Health

Health care is critical for children’s growth and development. The federal Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid provide quality, affordable care for millions of children who would otherwise be uninsured. Thanks largely to CHIP, the rate of uninsurance among children has dropped to record lows, and First Focus is committed to protecting this success story.

Resources


Fact Sheet: Congress Should Prioritize Development of the Pediatric Mental Health Workforce

| March 1, 2024 |

Our Children are in Crisis The United States has a severe shortage of pediatric mental health professionals. In fact, typically, 11 years pass between


Letter: Commit to children during State of the Union Address

| February 23, 2024 |

First Focus on Children sent the following letter to President Joe Biden urging him to use his State of the Union address to commit


From Uninsured Nightmare to Healthy Future: The Need for Multiyear Continuous Eligibility for Kids Enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP

| February 21, 2024 |

Prevention is better than cure, especially for children. Maintaining access to affordable health care coverage empowers them to thrive. However, as a result of


Feeding children shouldn’t be a political game

| February 20, 2024 |

With food insecurity rising and summer on the way, 14 states have rejected a program that would keep students fed while school is out.  


Getting the Lead Out: Keeping Kids Safe from Lead Pipes

| February 16, 2024 |

Images of Flint Michigan’s water are hard to forget. For months in 2016, residents drank from taps running gasoline-colored liquid and water bottles filled


Comments on Hawaii Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver Request

| February 13, 2024 |

First Focus on Children submitted the following comment to Xavier Becerra, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, and Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, Administrator


Comments on Minnesota Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver Request

| February 13, 2024 |

First Focus on Children submitted the following comment to Xavier Becerra, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, and Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, Administrator


Comments on WIC Access to Baby Formula Act of 2022

| February 12, 2024 |

First Focus on Children submitted the following comment to Allison Post, Chief, WIC Administration, Benefits, and Certification Branch Policy Division, Food and Nutrition Service


Giving New Parents Choice Over Child Health Care Insurance 

| February 1, 2024 |

One of the most joyful times in the life of parents is the birth of their first child. Meeting a tiny baby for the


Podcast: Prescribing Away Poverty with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and Dr. Luke Shaefer

| January 31, 2024 |

In this episode, we chat with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha and Professor Luke Shaefer about “Rx Kids,” their innovative program to support pregnant women and