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HCFA’S Childrens Enrollment Phone-A-Thon Honored By CMS

Today, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a report on the second anniversary of the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) to highlight the progress states have made to enroll all children in health care coverage.   HCFA is honored that this year’s report recognized our “Got Coverage?” children’s enrollment phone-a-thon as a national standout. The report writes: Read more »

We're Number One - For Kids

The Commonwealth Fund released their 2011 State Scorecard on Child Health System Performance, and Massachusetts was at the top. The Scorecard package includes interactive maps, charts, and more. Read more »

More from HCFA's Legislative Agenda

HCFA has a full plate of legislative proposals for the upcoming session. Last week we highlighted bills from ACT!!, our health reform coalition, and Massachusetts Prescription Reform Coalition. Two more coalition bills are summarized in this post. CHAC, the Children's Health Access Coalition, is sponsoring three bills to improve children's coverage in Massachusetts: Read more »

Re Globe SSI Series: "When did providing health insurance to kids with disabilities become a bad thing?"

Two of our close partners, Linda Landry of the Disability Law Center and Sarah Anderson at Greater Boston Legal Services wrote this response to the Boston Globe series on SSI. Here's their guest post: When did providing health insurance to kids with disabilities become a bad thing? Read more »

Breathtakingly Historic: Universal Coverage for Kids Achieved in MA

For us at HCFA, the report of the continued increase in insurance coverage cheered us yet again. The 2010 Massachusetts Health Insurance Survey from DHCFP reported the extraordinary finding that 98.1% of all Massachusetts residents have coverage, a statistically significant increase from last year's level of 97.3% (full report (pdf); 1-page summary (pdf); press release). Read more »

213 Kids Enrolled - and Counting

September 29th was a very busy and special day at Health Care For All as staff and volunteers were engaged to make a difference in children's lives. Our got coverage? Health Coverage For Kids and Teens campaign launched HCFA's first ever Phone-a-thon to enroll children. Read more »

Accept the Challenge: Enrolling All Kids Into Coverage

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced “The Secretary’s Challenge: Connecting Kids to Coverage,” a campaign that will challenge federal officials, governors, mayors, community organizations, tribal leaders and faith-based organizations to enroll uninsured children who are eligible for Medicaid or CHIP but are not enrolled. In response to the Secretary’s challenge, the got coverage? Health Coverage For Kids and Teens campaign is launching the got coverage? Massachusetts Three-Week Challenge to enroll the remaining 32,000 uninsured children and teens living in... Read more »

What do other 33 states have for children that Massachusetts does not?

Justin is a six year old boy with asthma. He stays healthy and out of the hospital as long as he takes his medications. One morning, Justin’s mom called the Health Care For All's HelpLine in a panic. She went to refill her son’s prescriptions and was told she would have to pay out-of-pocket because her son’s MassHealth coverage was shut off. The medications would cost hundreds of dollars that she did not have. The HCFA HelpLine helped her to reinstate her coverage that was terminated due to a small fluctuation in her income. But it was too late; in the interim Justin had an asthma attack and... Read more »

Children’s Mental Health in Danger: Scott Brown Could Save The Day

In signing the FY 2011 State Budget last week, Governor Patrick made reductions to a number of line items, including three that directly impact children living with mental health needs: · Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services were reduced by $400,000; · Early Education Mental Health Consultations were reduced by $250,000; and · The Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative took more than a $1 million cut. Read more »

Prison Is Not Treatment: Part 2

Back in August, we wrote a blog about young people with mental health needs ending up in prison for lack of community resources.http://blog.hcfama.org/?p=3386 Read more »

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