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How the ACA Helps Low-Income Parents – and Children – Succeed

May 12, 2014
A few weeks ago, President Obama announced that 8 million people have signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) exchanges; 28 percent (about 2.2 million) were between ages 18 and 34. But also important for young adults is the opportunity to sign up for Medicaid, which provides health care for low-income people and, unlike the exchanges, does not have a deadline. Within this group is a large number of low-income parents—and the correspondingly large number of young children whose early life is shaped by these parents' caregiving. For example, a national sample of...
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Looking for health coverage for your kids? We can help!

May 12, 2014
Open Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act Marketplace plans may have ended for now, but did you know that kids, teens up to 19, and some adults may still be eligible for coverage? Enrollment in Indiana Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) is open year-round for kids and adults who qualify. Don’t put off those check-ups, shots, dentist visits, sports or camp physicals, prescriptions, or prenatal care because you think there are no coverage options for you! Covering Kids and Families of Indiana can help you figure out what your family is...
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Mom skills work at home and in DC

May 11, 2014
We know how busy you are, so in appreciation of all you do, we want to share 3 quick gifts from us to you on this special day: Laughter, Inspiration, and Back Up!
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Continuing Access for Kids: There is no end date to staying healthy

May 12, 2014
As mothers, we know that children need ongoing access to health insurance, ensuring that children can readily gain needed care when faced with injury or illness. Whether it’s allergy season, soccer season or flu season, children need uninterrupted access to care. Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provide continuous access to coverage and care year round for eligible children and families. There is no end date to staying healthy. Medicaid and CHIP are important pillars of our health care system. These programs keep families healthy by providing important health care...
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Enrollment still open for Medicaid and CHIP

May 12, 2014
The Children’s Dental Health Project was founded in 1997 with the principle goal of implementing the then-optional dental benefit in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). As more than a decade has passed and CDHP’s mission has grown, so too has dental coverage for children. Thanks to the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization of 2009 (CHIPRA), dental coverage is now mandatory for all state CHIP programs and more than 8 million enrolled children have affordable dental coverage. Like many children’s health organizations, we have expanded our mission to guarantee similar...
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Mother’s Day Might be Behind Us But It’s Not Too Late to Give Mom a Special Gift

May 12, 2014
Yesterday mothers everywhere were showered with love and appreciation for everything they do to keep their children well and happy. If you want to pay one more tribute to a mom you know, it’s not too late for an extra-special gift that doesn’t need to be wrapped in sparkly paper and tied with a bow.
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Kids in California Are Eligible for No-Cost Medi-Cal All Year Round – Let’s Get Them Covered Today

May 12, 2014
Haga clic aquí para leer el artículo en español Summer is almost here and California Coverage & Health Initiatives (CCHI) and all our statewide members want California’s children to be healthy wherever they live and play. Studies show children with health coverage are more likely to thrive and grow up better prepared for life as well as ready to learn in school. This is why we want to remind everyone that enrollment in free health care coverage through California’s Medicaid program, Medi-Cal, is available all year long for children . There is no deadline for applying, so check out if you...
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One less thing to worry about for Mother’s Day

May 12, 2014
Being a mother changes everything. Before you become a mother, people try to explain what that means – no sleep, no privacy (bathrooms seem to have an open door policy in my house), and your fashion sense goes out the window! The thing is, you can’t really know what it means until you are face to face with this other human being who depends on you for EVERYTHING. Once you get over the mind-numbing fear of all that responsibility, you move on to the practical things that you can do. Car seats– check. Bike helmets – check. A sweater for them whenever you get cold – check. A backpack full of...
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On Mother’s Day, Feelings of Gratitude & Frustration

May 11, 2014
Owen was discharged from Hopkins last Tuesday morning. Before we left, the drains were removed from his head and back, he was given his first bath in nearly a week, and we were told that he had been the talk of the floor amongst the nurses because of his cheerful attitude. He literally skipped down the hall waving goodbye to everyone as we left. Our instructions for home are to keep him from acting like a four-year-old boy (no running, no jumping, no wrestling) and to ensure that he doesn’t touch or sleep on his cheek for the next month. Owen is well aware that he has a new cheek and says...
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Sometimes a Mom's best gift is what she doesn't pass on.

May 11, 2014
As I celebrate Mother’s Day, I think of all the great things my mother passed on to me—life lessons, acts of love and sacrifice, and words of encouragement and wisdom. But there’s something else she passed on to me, which I know she wishes she could take back. Without knowing, my mother passed on the hepatitis B virus to me during childbirth. My grandmother also passed it on to her when there was no knowledge hepatitis B even existed. When I was born in the 1970s, the virus had only been discovered a few years before. Forty years after the discovery of the virus, it is standard practice in...
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