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


Department of Homeland Security Public Charge Rule Would Make Children Less Healthy

| October 16, 2018 |

The Department of Homeland Security released their proposed rule to the public charge section of immigration law in early October. This rule would affect


Fact Sheet: The Public Charge Rule Harms Children

| October 10, 2018 |

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


Medicaid Work Requirements For Parents Will Harm Children

| August 22, 2018 |

This week, First Focus submitted comments to Health and Human Services Secretary Azar about the Medicaid waivers from Mississippi and Kentucky. Both states proposed


How a new rule on short-term health care plans jeopardizes the health of children and families

| August 1, 2018 |

Remember the relief and happiness so many Americans felt when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed because finally their health insurance would cover their


House Bill Tackling Opioid Epidemic Emphasizes Needs of Affected Children

| June 28, 2018 |

On Friday, June 22, the House of Representatives passed H. R. 6, SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act, by a vote of 396 –


The Trump Administration Abdicates Support for Children with Pre-Existing Conditions

| June 12, 2018 |

My last couple years as a child health advocate in Iowa were before, during, and right after the passage of the Affordable Care Act


Fact Sheet: Medicaid is Cost-Effective Coverage that Works for Kids

| April 6, 2018 |

Medicaid is the largest insurer of children. Medicaid insures approximately 37 million children. An additional 8.9 million children are enrolled in the Children’s Health


Fact Sheet: Impact of the President’s FY 2019 Budget Request on Children’s Health

| February 16, 2018 |

Earlier this week President Trump released his 2019 budget proposal to Congress. His FY 2019 budget request totals $4.4 trillion for the next fiscal


Relief for Families: After More Than 110 Days, Congress Extends CHIP

| January 23, 2018 |

On Monday, January 22, 2018, Congress passed and President Trump signed an extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that is set to


Where Does CHIP Stand Now?

| October 10, 2017 |

For families, providers, advocates, state officials, governors, and members of Congress, September 30th was a significant day in the world of CHIP, the Children’s