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


Fact Sheet: Aid to Children and Families in the HEROES Act (H.R. 6800)

| May 22, 2020 |

As part of ongoing efforts to address the COVID-19 outbreak and resulting economic crisis, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Health and Economic


CHIP Waiting Periods Must End

| May 15, 2020 |

When my oldest brother was a few months short of 65, he started asking me what I knew about Medicare. (Turns out I know


Amicus brief urges SCOTUS to preserve Affordable Care Act

| May 13, 2020 |

Child advocates argue ACA dramatically improved children’s health and lives First Focus on Children and The Children’s Partnership today filed a friend-of-the-court brief urging


Covering All Kids

| May 13, 2020 |

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” — Nelson Mandela, May 8, 1995


Comment: Proposed change to National School Lunch & Breakfast Program would weaken school nutrition standards

| April 22, 2020 |

First Focus on Children submitted the following comments in strong opposition to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) “Simplifying Meal Service and Monitoring Requirements


Building a Better America and World for Our Children

| April 21, 2020 |

We are living in a life-changing moment where it is clear that the future will look quite different than we had imagined. We are


COVID-19: How The Health of Children Is at Stake

| April 11, 2020 |

Children may not be dying in the same number as adults or senior citizens due to COVID-19, but their health is at risk and


The 2020 Census is make-or-break for children’s health

| April 7, 2020 |

The coronavirus crisis has canceled or postponed thousands of events worldwide, but one major event is still on track: The 2020 United States Census.


The COVID-19 Crisis Is Catastrophic for Children Too

| April 4, 2020 |

This is likely a once-in-a-generation disaster, and it will affect every domain of human life. It will be traumatic. And trauma always falls hardest


Fact Sheet: Aid to Children During Coronavirus Outbreak

| April 2, 2020 |

As the spread of the coronavirus has grown, the vulnerabilities within our system have become clear. Children and families living in poverty already lack