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[Enotes] New from CT Voices for Children: July 12 E-Notes
by Michael Sullivan

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E-Notes
Connecticut Voices for Children
July 12, 2006

In this issue of E-Notes, you'll find:

A. JOB OPENING AT CT VOICES - FISCAL/POLICY ANALYST

B. NEW PUBLICATIONS
*  New Federal Medicaid Citizenship and Identity Documentation Rules Mean
Delays and Denials of Care
*  Caught in the Red Tape: How New Medicaid Paperwork Rules Will Hurt
Connecticut Families
*  Beyond Child Care Centers: The Essential Role of Home-Based Child Care in
Connecticut's Early Care and Education System
*  A Tale of Two Cities
*  District Reference Groups (DRSs) - Formerly Educational Reference Groups
(ERGs)

C.      UPCOMING CONFERENCE CALLS & CONSUMER FACT SHEET ON MEDICAID
CITIZENSHIP REQUIREMENTS


A. JOB OPENING AT CT VOICES - FISCAL/POLICY ANALYST

Connecticut Voices for Children is seeking a well-qualified and enthusiastic
person to fill a new full-time position to help with CT Voices' work on
state budget and fiscal issues and issues related to family economic
security.  This position is specifically designed for a person with very
strong quantitative skills, experience in data analysis, some understanding
of public finance, interest in state tax and spending issues, and an
overarching interest in advancing strategic public investment and effective
public policies.  For a complete job description, please see:
http://www.ctkidslink.org/announcement_51.html


B. NEW PUBLICATIONS

1)  New Federal Medicaid Citizenship and Identity Documentation Rules Mean
Delays and Denials of Care

Connecticut, like all other states, must implement a dramatic change in its
Medicaid application process that could result in thousands of citizens,
including children, parents, and pregnant women, being denied health care
coverage or experiencing delayed access to care. Currently, 300,000
Connecticut children, parents and pregnant women rely on Medicaid (HUSKY A)
for their health care.  Effective July 1, 2006, a new federal law requires
that states must obtain proof of citizenship and identity for most United
States citizens who apply for Medicaid or renew their Medicaid coverage.
This fact sheet outlines problems with the needlessly rigid requirements,
and recommendations for repealing them or limiting the damage they are
likely to cause.  The fact sheet was updated to reflect federal regulations
released earlier this month.
http://www.ctkidslink.org/pub_detail_302.html


2)  Caught in the Red Tape: How New Medicaid Paperwork Rules Will Hurt
Connecticut Families

This fact sheet outlines some examples of how many Connecticut citizens will
have problems getting or keeping Medicaid coverage because of new federal
requirements on citizenship and identity documentation.
http://www.ctkidslink.org/pub_detail_301.html


3)  Beyond Child Care Centers: The Essential Role of Home-Based Child Care
in Connecticut's Early Care and Education System

For the near future it appears that home-based care will represent the most
common type of child care for low income children whose parents are working.
This report is the first in a series of briefs that focus on the child care
options available to those parents who choose not to use licensed child care
centers and those providers who operate outside of the licensed child care
center system and funding streams.
http://www.ctkidslink.org/pub_detail_304.html


4) A Tale of Two Cities

CT Voices' S. Geballe and D. Hall participated in a panel discussion at the
kick-off to the "Ideas" portion of the 2006 New Haven Festival of Arts and
Ideas. This session examined some of the parallels between New Orleans and
New Haven and how chronic "storms" of poverty have historically impacted
both cities.  You can find on the CT Voices' Web site the PowerPoint
presentation by Voices' staff, as well as the presentation by Amy Liu,
Deputy Director of the Metropolitan Policy Project at the Brookings
Institution whose recent work has focused on New Orleans after Katrina. The
Voices' presentation is based in part on a report we released last year,
"What if a Hurricane Hit Connecticut? Reflections on Katrina and the
"Chronic Storms" Faced by Connecticut's Poor."
http://www.ctkidslink.org/pub_detail_300.html


5)  District Reference Groups (DRSs) - Formerly Educational Reference Groups
(ERGs)

This short fact sheet discusses the State Department of Education's decision
to shift its categorization of schools districts from ERGs (Educational
Reference Groups) to District Reference Groups (DRGs).  It also identifies
the factors used to group districts, and shows how all districts are now
classified based on updated data.  A table comparing each district's new DRG
to its former ERG is included.
http://www.ctkidslink.org/pub_detail_303.html


C.      UPCOMING CONFERENCE CALLS & CONSUMER FACT SHEET ON MEDICAID
CITIZENSHIP REQUIREMENTS

Connecticut Voices will soon be scheduling conference calls to brief health
care providers, community agencies, and other interested persons about the
new federal citizenship and identity requirements for Medicaid applicants.
The calls will focus on what documentation is needed for families who are
applying for and renewing their Medicaid coverage and how local
organizations can help them through the application process.  Please watch
the E-Notes and the CT Voices Web site for further announcements.

We are also developing a "plan English" fact sheet for families about the
new requirements.   This will be posted on the CT Voices Web site when
completed, and will be translated into Spanish.

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