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The “Better” Care Act is Worse for Kids. A Lot Worse.

| June 22, 2017 |

WASHINGTON—The Senate’s so-called Better Care Reconciliation Act would be devastating for children’s health in America. First Focus President Bruce Lesley says: “There is not a single


Children’s Groups Warn: Medicaid Caps Would Harm Kids & Pregnant Women

| June 21, 2017 |

The following statement was issued today by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Children’s Defense Fund, Children’s Dental Health Project, March of Dimes, First Focus,


In the News: Texas Tries (Again) to Reboot Its Troubled Child Welfare System

| June 14, 2017 |

First Focus Senior Policy Advisor of Child Welfare and Child Rights Rricha Mathur was quoted on June 13, 2017 in Governing, speaking about a new group


First Focus and 1200+ Groups tell Congress: Save CHIP

| June 12, 2017 |

WASHINGTON–More than 1,200 organizations from all 50 states today sent a letter to Congressional leaders urging them to protect the 8.9 million children who


CBO Round Two: Same Raw Deal for Kids & Families

| May 24, 2017 |

(WASHINGTON, DC) – The revised score from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) for the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA) estimates that 23 million Americans


In the News: Trump’s Budget Cuts Children’s Health Insurance Program

| May 24, 2017 |

First Focus Vice Presidents of Health Policy Lisa Shapiro and Carrie Fitzgerald were quoted in CNN on May 24, 2017 speaking about how states will be


In the News: Trump and Congress are About to Take an Ax to Children’s Healthcare

| May 16, 2017 |

First Focus President Bruce Lesley was quoted in the LA Times on May 15, 2017 speaking about how states will be impacted by changes to


In the News: Medicaid Expansion, Reversed by House, Is Back on Table in Senate

| May 16, 2017 |

First Focus President Bruce Lesley was quoted in the New York Times on May 15, 2017 speaking about the impact of per capita caps


Is America Holding Out on Protecting Children’s Rights?

| May 2, 2017 |

The Atlantic 5/2/17 By Amy Rothschild Recently, I asked my 4-, 5-, and 6-year-old students what they thought all children need in order to


First Focus: Budget Deal Keeps Vital Children’s Programs Funded

| May 1, 2017 |

WASHINGTON—First Focus, a nonpartisan advocacy group working to make children and families a priority in federal policy and budget decisions, welcomed parts of the