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


Recommendations for Prioritizing Children in Opioid Settlement Funding

| March 26, 2021 |

Last year, First Focus on Children and Families USA invited child advocacy, welfare, and health experts to determine how to prioritize addiction prevention, bolster


Letter: In Support of Xavier Becerra for HHS Secretary

| February 19, 2021 |

First Focus on Children sent the following letter to the Chairpersons and Ranking Members of the Senate Finance Committee and Health, Education, Labor, and


More than ever, we need Champions for Children — these are policymakers meeting the moment

| February 4, 2021 |

Our nation’s children face multiple challenges to their well-being stemming from years of a declining share of federal investments in their future, the COVID-19


An open letter to President Biden and Vice President Harris From America’s children

| January 20, 2021 |

Dear President Biden and Vice President Harris: Congratulations on rising to our nation’s highest offices. We’ve been talking to America’s children about what the


Report says more than 4,000 NY children lost a caregiver due to COVID-19

| December 11, 2020 |

Between March and July of this year, 4,200 children in New York State lost a parent or caregiver to COVID-19. Four-thousand, two-hundred individual children.


Comments on Indiana’s Section 1115 waiver to expand postpartum Medicaid coverage

| December 9, 2020 |

First Focus on Children submitted the following comment to the Department of Health and Human Services supporting the expansion of postpartum Medicaid coverage. Excerpt


European Court of Human Rights embraces case charging that climate change violates children’s human rights

| December 7, 2020 |

The European Court of Human Rights has accepted — and fast-tracked — a case asserting that climate change violates children’s human rights. The lawsuit,


Comments on the Securing Updated and Necessary Statutory Evaluations Timely Rule

| December 7, 2020 |

First Focus on Children submitted the following comment to the Department of Health and Human Services urging them to immediately withdraw the proposed “Regulations


Key Stats on the Effect of COVID-19 on Kids

| November 19, 2020 |

The COVID-19 pandemic is doing more than exposing the racial, ethnic, and economic disparities existing in our society; it is compounding them, and so


Make CHIP permanent — before it’s too late

| November 17, 2020 |

The U.S. Supreme Court — now with a full slate of justices — has just heard a case to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA)