Health

Health care is critical for children’s growth and development. The federal Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid provide quality, affordable care for millions of children who would otherwise be uninsured. Thanks largely to CHIP, the rate of uninsurance among children has dropped to record lows, and First Focus is committed to protecting this success story.

Resources


West Virginia Event Highlights Need to Put Kids First in Federal Budget

| September 19, 2017 |

EDITOR’S NOTE: This was originally published at the Children’s Budget Coalition website. What does it look like to make children and families a priority


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


In the News: Clock ticking down on children’s health funding

| September 18, 2017 |

From The Hill: BY NATHANIEL WEIXEL – 09/17/17 07:30 AM EDT WASHINGTON–Differences between the House and Senate ahead could threaten funding for a program that


Hurricanes and Medicaid Caps ‘Do Not Mix’

| September 11, 2017 |

EDITOR’S NOTE: This was originally published on Medium. Why the Current Sen. Graham Should Heed the Warnings of a Former Sen. Graham Sens. Lindsey Graham


In the News: Will Congress Continue Health Care For 9 Million Children?

| September 6, 2017 |

Will Congress Continue Health Care for 9 Million Children? (NPR) A popular federal-state program that provides health coverage to millions of children in lower-


Key Facts about the CHIP Program

| August 30, 2017 |

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) was enacted by a bipartisan group of lawmakers as part of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 (P.L.


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


In the News: Texans lucky Gov. Abbott didn’t get wish for Medicaid block grant, funding critics say

| August 29, 2017 |

Bruce Lesley was quoted in article for Inside Health Policy published on August 29, 2017 about block grants in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.  


Children’s Groups Urge Quick Bipartisan 5-Year CHIP Extension

| August 4, 2017 |

First Focus and leading organizations dedicated to the well-being of children are calling on Congress to immediately enact a five-year extension of CHIP funding.


Senate Health Bill Violates Principle to ‘Do No Harm’

| July 27, 2017 |

EDITOR’S NOTE: This was originally published on Medium. Back in January, First Focus Campaign for Children (FFCC) signed a letter with all the other major