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Fixing the Kids Glitch Congressional briefing

Date: December 13, 2011

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Rayburn House Office Building, Room B318
Independence Avenue and South Capitol Streets SW
Washington, District of Columbia 20500

First Focus, in conjunction with the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education, the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, and The Children's Partnership, sponsored a Congressional Briefing on "Fixing the Kid Glitch: Treasury Regulations Put Children's Health Care at Risk." Researchers released a report showing that a proposed U.S. Treasury Department rule could deny health care insurance to tens of thousands of California children and hundreds of thousands nationwide.

The proposed Treasury rule would assess the affordability of employer-sponsored health insurance for an entire family based on the costs of coverage for the employee only, ignoring the true cost of family coverage. The UCLA / UC Berkeley study confirms that, unless the final rule adopts a more realistic approach, families will be denied Affordable Care Act health insurance affordability tax credits, leaving many children uninsured.

Bruce Lesley, President, First Focus
Gerald F. Kominski, Incoming Director, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and Professor, UCLA School of Public Health
Ken Jacobs, Chair, UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education
Kristen Golden Testa, Director, California Health Program, The Children's Partnership

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