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Statement: The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018

| March 23, 2018 |

First Focus responded to today’s passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, which funds the government for the rest of Fiscal Year 2018

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

White House Immigration Principles Violate Children’s Human Rights

| October 9, 2017 |

WASHINGTON—First Focus abhors the lasting harm to children that would result from the Trump Administration’s immigration principles, which were announced late Sunday night. “It’s

First Focus and Niskanen Center Joint Statement: Improve the Child Tax Credit to Help Low-Income Families

| September 27, 2017 |

WASHINGTON–As advocates for an expanded child tax credit, First Focus and the Niskanen Center welcome this morning’s “Big Six” Tax Statement, yet have reservations about the framework’s specifics. “We

Census Data Highlights Devastating Effect of Poverty on Children

| September 12, 2017 |

WASHINGTON–New data published today from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that 18 percent of American children—13.3 million—lived below the poverty line in 2016, a slight decrease from

Trump DACA Move Jeopardizes the Lives of Hundreds of Thousands of Children & Families

| September 5, 2017 |

WASHINGTON–President Trump announced today that he will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) affecting nearly 800,000 young people and their families. First Focus

Children’s Groups Urge Quick Bipartisan 5-Year CHIP Extension

| August 4, 2017 |

First Focus and leading organizations dedicated to the well-being of children are calling on Congress to immediately enact a five-year extension of CHIP funding.

The “Better” Care Act is Worse for Kids. A Lot Worse.

| June 22, 2017 |

WASHINGTON—The Senate’s so-called Better Care Reconciliation Act would be devastating for children’s health in America. First Focus President Bruce Lesley says: “There is not a single

First Focus and 1200+ Groups tell Congress: Save CHIP

| June 12, 2017 |

WASHINGTON–More than 1,200 organizations from all 50 states today sent a letter to Congressional leaders urging them to protect the 8.9 million children who

CBO Round Two: Same Raw Deal for Kids & Families

| May 24, 2017 |

(WASHINGTON, DC) – The revised score from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) for the House-passed American Health Care Act (AHCA) estimates that 23 million Americans