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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! How The ACA is Helping Children with Special Needs and Their Families

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10/27/2016, 4:30 pm ET: A Call with President Obama on ACA Open Enrollment

When you RSVP, a dial-in, participant code, and individual pin will be provided via e-mail.

11/9/2016, 1:00-2:00 pm ET: Beyond Checklists: Care Planning for Children with Special Health Care Needs

Sponsored by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, the Catalyst Center, and Family Voices

11/9/2016, 1:00-2:00 pm ET: Obesity and Failure To Thrive Concerns in Children with ASD 

Sponsored by the Johnson Center for Child Health and Development and the Autism Research Institute

11/9/2016, 3:00-4:30 pm ET: Maximizing Insurance Enrollment in MCH: Strategies to Address Challenging Enrollment Situations

Hosted by Family Voices and AMCHP
For more information, contact Emily Eckert at

11/16/2016, 3:00-4:00 pm ET: Caregiving Youth: a Community-Based Framework for Identifying and Supporting a Hidden Population

Sponsored by Family Voices of California

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October 26, 2016:

  • “Open Enrollment 4” (or OE4) begins on November 1, and consumers from states using can already see their plan options.
  • The administration has announced that there will be significant premium increases for ACA plans in some markets, although many people will also get increased subsidies as well.

Read about ObamaCare, the election (candidates’ positions on child health and disabilities), and more in this week’s Update.

Webinar Series: Maximizing Insurance Enrollment in MCH

Starting OCTOBER 13, 2016: In partnership with Family Voices, the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs is hosting a three-part webinar series to help maternal and child health advocates better prepare for the upcoming open enrollment period. The series, “Maximizing Insurance Enrollment in Maternal and Child Health,” will feature presentations from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), Enroll America, state Title V agencies, and health insurance navigators from the family leader community.  This 3-webinar series will run on October 13, October 25, and November 9 and feature different topics and speakers.

How The ACA is Helping Children with Special Needs and Their Families

A Georgetown University Health Policy Institute brief reports that when parents have coverage, their children will too.

SEPTEMBER 26, 2016: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has helped both children with disabilities and their parents. Two reports from the Urban Institute (see Resources) highlight how two generations are benefiting from healthcare coverage under the ACA. Learn more in this blog.

Family Voices Awarded New 3-Year Cooperative Agreement

APRIL 13, 2016: Family Voices has been awarded a new three-year cooperative agreement from MCHB as the National Center for Family Professional Partnerships (NCFPP).  The new project period will be June 2016 through May 2019. Goals include:

  • Training and mentoring family/youth (especially those from diverse backgrounds) to serve on systems teams (in partnership with The Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN),
  • Assisting MCH programs to engage family/youth leaders, and
  • Helping F2F increase their capacity to assist families of
    CYSHCN and the professionals who serve them.

Download the Project Abstract.

2014-2015 Family-to-Family Health Information Centers Data Report

2014-2015 F2F Data ReportData aggregated from reports submitted by all 51 F2Fs summarizing their work from June 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015 (FY2015) demonstrate their:
- Direct Support to 155,950 families and 74,225 professionals

- Estimated Overall Outreach to 928,225 Families and 350,960 Professionals

- Impacting 92% of families who are better able to partner with providers & navigate systems

This report also includes state by state charts listing F2F partnerships, methods of assistance, involvement in specific initiatives, and additional sources of funding.  Read more about the outreach, assistance, training, and impact of F2Fs in this 12-page report.

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.