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: The Democrats’ Luck Runs Out

| October 13, 2017 |

From The Atlantic: After a run of unlikely victories last month, it seemed possible for Democrats to forget—at least momentarily—that they were the party


In the News: Congress Can’t Get Its Sh*t Together and It’s Putting Kids at Risk

| October 11, 2017 |

From The Daily Beast: Ever since mid-September, Emily Piper has been on high alert. The commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human Services drafted


Fact Sheet: Health Insurance for Former Foster Youth Act

| October 6, 2017 |

Currently, over 20,000 youth age out of the foster care system each year with little to no support as they transition into adulthood. High-quality coordinated


After Missed Deadline, Campaign for Children Urges Immediate Congressional Action on CHIP

| October 4, 2017 |

WASHINGTON—The First Focus Campaign for Children welcomes today’s passage through the Senate Finance Committee of the KIDS Act of 2017 (S.1827), which includes a five- year extension


In the News: 9 Million Kids Could Soon Be Without Free Or Low-Cost Health Insurance

| October 2, 2017 |

From Jezebel’s THE SLOT: In the midst of their bid to rip health insurance from millions of Americans under the now-failed Graham-Cassidy bill, Republicans allowed the


In the News: Congress threatens to take health insurance away from 9 million kids, just because

| October 2, 2017 |

From The Intercept: A program that provides health coverage to some nine million children was allowed by the Republican-controlled Congress to expire over the weekend.


Campaign for Children Disappointed Congress Missed CHIP Funding Deadline

| October 2, 2017 |

WASHINGTON—The First Focus Campaign for Children is deeply disappointed that Congress allowed the funding deadline to expire for the popular and bipartisan Children’s Health


In the News: As CHIP expires unrenewed, Congress blows a chance to save healthcare for 9 million children

| October 2, 2017 |

From The LA Times: Advocates for children’s health started worrying months ago that congressional incompetence would jeopardize the nation’s one indisputable healthcare success —


Failure to Secure CHIP Funding Leaves 9 Million Children in Jeopardy

| September 29, 2017 |

First Focus Campaign for Children, along with several children’s advocacy groups, released a joint statement today on the impact of Congress’ failure to pass


Campaign for Children Praises Decision to Drop Graham-Cassidy Vote; Urges Immediate CHIP Extension

| September 26, 2017 |

WASHINGTON—The First Focus Campaign for Children welcomed the announcement by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) today not to hold a vote on the Graham-Cassidy healthcare