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


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


Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP): Setting the Record Straight

| September 18, 2017 |

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides health insurance coverage for over 9 million low income children and pregnant women. CHIP is a success


The Fate of CHIP: 17 Legislative Days Till CHIP Funding Expires

| August 30, 2017 |

After a busy spring and summer on Capitol Hill, the halls of Congress are quiet this week. But that will change very quickly when


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