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.

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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


Climate Displacement is a Kids Issue

| October 13, 2021 |

In recent years, natural disasters and extreme weather events have been occurring at alarming rates. This past summer was particularly worrisome in the U.S.


Statement: Malaria vaccine will save thousands of children’s lives

| October 6, 2021 |

Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced the endorsement of the first malaria vaccine for children. In response to the announcement, First Focus on


Health insurance for children drops for fourth year in a row

| September 14, 2021 |

Data released today show the number of U.S. children without health insurance rose in 2020 for the fourth year in a row as the coronavirus


Fact Sheet: LIFT the BAR Act

| September 8, 2021 |

Children of immigrants and immigrant children make up one-quarter of all U.S. kids and represent the fastest growing group of children in America. Despite


What’s next for the largest unvaxxed population (kids)?

| August 25, 2021 |

Like many of you, we have been watching in dismay as children’s health is politicized by adults. Just as kids begin to head back


Letter: Create a plan for getting children of all ages vaccinated against COVID-19

| August 19, 2021 |

First Focus on Children sent the following letter to President Joseph Biden, Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra, and the White House