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We have updated these popular publications. Partnering with Your Child's Provider provides tips for caregivers on preparing for appointments, meeting with their child's doctor, and follow-up activity. Partnering with Your Child's Health Plan provides tips to help family member meet with their child's health plan to discuss plan policies for CYSHCN and how partnering with families can make a difference. A family story is highlighted.

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New! 2013-2014 F2F Data Report

New! What is “Network Adequacy/Transparency” and What Does it Mean for Families?

New! Infusion Tip Sheet: Mutuality - What it Means and How it Can be Used as a Building Block of Cultural Diversity

The Power of Partnerships: Materials, Photos, and more from the 2014 Family Voices Leadership Meeting

2014 Report on the Activities & Accomplishments of Family-to-Family Health Information Centers

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2012-2013 F2F Data Report

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News & Happenings

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February 25, 2015
Part 2 of a 7 part webinar series sponsored by the New York - Mid-Atlantic Consortium for Genetic and Newborn Screening Services.
February 19, 2015
This 60-minute audio conference offers insight on the federal and private funders trying to reduce instances of bullying through the funding of quality programs.
February 12, 2015
Consumer Voice is hosting a four-part webinar series on advocacy skills.
February 11, 2015
A webinar hosted by the National Consumer Law Center that will discuss strategies and best practices for preventing and advocating for residents facing involuntary discharge from a nursing home.
February 11, 2015
Part 1 of a 7 part webinar series sponsored by the New York - Mid-Atlantic Consortium for Genetic and Newborn Screening Services.
February 6, 2015
An online dialogue for families and professionals to share information and experiences about post secondary programs
February 6, 2015
Kaiser Family Foundation is looking for families to tell their story in a new video, Faces of Medicaid.
February 3, 2015
This webinar hosted by PTI Nebraska will discuss how Extended School Year services (ESY) is written into the Individual Education Program (IEP).

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HIGHLIGHTS

ACA Open Enrollment Ending February 15

Time is Running Out.  Open enrollment ends 2/15The Department of Health and Human Services reported last week that, since the beginning of this season’s open enrollment on November 15, more than 7.1 million consumers selected a plan or were automatically re-enrolled through the HealthCare.gov platform, which includes the Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM), State Partnership Marketplaces, and supported State-Based Marketplaces.

Consumers have until February 15 to enroll in a health plan for 2015. Individuals who are uninsured for three months or more during the year will have to pay a penalty unless they qualify for an exemption. See this information from the Internal Revenue Service or this page from HealthCare.gov about penalties and exemptions.


2013 - 2014 F2F Data Report

2013-2014 F2F HIC Data ReportThis 4-page report provides aggregated data on the activities of Family-to-Family Health Information Centers across the country from June 1, 2013 through May 31, 2014.  Data includes families and professionals served, one-to-one assistance, trainings, information dissemination, impact on families, partnership activities, and self-reported impact on policies and programs.

Infusion Tip Sheets: Cultural and Linguistic Competence

Infusion: Diversity & Cultural Competence

Family Voices strives to infuse cultural and linguistic competence throughout the organization to meet the needs of all families.  In this tip sheet, we provide strategies to help build cross-cultural relationships and help you consider the "individual vs. community" approach.


What Families Need to Know about
the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Affordable Care Act ResourcesWhat's happening with the healthcare exchange in your state?  What's a navigator?  Will your state expand Medicaid?  Looking to learn more about the ACA?  Visit our resource page and sign up for our weekly news brief, Washington Update!


Family-Centered Care Assessment

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Did you know that family-centered care can improve patient and family outcomes, increase satisfaction, decrease health care costs, and lead to more effective use of health care resources? You can learn more about what makes health care family-centered by using the Family Voices Family-Centered Care Assessment tool, a 24-question tool to measure family centeredness of provider care based on ideas created by families themselves.