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


Ruling on Affordable Care Act Endangers Children

| December 19, 2019 |

Statement from Bruce Lesley, President, First Focus on Children WASHINGTON, D.C. — In declaring the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate unconstitutional and returning the


Statement: First Focus on Children Calls on Administration to Stick to Plan to Ban All Flavored E-Cigarettes

| November 22, 2019 |

After today’s discussion in the White House regarding the vaping epidemic that has led roughly 5 million children to use e-cigarettes, Bruce Lesley, president


Maternal and Infant Mortality: What Does the Data Tell Us and What Can We Do?

| November 18, 2019 |

The United States has some of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the developed world and they continue to rise. African-American women


Tennessee Proposes to Block Grant Medicaid and Ration Care for its Children

| September 25, 2019 |

When it comes to making public policy related to children, the vast majority of Americans support the notion that public policy and government should


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


First Focus on Children calls for urgent action to address rise in uninsured children

| September 10, 2019 |

Contact: Michele Kayal, MicheleK@firstfocus.org, text/call: 703-919-8778 The U.S. Census Bureau today released 2018 data that show the number of children without health insurance in America


Children’s Budget 2019

| September 10, 2019 |

First Focus on Children is proud to introduce the 13th annual release of its signature Children’s Budget publication, a comprehensive analysis of how kids


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


The Loss of the ACA Would Be Devastating for Children – Here’s Why

| July 24, 2019 |

When we talk about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), we focus on the politics. Discussions of the law almost always lead


Issue Brief: How Dismantling the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Will Harm Children

| July 23, 2019 |

Since its passage in 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has withstood many challenges at the state, local and federal levels in court and