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.


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

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