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.

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Children’s mental health would get boost from bill

| May 10, 2022 |

Strengthening the role of schools in mental health promotion, prevention and intervention is key to battling the mental health crisis afflicting our nation’s children, experts said during First Focus on Children’s Kids and


Fact Sheet: Covering All Kids — The Roadmap to Care

| November 24, 2021 |

While much progress has been made in health care coverage for children, there is still more to do to ensure that the more than


Five-year waiting period hurts children, women

| September 10, 2021 |

Today’s introduction of the Lifting Immigrant Families Through Benefits Access Restoration Act of 2021 (LIFT the BAR Act) would level the playing field for thousands of


Fact Sheet: LIFT the BAR Act

| September 9, 2021 |

Children of immigrants and immigrant children make up one-quarter of all U.S. kids and represent the fastest-growing group of children in America. Despite this,


Letter: Make CHIP permanent

| July 22, 2021 |

First Focus Campaign for Children sent this letter signed by 500 local and national organizations (representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and


Statement: HEAL for Immigrant Families Act expands health care access for immigrants

| May 13, 2021 |

Bruce Lesley, president of First Focus Campaign for Children, made the following statement in response to the introduction of “The Health Equity and Access under


Letter: In support of the Stabilize Medicaid and CHIP Coverage Act

| March 26, 2021 |

First Focus Campaign for Children sent the following letter to the lead sponsors ofthe Stabilize Medicaid and CHIP Coverage Act (H.R. 1738 / S.


Statement for the Record: Examining Our Covid-19 Response: Improving Health Equity And Outcomes by Addressing Health Disparities

| March 25, 2021 |

First Focus Campaign for Children submitted the following testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions out of deep concern


Letter: In support of the Children’s Health Insurance Program Permanency (CHIPP) Act (H.R. 1791)

| March 22, 2021 |

First Focus Campaign for Children sent the following letter to the lead sponsors of the Children’s Health Insurance Program Permanency (CHIPP) Act (H.R. 1791)


COVID relief passes with aid for millions of children

| March 10, 2021 |

Biggest policy gain for children in decades The American Rescue Plan passed just moments ago by the House of Representatives marks the biggest policy