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


Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) offers outreach materials to get kids enrolled

| August 5, 2020 |

Never in the 23 years that the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has existed, have we faced a Back-to-School enrollment season like the one


Fact Sheet: Aid to Children and Families in the HEROES Act (H.R. 6800)

| May 22, 2020 |

As part of ongoing efforts to address the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting economic crisis, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Health and Economic


CHIP Waiting Periods Must End

| May 15, 2020 |

When my oldest brother was a few months short of 65, he started asking me what I knew about Medicare. (Turns out I know


The 2020 Census is make-or-break for children’s health

| April 7, 2020 |

The coronavirus crisis has canceled or postponed thousands of events worldwide, but one major event is still on track: The 2020 United States Census.


Fact Sheet: Aid to Children During Coronavirus Outbreak

| April 2, 2020 |

As the spread of the coronavirus has grown, the vulnerabilities within our system have become clear. Children and families living in poverty already lack


Fact Sheet: Impact of the President’s 2021 Budget on Health

| February 25, 2020 |

On February 10, 2020, President Trump released his Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) budget proposal to Congress. The FY21 budget request totals $4.8 trillion for


Fact Sheet: The Public Charge Rule Harms Children (Updated)

| February 6, 2020 |

The strength of our country’s economic future is dependent on the wellbeing of our children, who make up our future workforce and tax base.


Proposed rule will be burdensome for families of children with disabilities

| January 31, 2020 |

In November 2019, the Trump administration published a proposed rule in the Federal Register, “Rules Regarding the Frequency and Notice of Continuing Disability Reviews”


Comments in Response to Proposed Rulemaking: Rescinding Medicaid Access

| September 16, 2019 |

First Focus on Children submitted the following comments expressing our strong opposition to a proposed rule that would repeal the Medicaid Access Rule, harming


Explainer: What to Know About the Final “Public Charge” Rule

| August 16, 2019 |

The Trump administration has finalized a rule that will expand the definition of a public charge when determining eligibility for individuals applying for admission