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


7 Ways Congress Can Honor Children on Universal Children’s Day

| November 20, 2017 |

Countries all around the world are celebrating children’s rights today. Today marks the 63rd anniversary of the United Nations establishing November 20 to be


Children’s Budget 2017

| November 17, 2017 |

Children are receiving less than 8 percent of the federal budget—and this share fell 5.5 percent between 2014 and 2017, according to Children’s Budget 2017,


House Hearing Highlights Needs of Children in Opioid Crisis

| November 10, 2017 |

The U.S. House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education and the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development held a joint hearing


IN THE NEWS: This is the nightmare scenario for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (Vox)

| October 27, 2017 |

From Vox: This was the worst-case scenario for the Children’s Health Insurance Program. In mid-September, I spoke with some prominent advocates, and they had


In the News: Three weeks and counting: As Congress dithers on children’s health program, more states face crisis (LA Times)

| October 25, 2017 |

From the LA Times: Congress has hardly slathered itself with glory in its current session, but among its most shameful failures surely is its


Where Does CHIP Stand Now?

| October 10, 2017 |

For families, providers, advocates, state officials, governors, and members of Congress, September 30th was a significant day in the world of CHIP, the Children’s


In the News: The GOP’s Struggles to Re-Authorize CHIP Is a Devastating Indictment

| September 28, 2017 |

From THE NEW REPUBLIC: On Tuesday, health care activists and Democrats celebrated the defeat of Graham-Cassidy, the GOP’s third attempt to repeal Obamacare since


Nine Million Reasons to Extend CHIP Funding Now

| September 20, 2017 |

EDITOR’S NOTE: This was originally published on Medium. In the midst of the chaos that is Washington, D.C., Congress is gambling with the health


West Virginia Event Highlights Need to Put Kids First in Federal Budget

| September 19, 2017 |

EDITOR’S NOTE: This was originally published at the Children’s Budget Coalition website. What does it look like to make children and families a priority


Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP): Setting the Record Straight

| September 18, 2017 |

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides health insurance coverage for over 9 million low income children and pregnant women. CHIP is a success