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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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


Advocacy Groups Warn of ‘Disastrous’ Effects of Proposed Medicaid Cuts

| February 22, 2017 |

FierceHealthcare by Leslie Small 2/22/17 The changes to Medicaid funding recently proposed by Republicans could have serious consequences for vulnerable populations and state budgets


The Hygiene Assistance for Families of Infants and Toddlers Act of 2017

| February 22, 2017 |

Nearly half of infants and toddlers in the U.S. are living in low-income families. This means that over 5 million young children are living in


240+ Organizations Support Preserving Medicaid Coverage for Former Foster Youth

| February 17, 2017 |

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Amid discussions to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, children and health advocates urged Congress to not forget that the


240+ Advocates to Congress: Preserve the Medicaid to 26 Provision

| February 17, 2017 |

In a letter sent to Congress this week, more than 240 organizations expressed their support to ensure that youth who age out of foster care