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


Champions for Children 2017

| July 19, 2018 |

Our nation’s children face an array of problems, including poverty, violence, abuse, neglect, hunger, poor nutrition, education inequity, homelessness, lack of health coverage, infant and


Members of Congress Who Advanced Children’s Issues Recognized by First Focus Campaign for Children

| July 19, 2018 |

Contact: Simona Combi, 202-657-0679, simonac@firstfocus.org July 19, 2018, Washington, D.C.—In a year marked by partisanship, several Members of Congress stood out as Champions and


Social Media Kit: 2017 Champions for Children Scorecard

| July 19, 2018 |

First Focus Campaign for Children released its 2017 Champions Scorecard. In an attempt to recognize the lawmakers in the First Session of the 115th Congress


How to Improve Health Coverage for All Children

| June 6, 2018 |

Over the last two decades, our country has made tremendous progress ensuring children and pregnant women have access to high quality, affordable health coverage.


Letter: Please make the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) permanent or extend to 10 years or more

| January 23, 2018 |

See here for a downloadable version. January 21, 2018 Dear Senate Leadership: On behalf of First Focus, a non-partisan advocacy group in support of


To Congressional Leadership: More Reasons to Extend CHIP Now

| January 12, 2018 |

As of today, full funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expired 104 days ago and the health coverage for nine million children


Unfair, Insulting Tax Bill Gambles with Our Children’s Future

| December 21, 2017 |

WASHINGTON—Bruce Lesley, President of the First Focus Campaign for Children, issued the following statement after passage of the Republican tax bill in the House


Kids Deserve More than Inadequate CHIP Stop-Gap

| December 6, 2017 |

WASHINGTON–With respect to the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Announcement that the House will consider a Continuing Resolution with a short-term, stop-gap measure for


Statement for the Record: The Front Lines of the Opioid Crisis: Perspectives from States, Communities, and Providers

| November 30, 2017 |

The First Focus Campaign for Children submitted this statement for the record for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on November


CHIP Policy is Critical for Children, Needs Final Bipartisan Agreement

| October 31, 2017 |

WASHINGTON—Bruce Lesley, President of The First Focus Campaign for Children, released the following statement on the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS ACT of 2017 (HR 3922), a House bill to extend