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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


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


Special Event: This Holiday Season, Do Right by Our Children and Fund CHIP Now

| December 17, 2017 |

Tuesday, December 19 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Kennedy Caucus Room, Russell Senate Office Building Room 325 In coordination with Senator Bob Casey (D-PA),


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


In the News: Roy Moore Once Compared Preschool To Nazi-Style Indoctrination

| October 12, 2017 |

From The Huffington Post: Many states and localities are looking to expand the availability of preschool, but Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore apparently believed


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


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


In the News: 9 million kids get insurance through CHIP. Congress is about to let its funding expire.

| September 27, 2017 |

From Vox: On September 30, funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program expires. After Republicans took a rushed and ultimately failed run at repealing


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