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


Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) offers outreach materials to get kids enrolled

| August 5, 2020 |

Never in the 23 years that the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has existed, have we faced a Back-to-School enrollment season like the one


Comment on the continuation of the Household Pulse Survey

| July 31, 2020 |

First Focus on Children submitted the following comment to the Office of Management and Budget. Excerpt: The coronavirus pandemic has hit the United States


We can’t experiment with the health of our children during COVID-19

| July 29, 2020 |

Like many people, I’ve been isolating at home with my family. The pandemic has impacted everyone, but it’s been especially difficult to see how


Senate Must Use the Next Coronavirus Relief Package to Feed America’s Hungry Kids

| July 16, 2020 |

Before COVID-19, 11.2 million children lived in a food-insecure household. The dual public health and economic crises caused by the pandemic have only exacerbated


Statement: 3 million kids at risk from Trump Administration position

| June 26, 2020 |

The Trump Administration late last night filed a brief with the Supreme Court urging repeal of the Affordable Care Act. While not surprising, the stance remains


Rep. Abby Finkenauer on Children’s Week Chat: “Our children come first.”

| June 17, 2020 |

Rep. Abby Finkenauer talked to First Focus from her home state of Iowa, where she wants all kids and families to have access to


Rep. Nanette Barragan in Children’s Week Chat: “Every child should get a fair shot.”

| June 17, 2020 |

Rep. Nanette Barragan grew up the youngest of 11 children and remembers visits to the community clinic and not being able to afford to


Rep. Susan Wild on Children’s Week Chat: “Children are the future of this country.”

| June 17, 2020 |

Protecting children’s access to health care is more important than ever, Rep. Susan Wild (D-PA) tells First Focus President Bruce Lesley in this short


Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick in Children’s Week Chat: “We have no higher responsibility than to take care of our kids.”

| June 17, 2020 |

Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R ) is one of just 40 lawmakers to be named a Champion for Children this year by First Focus


Why kids need drug money

| June 16, 2020 |

Kids are at risk of being short-changed, again. Over the next two years, courts are expected to award billions of dollars in drug company