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SUPER BLOG-OFF: Let’s Win This Thing, California!

Posted February 1st, 2013 by and

Editor’s note from the Say Ahhh! blog: Happy Super Bowl Weekend!  As diehard Say Ahhh! fans know, that means its time for our annual Super Blog-Off.  This year, we’ve asked the blogging teams to face off on which state has done more to make the promise of the Affordable Care Act a reality for its [...]

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Meet the Parents

Posted October 24th, 2012 by

By Wendy Lazarus and Laurie Lipper Co-Presidents of The Children’s Partnership The Presidential Debates missed focusing on the job held by 155 million Americans: parenting.  Here are five questions that the candidates should have answered—and still can. The Presidential Debates are over. And despite all the talk about jobs and the economy, there’s one job [...]

Fuzzy Math: Treasury Department says kids don’t count when determining whether family insurance is affordable?

Posted November 30th, 2011 by

Since when is 14,000 no different than 5,000? When the U.S. Treasury Department estimates the affordability of a family’s health insurance. If it goes uncorrected, their fuzzy math may deny affordable health coverage to 270,000 Californians–122,000 of whom are children. While premiums continue to rise across the board, families face particularly steep increases. Since 2003, [...]

Children’s Health Will Pay the Price If Federal Costs Are Shifted to the States

Posted July 7th, 2011 by

As policy makers in Washington DC work to reduce the federal budget deficit, we should all be watching carefully where the budget ax swings, especially when it nears our children. Luckily, California is raising the red flag when proposed federal cuts result in more state costs and less health care services for children. Governor Jerry [...]

The U.S. Shouldn’t Solve Its Debt Problems By Robbing Health Programs for Kids

Posted May 25th, 2011 by

In the discussion about the national debt, the moral imperative of not saddling our children with debt is frequently heralded.  It makes perfect sense that the current generation should find ways to manage finances wisely to avoid such a scenario.  It also makes sense that we should make investments to provide children with the ability [...]

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California is Blazing a Trail on Establishing Health Insurance Exchange Under ACA

Posted September 20th, 2010 by

And we’re off! Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is officially underway! Less than six months after Congress passed the ACA, California has blazed the trail as the first state in the nation to create a statewide Health Insurance Exchange under the Act. Two complementary pieces of legislation create the California Health Benefit Exchange [...]

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