1. CHIP: Lower Costs, More Child-Specific Care for Children

    CHIP: Lower Costs, More Child-Specific Care for Children


    Wakely Consulting Group completed an actuarial value analysis to assess how CHIP stacks up with the Affordable Care Act’s qualified health plans (QHPs) in 35 states. First Focus has summarized the findings from Wakely’s final report, which confirms that when comparing CHIP with QHPs, across every category, almost without exception, CHIP is more affordable for families with significantly lower cost-sharing and it provides more comprehensive benefits for children, especially children with special health care needs. Read the summary.

  2. Children's Budget 2014

    Children's Budget Summit


    Children's Budget 2014 offers a detailed look at nearly 200 federal investments in children. Download today.

  3. Leaders from Every State Say Act Now to Protect CHIP

    Leaders from Every State Say Act Now to Protect CHIP


    More than 400 national, state, and local organizations sent a letter to President Barack Obama and congressional leadership, urging action this year to protect the health of millions of children by protecting funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program. Learn more.

  4. Will They Invest in Children?

    Children in the 2015 Federal Budget


    The federal Fiscal Year 2015 budget process has begun. Learn how children fared in President Obama's budget proposal and congressional budget debates. Learn more.

  5. Kids' Share 2013

    Download Kids' Share 2013


    A new Urban Institute analysis of federal spending and tax investments in children, Kids' Share 2013 offers alarming insights about the trend in federal investments in kids and the direction of future policy. It also underscores the importance of timely issues, like the federal tax reform debate, for America's children. Download Kids' Share 2013.

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  • Children's Budget
  • Leaders from Every State Say Act Now to Protect CHIP
  • Will They Invest in Children?
  • Kids' Share 2013
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Paul Ryan's Poverty Plan

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

On July 24, 2014, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan released Expanding Opportunity in America, his plan to reduce poverty in America.

The Basics of the Children’s Health Insurance Program What Every Staffer Needs to Know about CHIP

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

This latest First Focus fact sheet provides an overview of CHIP, including important background information about the program's history, financing as well as the mechanics of how CHIP is implemented i

Analysis of the HUMANE Act

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

On July 16, 2014, Senator Cornyn and Congressman Cuellar introduced the Helping Unaccompanied Minors and Alleviating National Emergency (HUMANE) Act (S.2611/H.R.5114) to address the recent influx of u

Closing the Summer Nutrition and Academic Gaps

Thursday, June 12, 2014

June marks the end of the school year for most students in Kindergarten through 12th grade and the beginning of summer break.

School Meals Fact Sheet

Thursday, June 5, 2014

This fact sheet highlights some of the improvements to child nutrition and the school food environment through the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.

Letter to Department of Education on Charter School Civil Rights

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

First Focus sent this letter to Catherine Lhamon, Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights at the Department of Education, to thank her for her leadership in sending a dear colleague to charter school oper

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Study Compares CHIP Coverage to Qualified Health Plans

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Over the past few weeks the stories of child refugees fleeing unspeakable violence in Central America, as well as their uncertain fate in the…

Improving Kids Eating Habits May Take Time, but Healthy School Meals are Critical

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Over the last decade, many local and federal officials have worked to make the food served to our children in schools healthier so that all…

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