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


What Congress can do about hunger & homelessness this holiday season

| November 22, 2021 |

Heading into Thanksgiving, the negative economic reverberations of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be strongest for families with children who were already struggling to


Watch: Experts discuss how to achieve vaccine equity for kids

| November 18, 2021 |

First Focus on Children co-hosted a virtual Congressional briefing today to discuss how to achieve equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine for children and


Policy Brief: 10 Ways to Improve the Health Coverage of America’s Children

| November 10, 2021 |

While much progress has been made in health care coverage for children, there is still more to do to ensure that the more than


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

| November 9, 2021 |

Medicaid is a public health insurance program, operated as a partnership between the federal government and the states, that provides health insurance coverage to


Statement: CDC vaccine approval opens doors to our school-age children

| November 2, 2021 |

In response to tonight’s approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for use in children ages 5 to 11 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, First


Statement: White House plan key to getting shots in little arms

| October 26, 2021 |

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s vaccines advisory committee today recommended the authorization of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for use in children ages 5 to 11. In


White House move prioritizes children’s health and well-being with plan for vaccine

| October 21, 2021 |

First Focus on Children has long advocated for a plan to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible children. We are pleased that the Biden Administration has


Letter: Allow paid time off for child vaccinations

| October 14, 2021 |

First Focus on Children, Families USA, Health Leads, School-Based Health Alliance, and Vaccine Equity Cooperative sent the following letter to the Department of Labor


Statement: In recognition of Children’s Environmental Health Day

| October 14, 2021 |

Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus on Children, made the following statement in honor of the 6th annual Children’s Environmental Health Day: “All children


WATCH: Infectious disease expert says new malaria vaccine could save 25,000 kids’ lives

| October 13, 2021 |

On October 6, 2021, World Health Organization (WHO) announced the endorsement of the first malaria vaccine for children. In response to the announcement, First