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


Statement: SCOTUS case threatens more than children’s Medicaid benefits

| November 8, 2022 |

Outcome could “strangle many federal programs that benefit children” In response to the case of Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County, Indiana v.


Watch: 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline – One Size Does Not Fit All

| October 21, 2022 |

This afternoon, First Focus on Children hosted a webinar on 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline entitled One Size Does Not Fit All: Ensuring 988


Statement: Omicron booster efforts could leave children behind

| October 14, 2022 |

Advocate urges “money and mechanisms” to help children access new shot In response to authorization by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that children as


Children’s Health: Climate Change, Justice40, and the Built Environment

Event October 03, 2022 |

Oct 03 2022 Ended Children’s Health: Climate Change, Justice40, and the Built Environment


Fix to “family glitch” fulfills a decade of advocacy

| October 11, 2022 |

The Biden Administration today eliminated the “family glitch” from the Affordable Care Act, a flaw that makes health insurance coverage unaffordable for roughly 5


988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline – One Size Does Not Fit All

Event October 20, 2022 |

Oct 20 2022 Ended 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline – One Size Does Not Fit All


Statement: Today’s White House hunger conference must outline clear solutions for children

| September 28, 2022 |

In anticipation of today’s White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, First Focus on Children President Bruce Lesley issued the following statement: “Today’s


CHIP, Medicaid kept children insured

| September 21, 2022 |

Data released today show the number of U.S. children without health insurance declined for the first time in at least four years in 2021,


Joint Letter: Establish a children’s interagency coordinating council

| September 15, 2022 |

First Focus on Children — and over 40 other organizations working to improve the lives of children — sent the following letter to Secretary


Issue Brief: Behavioral Health Parity For Children

| September 14, 2022 |

What Is Behavioral Health Parity? Treating mental health conditions and substance use disorders as equivalent to other health conditions in insurance plans is what