Joint letter calling for continuous Medicaid coverage from birth to age 6 submitted by American Academy for Pediatrics, Medicaid Matters, New York Legal Assistance Group, Schuyler Center for Analysis & Advocacy, and The Children’s Agenda
Our comment during the NYS Department of Health’s public hearing on amending the 1115 Medicaid waiver to include continuous Medicaid coverage for eligible children from birth to 6 years old
Position statement on the proposed 2023 New York State Medicaid Waiver
Our testimony on why the 1115 Medicaid waiver must address maternal and child health in a more comprehensive and robust way
A letter from 59 organizations across New York submitted as part of the 1115 Medicaid waiver process calling for maternal and child health to be a priority
Findings from our March 2023 poll of Monroe County parents that focused largely on mental health supports and mental health care
Fact sheet on how the Rochester City School District can provide more mental health supports
Fact sheet explaining what the 1115 Medicaid waiver is and how our advocacy strengthened it to support maternal and child health
Fact sheet about the benefits of home visiting programs for new parents
Fact sheet explaining why New York should allow children to automatically stay covered by Medicaid from birth to age 6
Fact sheet on how public funding and policies can reduce maternal mortality
Fact sheet about why New York needs to strengthen the healthcare safety net and policies to achieve it
Every child and family should have the information, support and care they need from day one. That care should promote well-being and prevent health, mental health and behavioral issues before they happen.
That’s why The Children’s Agenda is working to bring home visiting programs to all families with newborns.
Health equity is a goal we have not yet achieved in New York. It especially impacts women and children with Black women being 5 times more likely to die of pregnancy-related causes than white women and Black infants being more twice as likely to die in the first year of life.
That’s why The Children’s Agenda advocates for doula care to be available to everyone who wants it and for continuous Medicaid coverage from birth to age 6, so kids don’t lose coverage when their families have small and temporary changes in income.
Pediatricians and other primary care providers are never treating only the child. They also are treating the family members and others who care for that child. This requires family-based approaches to health promotion, prevention and intervention.
That’s why The Children’s Agenda advocates for two-generation approaches to health care that place behavioral health specialists in pediatric and primary care practices to address the needs of adults and young children, together.
Because 85% of brain development occurs before children start school, it is critical that all young children receive comprehensive screenings for vision, hearing, motor skills, language, and social-emotional development. When they start school, the interplay between health and educational outcomes must be addressed so children can thrive within and outside of school.
That’s why The Children’s Agenda advocates for community-based, comprehensive developmental screenings, timely access to Early Intervention, sustained availability of Preschool Special Education, and school-based health and mental health centers.
Without an explicit focus on children, New York will fail to achieve its goals of innovation and equity in health care and health outcomes. From high needs urban communities to underserved rural communities, every child and family must have access to health care when they need it.
That’s why The Children’s Agenda advocates for New York to invest in maternal and child health in a way that promotes health equity and eliminates health disparities.
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The Children’s Agenda advocates for effective policies and drives evidenced-based solutions for the health, education and success of children. We are especially committed to children who are vulnerable because of poverty, racism, health inequities and trauma.