Carrie Fitzgerald Vice President

Carrie Fitzgerald is Vice President of Children’s Health Programs at First Focus. Before coming to First Focus in, 2011, Carrie worked for almost five years at the Child and Family Policy Center (CFPC) in Des Moines, Iowa as the Senior Health Policy Associate. At CFPC Carrie addressed state and federal issues related to health care coverage for children and families including the reauthorization of CHIP and its implementation at the state level. Prior to joining CFPC Carrie worked for the Iowa Department of Public Health where she coordinated the children’s healthy mental development project (ABCDII) sponsored by the Commonwealth Fund. Carrie also served as the Health Department’s liaison to the state Part C/Early Intervention team, focusing on children’s health and development and access to services.

At First Focus Carrie’s emphasis centers on Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the ACA). Her work looks at how health issues affect immigration policy, federal rules and regulations, and state and federal funding all in terms of children. In 2012 Carrie was named a consumer representative to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and served a two-year term.

During the years before working for state government and on public policy, Carrie worked for a variety of direct service non-profit organizations. These jobs included advocating for abused and neglected children through the court and foster care systems, educating low-income families about how to access and maintain public supports and benefits, strengthening the parenting skills of teen mothers, and advocating for battered women and rape survivors in the legal system.

Carrie has a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English from Drake University and is the mother of two children.

Resources by Carrie Fitzgerald


CBO Scores Senate Health Bill: Catastrophic Cuts Will Harm Children’s Health

| June 26, 2017 |

(WASHINGTON, DC) – The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates 22 million people who are currently insured would lose their health coverage by 2026 under


Top Children’s Groups Tell House Subcommittee on Health: Save and Extend CHIP

| June 13, 2017 |

As the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health meets to discuss extending safety net health programs, First Focus and seven of the largest


First Focus and 1200+ Groups Asks Congress to Save CHIP

| June 12, 2017 |

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


First Focus & Children’s Groups Urge Senate to Adopt “Jimmy Kimmel Test”

| June 12, 2017 |

First Focus and seven of the largest national groups concerned about children’s health sent the following letter today to Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) in


Trump Budget Harms Kids & Families by Slashing $1.5 Trillion from Medicaid and CHIP

| May 23, 2017 |

The FY 2018 budget proposal released today by the Trump Administration includes a host of provisions that would dramatically cut health care access, coverage,


Governors, Insurance Commissioners to Send Health Coverage Ideas to House Leadership

| December 9, 2016 |

There’s no question that the conversation about healthcare is significantly and rapidly changing. As discussions continue regarding the repeal of the Affordable Care Act


Wyden, Pallone Ask CMS: What’s the Best Way to Screen for Lead Poisoning?

| July 8, 2016 |

Lead screening, be it universal or targeted, is the topic of a letter to Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator for the Center for Medicare and


Utah legislature waives five-year bar for immigrant children!

| March 11, 2016 |

Thirty-four words, just 34 words. That’s all it took on Tuesday for the Utah legislature to remove the five-year waiting period for Medicaid and


Medicaid expansion approved for children exposed to Flint water

| March 4, 2016 |

Yesterday, March 3rd, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Michigan’s application for its 1115 demonstration waiver for some children and pregnant


Michigan governor asks CMS for Medicaid coverage for children from Flint

| February 17, 2016 |

On February 13th, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s administration submitted a Medicaid 1115 waiver proposal concerning children and pregnant women in Flint. After the lead