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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Senate Rejects Health Bill and Medicaid Caps and Cuts That Would Harm Kids

| July 28, 2017 |

WASHINGTON—Back in January, the First Focus Campaign for Children (FFCC) signed a letter with other major child advocacy groups urging Congress to adopt principles


Revised Senate Health Bill Would Still Harm Millions of Children

| July 13, 2017 |

WASHINGTON—The Republicans released a revised health care bill today to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The new proposal maintains some of the ACA


Healthcare for Millions of Children in Jeopardy After House Vote

| May 4, 2017 |

WASHINGTON – Following the 217-213 vote in the US House of Representatives to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and replace it with the


#CHIPworks Toolkit: Tell Congress to Extend CHIP Funding

| May 2, 2017 |

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has enjoyed strong, bipartisan support for decades, and ensures that children have access to health benefits like well-child


House Abandons Vote on American Health Care Act, Families Breathe Sigh of Relief

| March 24, 2017 |

This afternoon, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced that the House of Representatives would not put to a vote the American Health Care Act, H.R.


ACA Repeal Vote Delayed Due to Lack of GOP Support; Kids’ Lives Hang in the Balance

| March 23, 2017 |

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Earlier this afternoon, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced a delay in the vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) (H.R. 1648)


Leading Children’s Health Groups to House of Representatives: Keep Medicaid Strong

| March 22, 2017 |

American Health Care Act would jeopardize care for children and families Washington, DC—The American Academy of Pediatrics, Children’s Defense Fund, Children’s Dental Health Project,


The AHCA Will Harm Children

| March 21, 2017 |

On March 21, 2017, First Focus Campaign for Children sent a letter to Congress to provide comments on the American Health Care Act. The


New House Healthcare Bill Would Harm Medicaid, and Thereby, Child Health Coverage

| March 7, 2017 |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 7, 2017 (Washington, D.C.) – In response to the release of the American Health Care Act by Republican leadership in


Child Advocates Call on Governors to Oppose Medicaid Block Grants and Per Capita Caps

| February 24, 2017 |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 24, 2017 (WASHINGTON, DC) – First Focus Campaign for Children (FFCC) President Bruce Lesley warns in an open letter to