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


In the News: Trump’s Budget Cuts Children’s Health Insurance Program

| May 24, 2017 |

First Focus Vice Presidents of Health Policy Lisa Shapiro and Carrie Fitzgerald were quoted in the CNN on May 24, 2017 speaking about how states will


Trump Budget Harms Kids & Families by Slashing $1.5 Trillion from Medicaid and CHIP

| May 23, 2017 |

The FY 2018 budget proposal released today by the Trump Administration includes a host of provisions that would dramatically cut health care access, coverage,


In the News: Trump and Congress are About to Take an Ax to Children’s Healthcare

| May 16, 2017 |

First Focus President Bruce Lesley was quoted in the LA Times on May 15, 2017 speaking about how states will be impacted by changes to


In the News: Medicaid Expansion, Reversed by House, Is Back on Table in Senate

| May 16, 2017 |

First Focus President Bruce Lesley was quoted in the New York Times on May 15, 2017 speaking about the impact of per capita caps


Hey, Congress: Is It Good for the Children?

| May 4, 2017 |

First Focus sent a letter to Republicans and Democrats in House and Senate leadership today asking them to answer a few important, but largely


Trump Administration Should Nix Plans to Loosen School Nutrition Standards

| May 3, 2017 |

More than 53 million American children rely on school meals to meet their daily nutritional needs. Over the years, nutrition standards for school meals–set


#CHIPworks Toolkit: Tell Congress to Extend CHIP Funding

| April 28, 2017 |

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has enjoyed strong, bipartisan support for decades, and ensures that children have access to health benefits like well-child


AHCA Round Two: Same Bad Deal Made Even WORSE for Children & Families

| April 27, 2017 |

(WASHINGTON, DC) – With President Trump’s 100-day milestone looming, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Republican leaders continue negotiations to secure the votes they need to


This is the Week to Make Children’s Lives Great

| April 25, 2017 |

It’s shaping up to be an action-packed week in Washington, DC as the White House scrambles with Congressional leaders to pass a signature piece


Why CHIP is Still the Best Deal for Kids

| April 18, 2017 |

CHIP covers those who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to be able to purchase health insurance coverage on their