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


What does the President’s budget say about how we value children?

| February 11, 2020 |

Yesterday, President Trump released a $4.8 trillion budget proposal that would impose massive cuts to critical programs that children and families rely on every


Statement: First Focus on Children’s Response to President Trump’s FY 2021 Budget

| February 10, 2020 |

The proposed budget released today by President Trump takes direct aim at the health and well-being of America’s children. According to the FY 2021


Oversight Committee holds two days of hearings on four threats to America’s children

| February 5, 2020 |

On February 5 and 6, 2020, the Committee on Oversight and Reform conducted an in-depth, two-day series of hearings held by four of its


House hearings tackle regulatory threats to children and families

| February 3, 2020 |

Advocates blast policies that harm children WASHINGTON, D.C., February 3 — A broad coalition of nonprofit and faith-based groups from across the nation that


Proposed rule will be burdensome for families of children with disabilities

| January 31, 2020 |

In November 2019, the Trump administration published a proposed rule in the Federal Register, “Rules Regarding the Frequency and Notice of Continuing Disability Reviews”


Statement: Medicaid waivers imperil children’s health coverage

| January 30, 2020 |

Below please find the statement of Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus on Children, regarding today’s rollout by the Trump Administration of new Medicaid


Ruling on Affordable Care Act Endangers Children

| December 19, 2019 |

Statement from Bruce Lesley, President, First Focus on Children WASHINGTON, D.C. — In declaring the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate unconstitutional and returning the


Statement: First Focus on Children Calls on Administration to Stick to Plan to Ban All Flavored E-Cigarettes

| November 22, 2019 |

After today’s discussion in the White House regarding the vaping epidemic that has led roughly 5 million children to use e-cigarettes, Bruce Lesley, president


Maternal and Infant Mortality: What Does the Data Tell Us and What Can We Do?

| November 18, 2019 |

The United States has some of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the developed world and they continue to rise. African-American women


Tennessee Proposes to Block Grant Medicaid and Ration Care for its Children

| September 25, 2019 |

When it comes to making public policy related to children, the vast majority of Americans support the notion that public policy and government should