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


It’s Time to End Child Poverty —Here’s How

| April 18, 2018 |

A new report out of Washington University in St. Louis has found that the cost of child poverty to the U.S. economy was a


The Serious Danger of Administrative Attacks Upon Medicaid

| April 17, 2018 |

While 2017 saw multiple legislative assaults upon the Affordable Care Act, and long-standing health care for highly vulnerable people through the Medicaid Program, these


Fact Sheet: Medicaid is Cost-Effective Coverage that Works for Kids

| April 6, 2018 |

Medicaid is the largest insurer of children. Medicaid insures approximately 37 million children. An additional 8.9 million children are enrolled in the Children’s Health


Why is Medicaid So Critical? Let’s Get Personal.

| January 30, 2018 |

Beginning in 2017, there has been an unprecedented assault on Medicaid, the health care program for the most vulnerable Americans, including low-income children and


Fact Sheet: What Is the “CHIP Cliff” and How Can Congress Fix It?

| January 29, 2018 |

On January 22, 2018, Congress included a six-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as part of a continuing resolution (CR) to


Congress Must Now End the “CHIP Cliff”

| January 23, 2018 |

Congressional passage of the latest Continuing Resolution (CR) includes a six-year extension of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which is a huge and


Work Requirements for Medicaid: Yet Another Threat to Children and Families

| January 11, 2018 |

Washington, D.C. – First Focus responded to today’s letter issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to State Medicaid Directors, allowing


Congressional Inaction on CHIP is Increasingly Dangerous

| January 8, 2018 |

Every person has empathy toward those who are closest. The challenge is to rise from having empathy for a few to having empathy for


A Letter to Congress: Extend CHIP Now

| December 18, 2017 |

CHIP funding expired almost three months ago on September 30, 2017, and families across the country are receiving disenrollment notices. No family should feel


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