provide new affordable coverage opportunities for millions of children and their family members, beginning in 2014. (October 2010)

Comments Regarding Exchange-Related Provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Comments submitted by the California children’s health coverage coalition (100% Campaign – The Children’s Partnership, Children Now, and Children’s Defense Fund-California -- along with PICO California, the California Children’s Health Initiatives, and United Ways of California) to Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services) and Director Jay Angoff (Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight for the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services) regarding exchange-related provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). (October 2010) 

Comments on Preventive Services under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act 

Comments submitted by the California children’s  health coverage coalition (100% Campaign – The Children’s Partnership, Children Now, and Children’s Defense Fund-California -- along with PICO California, the California Children’s Health Initiatives, and United Ways of California)  to the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight regarding the Interim Final Rules for Group Health Plans and Health Insurance Issuers Relating to Coverage of Preventive Services under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  (September 2010)

Healthy Families Enrollment Drops When Families Need it Most

The Healthy Families Program provides low-cost health insurance for nearly 900,000 California children, however, in the last year alone, Healthy Families enrollment has dropped off by 53,000 children, at a time when one would expect enrollment to be increasing more than usual due to the economic recession. (August 2010)

The New Health Care Law: Just What the Doctor Ordered for California’s Children!  

The nation’s new health care law is improving health coverage and access for California’s kids now, and strengthens children’s health even more in the future. California children will have better access to quality, affordable coverage that can’t be taken away when they need it most. (August 2010)

Premium Increases of Nearly 250% Over Last 18 Months Proposed for Low-Income Children in Healthy Families

Since February 2009, families with children in the Healthy Families Program have seen their premiums and co-payments skyrocket. Under the Governor’s FY 2010-2011 budget proposal, many families would face the steepest Healthy Families premium increases yet. Another round of cost-sharing hikes will further undermine children’s access to health care, causing an estimated 120,528 children to lose Healthy Families coverage, and could also potentially jeopardize $26.5 billion in federal Medicaid matching funds for California. (June 2010

Governor’s May Revise Budget Proposes to Put Critical Health Care Services Out of Reach for Children and Families

The Governor’s May Revision to the 2010-2011 state budget proposes to balance California’s budget on the back of low income children and families.  Huge proposed cuts to health programs, child welfare services, child care, and education, combined with the proposed elimination of CalWORKS, threaten to decimate California families.  CalWORKS currently provides money for basic needs for over a million children, and helps parents find jobs. If eliminated, California will be the only state without an assistance program for these families. (June 2010)

Making National Health Reform a Win for California Children

With the recent enactment of federal health care reform, more California children will gain coverage and important protections to help them maintain meaningful health insurance. It also presents an

opportunity to do things right for children. In several cases, the new law sets a floor, not a ceiling, and California must leverage these opportunities to ensure that all children have access to comprehensive affordable health care. The 100% Campaign has put forth general principles and policy priorites to guide the state’s implementation of reform in a way that will provide the best outcomes for California's children and families. (May 2010)

Strong Dental Benefits: Cost-Effective and Critical to Children’s Overall Health and Success

Tooth decay is the most prevalent chronic health problem in children, ahead of asthma, hay fever, and diabetes. California’s policymakers have severely cut children’s oral health services over the past few years, worsening a system that already fails to meet the needs of too many California children. Ironically, preventive children’s oral health services are incredibly cost-effective and should instead be strengthened in the state budget. (May 2010)

Preserving California Children’s Coverage: Health Care Reform’s Maintenance of Effort

As part of the effort to secure and expand health coverage, the recently-enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires states to maintain the coverage currently available under their Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP, called Healthy Families in California) and Medicaid programs. This factsheet includes basic information about this Maintenance of Effort (MOE) that has relevance for California’s state’s budget. The federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services is expected to issue specific guidance on the MOE within the next few weeks. (April 2010)

Assembly Bill 2477 (Jones): Now is the Time to Cut Red Tape for Children, Families, and the State

Currently, California children enrolled in Medi-Cal must re-apply for health coverage once a year. However, unless the Governor and Legislature act, beginning in January 2011, families will be forced to renew their child’s Medi-Cal coverage every six months. This requirement, called Mid-Year Status Reporting (MSR), essentially buries families in paperwork so that the children of those who can’t keep up are dropped – and the state no longer pays for their health coverage. Assembly Bill 2477 (Jones) would repeal MSRs so that children eligible for Medi-Cal would not have to jump through additional hoops to keep their coverage. (Updated April 2010)

Health Care Reform:  What It Means for California’s Children

With the passage of federal health care reform and the soon-to-pass revision package, more California children will gain coverage and important protections to keep meaningful health insurance. Download this factsheet to read more about the major impacts. (March 2010)

Low-Income Children On Healthy Families Could See Premiums Increase at Twice the Rate of Anthem Blue Cross’ Massive Premium Hikes

Since February 2009, families who have children enrolled in the Healthy Families Program have seen their premiums and copayments increase dramatically, and many families face the steepest premium increase yet under Governor Schwarzenegger’s FY 2010-2011 budget proposal. (March 2010)

Governor’s Budget Proposals Attack Children’s Health: At Least 200,000 Children Would Lose Health Coverage

On January 8, the Governor released a budget proposal that would decimate California children’s health programs. The level of devastation depends on whether the federal government provides a “trigger” threshold level of additional funding for California ($6.9 billion). If the trigger amount is NOT provided, the Governor proposes to completely eliminate the Healthy Families Program – kicking 1,041,100 children out of a successful affordable health coverage program and forfeiting nearly $800 million in federal funds to save only $126 million in General Fund dollars. Even if the trigger amount is provided, the Governor would reduce eligibility for the Healthy Families Program to 200% of the federal poverty level (FPL) – forcing an estimated 216,470 children out of the program – while also eliminating vision benefits and increasing family premiums. Download this factsheet to see the projected impacts to children in your county. (Updated March 2010)

More Than One Million California Children Could Lose Health Coverage Under Governor’s Budget Proposals

In his attempt to address a current year budget shortfall of $6.6 billion and a 2010-11 budget year projected deficit of $19.9 billion, the Governor’s budget plan released on January 8 includes proposals that are particularly harmful to the health of low-income children.  One proposal would eliminate health care coverage for hundreds of thousands of California children, and an alternative proposal would eliminate coverage for over a million California children. (Updated March 2010)

Now is the Time to Cut Red Tape for Children, Families, and the State

California children enrolled in Medi-Cal must currently re-apply once a year. However, beginning in January 2011, children will be required to renew their Medi-Cal coverage every six months. This requirement, called Mid-Year Status Reporting (MSR), essentially buries eligible children in paperwork so those who can’t keep up are dropped – and the State no longer pays for their health coverage. If the Legislature and Governor do not act, implementation of MSR in January 2011 will trigger unnecessary administrative costs and the disenrollment of 174,500 children over a one-year period. (December 2009)

The Healthy Families Program in the Aftermath of the 2009-10 California Budget Crisis

This summer, the Healthy Families Program was severely shaken by massive budget cuts. The Program was even forced to temporarily close enrollment at a time of unprecedented need. Download this publication to see a timeline outlining events of the past six months, as they relate to children's health and the Healthy Families Program. The precariousness of the Healthy Families Program underscores the need for a long-term solution that will provide affordable health coverage to all children. (November 2009)

Healthier Kids, Stronger Families & A Better Future for California: Success Stories About Covering Uninsured Children Through Medi-Cal and Healthy Families

Medi-Cal and Healthy Families, as well as local children's health initiatives, are lifelines for children who have no other access to affordable health coverage. In fact, without Medi-Cal and Healthy Families, nearly four and a half million additional California children would be uninsured. The story of children's health coverage, however, is not merely a story about numbers. In this packet, California families share their personal experiences in the hope that all of our state's children will one day have health coverage that meets their needs at a cost their parents can afford. (October 2009)

Children's Health Coverage by Congressional District in California: Rate and Rank for Private, Public, and Uninsurance

This chart lists the percentage of children, in each California congressional district that are: (a) insured through private coverage, (b) insured through public coverage, and (c) uninsured. (October 2009)

What the State Budget Will Mean for Children in California Counties

Unless our state leaders and other champions for children's health step forward NOW, approximately 330,000 children will be denied entry into the Program (and placed on a ‘wait list'), and 670,000 children will be actively disenrolled from the Program, beginning October 1, 2009. In total, more than one million children could be denied affordable health coverage. Download this document to find out how many children in your county would be harmed. (August 2009)

What the State Budget Conference Committee Proposal Really Means for Children's Coverage

The Healthy Families Program is facing a possible shortfall of $90 million due to underfunding in the Governor's May Revise budget combined with a $70 million cut in the Budget Conference Committee's current budget package. Without other funding sources to fill the gap, the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board (MRMIB) would be forced to deny coverage to new applicants starting July 17, 2009, and also to disenroll some children from coverage to achieve such a high level of savings. An estimated total of 570,000 children could be denied health coverage. (June 2009)

Governor's Proposal Would Drop At Least One Million Children From Health Coverage Programs

In an attempt to help fill the state's estimated $24.3 billion 2009-10 budget shortfall, the Governor's budget proposals would make devastating cuts to children's health care. On May 21, the Governor presented a proposal that would completely eliminate the Healthy Families Program. (June 2009)

Governor Proposes to Eliminate Healthy Families Program: More Than 940,000 Children Would Lose Health Coverage

Download this factsheet from the California Budget Project to see how many children in your county would lose Healthy Families coverage under the Governor's proposal. (June 2009)

Governor's Budget Proposals Attack Children's Health: At Least 225,000 Children Would Lose Health Coverage

On May 14, the Governor released two 2009-10 budget scenarios proposing a litany of cuts to address either a $15.4 billion or $21.3 billion deficit. Both proposals recommend short-sighted decimation of California children's health programs. The Governor even proposes reducing eligibility for the Healthy Families Program for the first time ever - in other words, forcing 225,000 children out of this successful and cost-effective coverage program during the worst recession in our state's recent history. Download this factsheet to find out how many children in your county would lose health coverage. (May 2009)

California's Legislature Must Fully Fund Healthy Families in the 2009-2010 Budget

The current economic crisis means that more Californians than ever are turning to Medi-Cal and Healthy Families to cover their uninsured children. The UC Berkeley Labor Center estimates 300,000 California children lost employer-based coverage between November 2007 and February 2009. In these tough financial times, state elected officials must protect the health and well-being of our children. (May 2009)

Senate Bill 311:  Leveraging New Federal Dollars, Allowing More Children to Access Doctors and Preventive Care

Senate Bill 311 (Alquist) would take advantage of the tremendous opportunities in the recently-passed federal Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) to help cover more uninsured children in California. Today, more than ever, California families rely on affordable coverage options for their children. Approximately 300,000 California children lost employer-based coverage from November 2007 to February 2009. (May 2009)

Federal Funding Could Help California's Bottom Line: Opportunities for CHIPRA Performance Bonus

With the enactment of the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA), states have been given tremendous incentives to maximize enrollment for more low-income uninsured children who qualify for Medi-Cal. Now, more than ever, low-income families struggling in this economy need coverage for their children. CHIPRA offers fiscally prudent opportunities for states like California facing budget deficits. (May 2009)

Crossing the Finish Line: The Strategy for Covering All California Children by 2010

The 100% Campaign, PICO California, and the American Academy of Pediatrics - California District continue to lead a campaign to protect the gains that have been made in children's health, and to finish the job of ensuring access to affordable health coverage for all children. Based on the current environment, our partnership is convinced that the best way forward is to: 1) protect children's current coverage from budget threats, while leveraging new federal funds to enroll eligible uninsured children, and to 2) secure long-term funding for children's coverage by placing an initiative before the voters in November 2010. (April 2009)

Federal CHIP Reauthorization: An Opportunity for California to Cover More Uninsured Children

The enactment of a robust Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) reauthorization bill - H.R. 2 (CHIPRA 2009) - demonstrates a strong commitment by Congress and President Obama to cover millions of the nation's uninsured children during this difficult economic time. This report outlines the key provisions in CHIPRA 2009 and what California will need to do to take advantage of the opportunities presented in the legislation. (March 2009)

California's Budget Impacts on Children's Health

After a months-long protracted debate, on February 19th, the Legislature finally passed an 18-month budget plan to close the $41.6 billion state deficit. Governor Schwarzenegger signed the plan into law the following day. This fact sheet outlines how children's health coverage fared in the budget deal and what actions need to be taken to protect children's health coverage. (March 2009)

Mid-Year Status Reports Must Be Repealed

The 100% Campaign and PICO California strongly urge repeal of Mid-Year Status Reports (MSRs) for children in Medi-Cal. Unless they are repealed, MSRs will cause more than a quarter of a million children to lose their health coverage over the next three years; additionally, if MSRs are implemented, the state will be ineligible to receive the $11.23 billion in federal Medicaid matching funds that have been targeted for California state relief. (March 2009)

Uninsured Children by California District

For a chart that lists the number - and percent - of uninsured children in each California legislative and congressional district, download the PDF. (February 2009)

The Importance of Providing Health Coverage to All Children

Health coverage is the ticket to consistent, preventive health care for children; it keeps them healthy and ready to learn. During economic downturns, it is even more important to ensure that children have the security of health coverage. In fact, now more than ever, we cannot afford to let children go without cost-effective coverage that will save the state money in the long run. (January 2009)

A Summary of Children's Uninsurance and Public Health Coverage by County

This chart lists the number of children that are: (a) uninsured, (b) enrolled in Healthy Families, and (c) enrolled in Medi-Cal in each county or rural county group. (January 2009)

Federal Economic Recovery Proposals for State Relief: A Cost-Free Opportunity to Save California Children's Coverage

Congress is debating an economic recovery package to help mitigate the impact of the country's current economic crisis. Congressional passage of an economic recovery bill would be timely for California's goal of investing in protecting children's health coverage to avoid costly growth in the number of uninsured children. (January 2009)

Help Us Provide All Children Affordable Health Coverage by Sharing Stories about the Importance of Medi-Cal, Healthy Families and Healthy Kids

To ensure the well-being of all California children and support our state's future, California's public health insurance programs--Medi-Cal, Healthy Families and Healthy Kids--need to be protected and expanded. Now, more than ever, during this economic crisis, children need these health coverage programs. You can help! (January 2009)

Senate Bill 1 -- Children's Health Care Coverage

An estimated 683,000 children in California (6.4%) currently lack health insurance coverage. SB 1 (Steinberg/Alquist) would ensure that all of California's uninsured children have access to health coverage so that they may grow up healthy and strong. It would also ease the enrollment process for families and help keep children covered while they are eligible. (January 2009)

Senate Bill 1 (Steinberg/Alquist) Sample Support Letter

Template to assist your organization's letter of support for SB 1. (January 2009)

Children's Health Coverage Still Under Attack in State Budget

On New Year's Eve, Governor Schwarzenegger released his 2009-10 budget. While we applaud the Governor's proposals for new revenue to help address the deficit - which is projected to reach $41.7 billion over the next 18 months - the plan includes cuts to critical programs that provide health coverage for millions of California children. These cuts are on top of devastating cuts the Governor and Legislature made to children's coverage last year. (January 2009)

Finishing the Job of Covering All California Children

With 93% of children in California already insured, we are close to finishing the job of covering all kids. The 100% Campaign, PICO California, and numerous partners have developed a policy framework to guide our efforts. (January 2009)

Governor's Special Session Budget Proposals Would Result in the First Ever Freeze on the Successful Healthy Families Program

Taken together, the proposals for fiscal year 2008-2009 would lead to nearly 500,000 children losing health coverage. This is occurring at a time when families are struggling to keep their heads above water during this economic downturn-when families need the support of programs, such as Medi-Cal and Healthy Families. (November 2008)

California's Children Need a Strong SCHIP Reauthorization Before March 2009

State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) funding from the federal government supports California's Healthy Families Program, which provides low-cost health coverage to more than 850,000 children in families with incomes too high for Medicaid but too low to afford private coverage. The deadline for SCHIP reauthorization is looming; federal SCHIP funding expires on March 31, 2009. (August 2008)

Critical Condition: Emerging Crisis in Children's Health Coverage

Despite significant gains over the past several years in providing more children with health coverage, California is on the verge of taking a huge step backward by increasing the number of uninsured children in our state to more than one million kids. (August 2008)

AB 1 (Laird/Dymally) / SB 32 (Steinberg): Children's Health Insurance

This legislation would ensure that all California children have access to health coverage.  These bills would also ease the enrollment process for families and help keep children covered for as long as they are eligible. (July 2008)

Senate Floor Alert - AJR 54 (Laird) State Children's Health Insurance Program

AJR 54 (Laird) urges the President and Congress to rescind a federal directive that would threaten federal funding for the health coverage of over 34,000 California children, thereby creating a gap in the state budget. (July 2008)

Semi-Annual Reporting: As Harmful to Children As Quarterly Status Reporting

On May 30, 2008, the Senate Budget Committee modified the Governor's budget proposal that would require families to renew Medi-Cal coverage quarterly, opting instead for a semi-annual requirement. According to "churning" studies, however, this requirement would be just as harmful, and would lead to 471,500 children losing health coverage. (June 2008)

Governor's May Revise Budget Would Dramatically Increase Number of Uninsured Children: Over 500,000 California Children Would Lose Coverage Under Irresponsible Plan

Governor Schwarzenegger's revised budget proposal for 2008-09 (the "May Revise") continues to undercut his commitment to provide health coverage for all California children. (May 2008)

One Size Doesn't Fit All: California's Higher Cost of Living Warrants Continued State Flexibility for Children's Health Coverage

The federal government must not penalize California children simply because their parents work in a costly state. States need continued flexibility to set threshold income levels to provide working families the opportunity to purchase affordable health coverage for their children. (May 2008)

Medi-Cal Covers Only Those Who Qualify: Many Safeguards are Already in Place

Amidst state budget deficits, many want to ensure that state funds are not being wasted-particularly on the provision of benefits to those who are not eligible. Fortunately, the Medi-Cal program has already instituted very rigorous and effective processes to assure sound program integrity. (April 2008)

Governor's Proposed Red Tape Would Cost Nearly 500,000 Children Their Health Insurance

Governor Schwarzenegger's proposal would force families to renew their Medi-Cal health coverage every 3 months (quarterly status reports), rather than the current once-a-year. In effect, the proposal buries children in paperwork so those who can't keep up are dropped-and the state no longer has to pay for their health coverage. (April 2008)

Proposed State Budget Jeopardizes Health Coverage for More Than 500,000 Children

Governor Schwarzenegger's 2008/2009 budget proposal undercuts his commitments to reform the state health care system and to provide health coverage for all California children. (April 2008)

"Increasing Premiums for Healthy Families," from the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University

National experts at the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University developed this research memo about the expected impact of increasing Healthy Families Program premiums on children's health coverage. (April 2008)

Proposed Cuts to Medi-Cal Administrative Budgets Would Limit Children's Access to Care

In addition to proposed changes to the Medi-Cal and Healthy Families programs which would cause over 500,000 California children to lose health coverage, the Governor proposes cutting county Medi-Cal administrative costs by 10%, resulting in delayed processing of health coverage applications for children and, ultimately, in children going without needed health care.  (April 2008)

Filling California's Budget Deficit: Federal Economic Stimulus Proposals for State Relief Could Help

California is one of 25 states experiencing significant budget deficits during this period of national economic downturn. Federal economic stimulus proposals could provide significant funds to help California fill its remaining budget deficit. (April 2008)

SB 437 is Smart Medicine for California's Children and the State's Bottom Line

SB 437 was passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor in 2006. Now, California legislators should reject any shortsighted recommendation to further delay implementation of SB 437's efficiencies. (April 2008)

Governor's Budget Threatens Children's Health in Every County

This factsheet provides details about the number of children in each county that will be affected by the proposed budget cuts. (April 2008)

Limiting Healthy Families Dental Benefits Will Leave Children Without Treatment, In Pain and Unable to Learn

The Governor's 2008/2009 budget proposes a $1,000 annual limit on Healthy Families Program dental coverage for each child which, if implemented, will compromise the health of an estimated 45,000 children enrolled in the program. (March 2008)

Cuts to Medi-Cal & Healthy Families Rates Mean More Children Will Go Without Needed Health Care

Cuts to already low rates jeopardize access to needed preventive and specialty health care services for nearly 4 million California children. (March 2008)

Increased Premiums and Co-payments Would Put Health Insurance Out of Reach for Many Low-Income Children

The Governor's 2008-09 budget proposal calls for increasing health insurance premiums and co-payments for children in the Healthy Families Program. The Administration's own estimates indicate that implementing this policy would result in 60,000 to 70,000 children losing their health coverage. (March 2008)

SCHIP Reauthorization: Ensuring the Health of California's Children and What You Can Do to Ensure the Future of California Children's Health

Since 1997, the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) - called Healthy Families in California - has successfully provided health coverage for low- and moderate-income children. In August 2007, however, a federal directive was issued that would limit federal funding for enrolled children in families above 250% of the poverty level; in California alone, over 34,000 children would be in jeopardy of losing their current health care. (February 2008)

Crowd Out Brief: Medi-Cal and Healthy Families Protect Children Against Erosion in Employer Coverage

When policy makers look for solutions to extend health coverage to uninsured individuals, the challenge is to direct government subsidies as efficiently as possible to minimize "crowding out," or displacing, current coverage contributions that are already being made. In fact, crowd-out has not been a significant concern when extending public coverage to more children. (October 2007)

AB 420 (Wolk): Targeting the WIC Gateway for Children's Health Coverage

This fact sheet explains why AB 420 is needed and what it will do. (March 2007)

2007 Effort to Cover All Kids

This fact sheet provides an overview of Californians for Healthy Kids' strategy for covering all children in 2007 by highlighting the challenges, goals, and vehicles for success. (February 2007)

Covering All Kids: How You Can Help

We are close to finishing the job of providing comprehensive, affordable health coverage for all kids. However, 763,000 children are still uninsured. We can finish the job by 2010. Download this factsheet to learn how you can get involved. (January 2007)

Ensuring Coverage for all of California's Children

These two fact sheets document how many children in California are uninsured and why it is important to cover all children now. Children with health coverage are healthier and they perform better in school. Covering all children is even good for the economy. (November 2006)

Electronic Enrollment in Health Insurance: Using Technology to Enroll Children in California's Existing Health Insurance Programs

This fact sheet describes the 100% Campaign's proposal for the creation and implementation of an Electronic Enrollment Gateway, which would allow children to enroll into Medi-Cal and Healthy Families at the same time that they enroll into other public programs. (October 2006)

Información sobre Proposición 86

Este documento contiene seis páginas de información sobre la Proposición 86. (October 2006)

CHK 2006 Accomplishments

Californians for Healthy Kids--100% Campaign and the PICO California Project--won a number of significant improvements to Medi-Cal and the Healthy Families Program in 2006. SB 437 was signed by Governor Schwarzenegger and the state budget established notable improvements. (September 2006)

Ensuring All Children Have Access to Affordable Coverage: What You Can Do to Help

This fact sheet lists ways you can help make sure Proposition 86 passes on November 7, 2006. (September 2006)

Children's Health Improvements in the 2006-07 California Budget

Californians for Healthy Kids (CHK) summary of children's health improvements in 2006-07 state budget. (August 2006)

SB 437: Health Insurance for California's Children

This fact sheet describes SB 437 (Escutia/Chan/Frommer), the legislative effort to ensure all of California's children have access to affordable, comprehensive health coverage. (August 2006)

Reaching Uninsured Children in Provisional Schools Through Express Enrollment Strategies

The Children's Partnership has written this issue brief that provides a roadmap of health care outreach strategies that California's provisional schools can employ. (August 2006)

2006 Effort to Cover All Kids

This fact sheet provides an overview of Proposition 86 and Californians for Healthy Kids' strategy for covering all children in 2006. (July 2006)

En Espanol - Support Proposition 86: What You Can Do

(August 2006)

Enrollment and Retention Patterns Among Healthy Families Participants in Mendocino County

This study by the California Institute for Rural Studies demonstrates that the provision of health coverage to children is an effective means of improving access to care and access to health coverage. (May 2006)

Self-Declaration of Income Options for California

California could make significant strides in increasing enrollment of children eligible for Medi-Cal and Healthy Families, by simplifying and modernizing the enrollment process. The 100% Campaign contracted Health Management Associates (HMA) to develop a proposal for how California could implement a policy of paperless income verification for children applying for Medi-Cal and Healthy Families, without compromising the programs' integrity. (May 2006)

Opening Doorways to Health Care for Children: 10 Steps to Ensure that Eligible but Uninsured Children Get Health Insurance

This report by The Children's Partnership lays out a 10-step plan to enroll "eligible but uninsured" children into Medicaid and SCHIP. (May 2006)

En Espanol - Californians for Healthy Kids: 2006 Effort to Cover All Kids

(April 2006)

En Espanol - Facts About Proposition 86: Improving the Health of California's Children

(April 2006)

Covering All Kids: Proposition 86

This Yes on Prop. 86 Campaign fact sheet outlines what a "yes" vote would mean for California, with emphasis on the children's health coverage portion of the initiative. (April 2006)

The Tobacco Tax of 2006: Initiative Measure to Be Submitted to Voters

Official initiative language on file with the Office of the Attorney General. (December 2005)

Coalition Files initiative to Fund Children's Health Insurance

This fact sheet outlines the children's health coverage portion of the Tobacco Tax Act of 2006. (December 2005)

Challenged by Their Success: Healthy Kids Program Enrollment Caps and Waiting Lists

This policy brief by the Institute for Health Policy Solutions documents how local Children's Health Initiatives (CHIs) have run short of funds to meet demand. (October 2005)

Outline of California Healthy Kids Legislation SB 437 and AB 772

A growing number of California organizations are joining together in an effort to ensure that every child has access to affordable health coverage. This fact sheet outlines the scope of SB 437 (Escutia) and AB 772 (Chan)--legislation that would make that goal a reality. (September 2005)

Outline of California Healthy Kids Legislation SB 437 and AB 772

This fact sheet covers legislation that would ensure every child in California has access to affordable health coverage. (September 2005)

Estimating Annual County Revenues from Enrolling Eligible Uninsured Children and Youth into Medi-Cal and Healthy Families

This series of fact sheets by The California Endowment provides an overview of the status of children's uninsurance in California by region. (July 2005)

Mapping Children's Health Coverage Enrollment

This report contains nine maps developed by the Children's Health Initiative of Greater Los Angeles and the 100% Campaign. These maps lay out the complex process of how uninsured children in Los Angeles County really attain and maintain health coverage through Medi-Cal, Healthy Families and Healthy Kids. (July 2005)

California Medi-Cal Insurance: Affordable, Efficient and Essential Health Care for Californians

This fact sheet provides general background on Medi-Cal, California's Medicaid Program. (June 2005)

SB 437/AB 772 Fact Sheet

This fact sheet covers background on the Californians for Healthy Kids, its reform proposal to cover all children and the proposal's fiscal implications. (May 2005)

Santa Clara County Healthy Kids Evaluation

This April 2005 evaluation of the Santa Clara County Healthy Kids program found that it fills a crucial health coverage gap for children. Since it was launched in 2001, Healthy Kids has insured nearly 30,000 children in Santa Clara County.  (May 2005)

How Much Does Churning in Medi-Cal Cost?

This report, commissioned by The California Endowment, investigates the cost of "churning" in California's Medi-Cal and Medi-Cal managed care programs. (May 2005)

Status of Children's Health Initiatives

This map of California shows the status of Children's Health Initiatives by county. (April 2005)

Californians for Healthy Kids: Questions and Answers

This fact sheet covers general questions on the Californians for Healthy Kids campaign. (December 2004)

Providing Health Insurance to Every Child in California

This fact sheet outlines the 100% Campaign's involvement in the Californians for Healthy Kids campaign. (December 2004)

Children's Insurance Coverage Increases as Result of Public Program Expansion

This fact sheet by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research shows children's coverage increases as a result of public program expansion. (December 2004)

Pilot Projects Link Health Insurance and Child Care

A brief follow-up to Go Where They Are, this document outlines promising projects that utilize child care settings to enroll eligible children in health coverage programs. (November 2004)

 

Modernizing Enrollment through Paperless Income Verification: A Smart Approach to Covering More Uninsured Children Eligible for Medi-Cal and Healthy Families

This brief describes how California can simplify enrollment for families applying for Medi-Cal and Healthy Families by eliminating income documentation requirements. (October 2004)

California's Uninsured Children

This fact sheet includes information on income, job-based health coverage, ethnicity and immigration status. (October 2004)

California Performance Review: Comments and Recommendations

This performance review includes suggestions related to enrollment for Medi-Cal and Healthy Families. (August 2004)

Medi-Cal Waiver Memorandum No. 2

This report by Edwin Park of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities provides an update on the risks of Medi-Cal redesign to state finances, beneficiaries and health care providers. (May 2004)

Medi-Cal Redesign: Issues for Children and Families

A primer on the California Health and Human Services' plan to redesign Medi-Cal (April 2004)

Medi-Cal Waiver Memorandum No. 1

This report, co-written by Kristen Testa and Edwin Park of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, outlines risks of Medi-Cal redesign to state finances, beneficiaries and health care providers. (April 2004)

Express Lane Eligibility in California

The Express Lane Eligibility program would put children on the fast track to needed health coverage. (April 2004)

Myths and Facts About the Healthy Families Enrollment Cap Proposal

Governor Schwarzenegger's proposal would freeze Healthy Families enrollment at its January 2004 level. (March 2004)

Myths and Facts About the Healthy Families Enrollment Cap Proposal

Governor Schwarzenegger's proposal would freeze Healthy Families enrollment at its January 2004 level. (March 2004)

Finding Uninsured Kids - Partnering with Small Business

This fact sheet contains information on how small businesses can connect families to public health coverage programs. (January 2004)

Quick Facts About Children's Health Coverage

This fact sheet and action checklist highlights immediate strategies for strengthening and protecting the solid foundation for children's health coverage. (December 2003)

County Data of Eligible But Uninsured Children

This Healthy Families County Data chart displays impacts of an enrollment freeze on eligible but uninsured children. (December 2003)

State Action on Recommended Promising Strategies

This document lists administrative and legislative strategies for improving retention in Healthy Families and Medi-Cal. (September 2003)

Go Where They Are: Working with Child Care Programs to Reach Uninsured California Children

Many low-income working families do not know that their children are eligible for public health coverage or do not know how to enroll them. Finding these children, enrolling them in health coverage, and keeping them enrolled is key to their health. Doing so requires us to go where the children are. (September 2003)

CBOs and the CHDP Gateway

The Covering Kids and Families Project newsletter addresses the role of community-based organizations in enrolling Gateway children. (July 2003)

Medi-Cal Mid-Year Status Reports: More Red Tape Means Less Health Coverage for Kids

Increasing paperwork and bureaucracy for struggling working families on Medi-Cal means more children will lose health coverage-even if they are eligible to receive it. The new requirement on families to re-apply to keep their Medi-Cal coverage every six months (Mid-Year Status Reports) could lead to almost 100,000 families losing Medi-Cal coverage next year. (June 2003)

Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) "Gateway" Program

The CHDP program provides free services to over two million low-income children and youth for the early detection and prevention of disease and disabilities. This fact sheet describes the new CHDP Gateway Program that will be launched on July 1, 2003. (April 2003)

Keeping Children Covered

Moving uninsured children into coverage requires enrolling them and keeping them insured. California has invested millions of dollars to enroll children in both Medi-Cal and Healthy Families. However, our work doesn't end there-we must ensure that children are not dropped from coverage. Children must have stable coverage so that it is there when they need it. (March 2003)

Federal Medicaid Funds to Help Fill California Budget Gaps

Which Federal Proposals Offer State Relief and Which Set States Further Back (March 2003)

Children Falling Through the Health Insurance Cracks

Thousands of California's children are falling off Medi-Cal and Healthy Families every month. Our greatest concern is for those children who unnecessarily lose coverage even though they remain eligible. (January 2003)

County Initiatives Chart

This chart highlights available programs and those in the planning phases; includes information on eligibility, benefits and AB 495 status. (October 23, 2002)

Healthy Families: Family Health Insurance Through One Door

By submitting a "waiver request" to federal officials, California just became one of the first states to develop a plan for using available federal State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) funds to provide health coverage for working parents who lack health insurance but whose children qualify for publicly-funded health coverage. (March 2001)

Reaching 100% of California's Children with Affordable Health Insurance

Of California's over 9 million children, nearly one in five has no health coverage. Today, Californians have a real opportunity to reach 100% of these kids with health coverage. This Strategic Audit lays out a roadmap for getting the job done. (1998)

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