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


EPA rejects its own science to declare banned pesticide not a threat to children 

| October 15, 2020 |

The Trump Administration has yet again rejected science in a new and harmful Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) risk assessment that proclaims the pesticide chlorpyrifos


Kids continue to lose health care coverage, report finds, with Latino children hit hardest

| October 14, 2020 |

A report released last week by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families shows the continuation of the downward trend in health care


Key Stats on the Effect of COVID-19 on Kids

| October 12, 2020 |

The COVID-19 pandemic is doing more than exposing the racial, ethnic, and economic disparities existing in our society; it is compounding them, and so


2020 Children’s Budget Summit: Lawmakers and educators discuss continued decline in children’s share of federal spending

| September 30, 2020 |

This year has delivered an unprecedented public health emergency and an economic crisis that has disrupted every facet of the lives of children and


Children’s Budget 2020

| September 29, 2020 |

About Children’s Budget 20202: First Focus on Children is proud to introduce the 14th annual release of its signature Children’s Budget publication. While the


Children lose health insurance for 3rd year in a row

| September 18, 2020 |

Hispanic children hit hardest with more than 9% uninsured The U.S. Census Bureau has released data that show the number of U.S. children without


New data shows a surge in pandemic-induced hunger among children

| September 17, 2020 |

New federal data show that child hunger — already high in 2019 — has soared as families struggle to put food on the table during


Comment on Georgia’s proposal to waive federal rules under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

| September 15, 2020 |

First Focus on Children submitted the following comment to the Department of Health and Human Services out of deep concern for Georgia’s proposal to


Trump administration rollbacks damage more than the environment

| September 2, 2020 |

Most people have heard of Greta Thunberg, a Swedish climate activist who is only 16 years old. She inspired an entire global movement to


A few ideas that Joe Biden should just take from Kamala Harris

| August 19, 2020 |

Back in 2019 when she was a presidential candidate, Kamala Harris rolled out her Children’s Agenda — a comprehensive set of policies aimed at