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


The Public Charge Rule is a Disingenuous Attack on Children

| October 18, 2018 |

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently published a proposed rule on the Federal Register that would drastically change the guidelines for applying to enter


Statement: New Family-Separation Efforts Will Lead to Imprisonment of Children

| October 18, 2018 |

Washington, D.C., October 17, 2018—When it comes to how we treat children, our public policy should be governed by a simple, overriding “best interest


Department of Homeland Security Public Charge Rule Would Make Children Less Healthy

| October 16, 2018 |

The Department of Homeland Security released their proposed rule to the public charge section of immigration law in early October. This rule would affect


Fact Sheet: The Public Charge Rule Harms Children

| October 10, 2018 |

The strength of our country’s economic future is dependent on the wellbeing of our nation’s children, who make up our future tax base. Children


Statement: DHS proposed public charge rule would harm children

| October 10, 2018 |

Washington, D.C., October 10, 2018—First Focus is outraged by a rule published today in the Federal Register by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security


CDC Is Taking the Right Steps to Boost Vaccination Rates for the Most Vulnerable Children and Pregnant Women

| October 9, 2018 |

We are delighted that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is spending $880,000 over the next three years in Colorado, Hawaii, Kentucky, Montana and


Letter: American Academy of Pediatrics, First Focus, and Other Groups Express Grave Concern Over EPA Priorities

| October 2, 2018 |

First Focus signed this letter with the American Academy of Pediatrics and dozens of other groups expressing grave concern about Dr. Ruth Ethel’s suspension


House Energy and Commerce Committee Turns Attention to Maternal Mortality

| September 28, 2018 |

First Focus applauds the effort of the House Energy and Commerce Committee to shine a light on the crisis of maternal and infant mortality.


Letter: Comments to HHS on South Dakota Work Requirements Waiver

| September 26, 2018 |

The waiver submitted by South Dakota seeks to impose work requirements on a portion of the state’s Medicaid recipients. Since South Dakota declined to


Letter: Comments to NIH on Maternal and Infant Mortality Study

| September 25, 2018 |

First Focus had the opportunity to provide a comment letter for the October 23, 2018 meeting of the Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health at