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Press Releases

  1. Report: States’ Choices Decide if Former Foster Youth Get Healthcare [April 17, 2014]
  2. Brief: CHIP Success a Model for ACA State-Federal Partnerships [February 25, 2014]
  3. Leaders from Every State Say Act Now to Protect CHIP [February 20, 2014]
  4. CHIP a Useful Guide to ACA Roll Out and Enrollment, Researcher Finds [October 23, 2013]
  5. CHIP a Useful Guide to ACA Roll Out and Enrollment, Researcher Finds [October 23, 2013]
  6. New Analysis: Medicaid Per Capita Caps Bad for Kids, Taxpayers [February 8, 2013]
  7. Affordable Care Act Foster Care Regulation a Win for Kids, Concerns With Rule’s Scope Could Limit Health Gains for Youth [January 16, 2013]
  8. House Fiscal Cliff Bills Would Increase Child Poverty [December 20, 2012]
  9. Both Fiscal Cliff and Proposed Fixes Could Drive Up Child Poverty [December 18, 2012]
  10. Medicaid Block Grant Would Ration Children’s Health [October 25, 2012]
  11. Census Data Shows Congress Can Protect Children from Recession [September 12, 2012]
  12. Affordable Care Act Ruling a Major Victory for Children [June 28, 2012]
  13. Children’s Advocacy Group Commends Obama’s Medicaid Focus [April 9, 2012]
  14. Parents Confirm CHIP and Medicaid Deliver the Care Kids Need [November 9, 2011]
  15. Arbitrary Cuts to Medicaid Will Harm Children, Won’t Solve Budget Woes [September 9, 2011]
  16. HHS Rules Help America’s Kids, Treasury Rules Potentially Harm Children’s Coverage [September 2, 2011]
  17. Health Insurance Companies Choose Bottom Lines Over the Health of Our Children [August 5, 2011]
  18. New Report Reveals Medicaid’s Enormous Success in Protecting Children & Vulnerable Populations [June 13, 2011]
  19. Survey Shows Protecting Children’s Programs in the Federal Budget is Voters’ Top Priority [April 26, 2011]
  20. Nearly 400 National, State and Local Organizations Urge House Leaders to Hold Children Harmless in FY 2012 Budget Resolution [April 14, 2011]
  21. CHIP FUNDING SLASHED IN 2011 BUDGET COMPROMISE [April 13, 2011]
  22. Ryan Budget Cuts CHIP and Medicaid, Risks the Health of America’s Children [April 7, 2011]
  23. Child Advocates Urge Governors to Protect Children, Propose Cost-Saving Alternative for States [March 1, 2011]
  24. Two Years Later, CHIP Remains a Vital Lifeline for Millions of Kids [February 4, 2011]
  25. First Focus Report Finds Medicaid Savings from Health Reform Will Exceed Costs to State Budgets by a Significant Margin [December 1, 2010]
  26. New Research Confirms the Recession Will Have a Lasting Impact on Children [November 15, 2010]
  27. First Focus Praises the Administration for Pressuring Insurance Companies to Cover all Kids [October 13, 2010]
  28. Children’s Uninsured Rate Avoids Significant Increases as More American Children Fall in to Poverty [September 16, 2010]
  29. CHIP Comes of Age: First Focus Celebrates 13 Years of Success in Covering Kids! [August 5, 2010]
  30. First Focus Calls for Further Guidance on Enrolling Children with Pre-Existing Conditions [July 28, 2010]
  31. First Focus Celebrates Appointment of Pediatrician to Lead CMS [July 8, 2010]
  32. First Focus Urges Immediate Action on “Kid-Fix” Legislation [July 1, 2010]
  33. Over 130 Organizations Join in Support of Berwick to Lead CMS [June 17, 2010]
  34. New Study Shows That Chronically Ill Children Desperately Need Health Coverage [April 23, 2010]
  35. First Focus Praises Bipartisan Coalition Urging Health Insurance for Low-Income Children [September 17, 2009]
  36. First Focus Calls Senate Budget Draft a Step Forward for Children [September 17, 2009]
  37. Senate Budget Amendment Gutting Children's Health Insurance Fails [September 17, 2009]
  38. House Passes Emergency Supplemental With Funding for Kids' Health Care [September 17, 2009]
  39. New Child Well-Being Index Shows Stagnation on the Whole; Drastic Decline in Children's Health [September 17, 2009]
  40. Senators Lugar and Bingaman Encourage States to Streamline Enrollment of Uninsured Children into Medicaid and SCHIP Programs [September 17, 2009]
  41. New Report Finds Rural Children Increasingly Rely on Medicaid and SCHIP for Medical Care [September 17, 2009]
  42. Congress Passes Budget With Measures Beneficial to Children and Working Families [September 17, 2009]
  43. First Focus Sponsors Summit to Examine Iowa Kids Health [September 17, 2009]
  44. Children's Groups Urge President Bush to Strengthen Children's Health Insurance Program [September 17, 2009]
  45. New Report Indicates the Importance of Parents to Children's Health Coverage [September 17, 2009]
  46. Bush Attempting to Derail Children's Health Program [September 17, 2009]
  47. Bush Veto Threat Misguided [September 17, 2009]
  48. Administration Ignoring American Support for Covering Children [September 17, 2009]
  49. First Focus Responds to Administration's Threat to Veto Children's Health Insurance Program [September 17, 2009]
  50. Children's Health Care Legislation Takes Steps in the Right Direction [September 17, 2009]
  51. New Survey Highlights Increasing Public Support for Children’s Healthcare [September 17, 2009]
  52. Champ Act Makes Great Strides Towards Covering Uninsured Children [September 17, 2009]
  53. Congressional Budget Office Confirms That Bush Tax Plan is A Bad Deal for American Children [September 17, 2009]
  54. House Passes Legislation to Renew Children’s Health Insurance Program [September 17, 2009]
  55. Senate Passes Renewal of Children's Health Insurance Program [September 17, 2009]
  56. New Report Indicates Bush Tax Credit Proposal is Bad for America’s Children and Families [September 17, 2009]
  57. New Study Shows Cuts to Child Support Enforcement Will Cost $680 Million for America’s Children [September 17, 2009]
  58. Over 300 Organizations Stand Together Against a Presidential Veto of Children’s Health Program [September 17, 2009]
  59. First Focus Reaction to the Agreement on The Children’s Health Insurance Program [September 16, 2009]
  60. First Focus Statement on House Passage of SCHIP Legislation [September 16, 2009]
  61. 1,000 Children Call on Laura Bush to Persuade George to Sign the Children’s Health Bill [September 16, 2009]
  62. Hundreds of Groups Urge Congress to Restore Child Support Enforcement Funds [September 16, 2009]
  63. Leading Children’s Groups Urge Congress Not to Concede on Children’s Health [September 16, 2009]
  64. New First Focus Report Exposes Misperceptions on Children’s Health Bill [September 15, 2009]
  65. Override of Children’s Health Bill Fails [September 15, 2009]
  66. Lacking Votes to Override, House Passes Children’s Health Legislation Yet Again [September 15, 2009]
  67. With States in Crisis, Senate Passes Children’s Health Legislation [September 15, 2009]
  68. SCHIP: Leave the Decision Making to the States [September 15, 2009]
  69. First Focus: Extend SCHIP Now [September 14, 2009]
  70. House, Senate Approve Legislation to Extend SCHIP [September 14, 2009]
  71. New Report Indicates Medicaid Rules Would Hurt Special Needs Children [September 14, 2009]
  72. New Government Research Confirms SCHIP Directive Illegal [September 14, 2009]
  73. New SCHIP Guidance Still Bad for Kids [September 14, 2009]
  74. House Committee Approves Moratoria on Medicaid Regulations [September 14, 2009]
  75. House Committee Approves Moratoria on Medicaid Rules [September 14, 2009]
  76. Senate Committee Passes Measure to Ensure Children’s Health Coverage [September 11, 2009]
  77. Children’s Health Insurance Signed into Law [August 17, 2009]

In the News

  1. Will Medicaid Bring The Uninsured Out Of The Woodwork? [July 11, 2012]
  2. Dependable health care is win-win for kids, state [April 20, 2012]
  3. Advocates fear tax-credit rule will exclude some from health-care benefit [April 16, 2012]
  4. Some Republican governors wary of House GOP's Medicaid reform proposals [March 6, 2012]
  5. Decision to cover more kids pays off [March 3, 2012]
  6. Public Programs That Work -- Good News on Children's Coverage [February 29, 2012]
  7. MassHealth celebrates third anniversary [February 13, 2012]
  8. Keeping kids insured: CHIP shows how bipartisanship can solve problems [February 9, 2012]
  9. CHIP has been a great success [February 3, 2012]
  10. Medicaid may be a better target for cuts than Medicare [May 9, 2011]
  11. New poll shows strong resistance to cutting children's programs [April 26, 2011]
  12. GOP budget bill slashes CHIP program [April 11, 2011]
  13. States in need of help?: It’s time to end the Medicare drug clawback [March 1, 2011]
  14. Medicaid Fight Shapes Up as States Deal with Budget Crunching [February 22, 2011]
  15. Health Reform Sparks Debate On Future Of Children’s Health Program [February 7, 2011]
  16. 10 Reasons Why Repealing Health Reform Would Harm Children [January 28, 2011]
  17. Health Insurance Guideline Leaves Kids Out [January 28, 2011]
  18. Child advocates slam HHS open-enrollment guideline [January 28, 2011]
  19. Study Shows CHIP Enrollees Would Be Worse Off in Overhaul, Group Says [May 6, 2010]
  20. Rockefeller Salvages the CHIP Program [May 6, 2010]
  21. Health Reform Sparks Debate On Future Of Children's Health Program [May 6, 2010]
  22. Throwing the Baby Out with the Bathwater? [May 6, 2010]
  23. Could WA Lose Coverage in Federal Health Care Reform? [May 6, 2010]
  24. Guest Opinion: House health reform bill would kill children’s health care [May 6, 2010]
  25. White House Hopes to Expand CHIP Through 2016 [May 5, 2010]

Top of Our List

  1. PA Medicaid Waiver Proposal: Governor Corbett Changes His Tune But Not Enough [March 7, 2014]
  2. CHIP Success a Model for ACA State-Federal Partnerships [March 3, 2014]
  3. Healthy Kids Are Essential to America’s Future [February 7, 2014]
  4. What about the Children? [November 12, 2013]
  5. Foster care alumni? You may be eligible for Medicaid! [October 10, 2013]
  6. Obamacare Offers a “Welcome Mat” to Get Eligible Kids into Coverage [October 3, 2013]
  7. Effective Communications can Connect Kids to Coverage [August 26, 2013]
  8. If a Paper Application Falls in the Woods ... [May 30, 2013]
  9. Medicaid Block Grants: A Zombie Idea With Lipstick in Texas [April 9, 2013]
  10. Medicaid Block Grants: You Can Put Lipstick on a Pig, But... [September 11, 2012]
  11. A Real Debate on Medicaid [August 28, 2012]
  12. Finally People are Talking About Medicaid [August 9, 2012]
  13. Will Alabama Say No to $500 Million and Hundreds of Thousands of Children? [March 30, 2012]
  14. Prognosis ACA: Two Years Later Children are Healthier and Better Off [March 20, 2012]
  15. Public Programs That Work - Good News on Children's Coverage [February 29, 2012]
  16. Why Health Reform is Not Just About Health Care [November 17, 2011]
  17. First Focus Recently Submitted Comments to the Treasury Department and Health Human Services in Response to the Proposed Rules Related to the Affordable Care Act. [November 4, 2011]
  18. King Solomon and the Debt Deal [August 4, 2011]
  19. Happy 45th Anniversary Medicaid! [July 7, 2011]
  20. Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of a Critical Report on America’s Kids [May 4, 2011]
  21. First Focus Responds to Senator Hatch’s Plans for Health Reform [March 21, 2011]
  22. States in Need of Help?: It’s Time to End the Medicare Drug Clawback [March 1, 2011]
  23. Getting To the Finish Line: Investments in State-Based Advocacy Show Real Returns in Covering Uninsured Children [February 11, 2011]
  24. Happy 2nd Anniversary CHIPRA! [February 4, 2011]
  25. Middle Class Reality [January 31, 2011]
  26. New Report Shows Recovery Funding Steadied Health Coverage for Kids [January 13, 2011]
  27. Health Insurance for Kids Easier Than You Think [December 22, 2010]
  28. Texas’ Children Deserve Better [November 10, 2010]
  29. Children’s Lives Will Be Changed For the Better [September 21, 2010]
  30. Covering the Unique Health Care Needs of Children [August 20, 2009]

Events

  1. Briefing: CHIP = Healthy Kids [February 14, 2014]
  2. Keys to Kids Care: Unlocking Ideas to Improve Care for Kids in Medicaid [July 1, 2013]
  3. CHIP 101: Past, Present and Future [April 30, 2013]
  4. Health and Public Benefits in Immigration Reform [April 30, 2013]
  5. Medicaid Matters for Kids Briefing: Medicaid and Kids 101 [February 14, 2013]
  6. Congressional Briefing: Improving Medicaid Mental Health Services for Children [May 14, 2012]
  7. Fundamentals of How Medicaid Works for Kids [January 19, 2012]
  8. Capitol Hill Briefing: Health Reform - The Impact on our Nation’s Children [July 22, 2010]

Library Items: Reports

  1. Successfully Navigating the CHIP State-Federal Relationship and Challenges to State Implementation [February 21, 2014]
  2. CHIP Roll Out and Early Enrollment – Implications for the ACA [October 23, 2013]
  3. CHIP Roll Out and Early Enrollment – Implications for the ACA [October 23, 2013]
  4. Smart Strategies for Health Care Reform and Human Services Integration [August 15, 2013]
  5. Medicaid Block Grants are Bad for Kids [October 25, 2012]
  6. Prospects for Continued Progress on Children’s Health Insurance in the Seven Southwestern States [October 10, 2012]
  7. Community Health Workers, Promotores, and Parent Mentors [October 5, 2012]
  8. Addressing the Health Care Needs of Children in the Child Welfare System [November 1, 2011]
  9. Medicaid and Vouchers for Private Coverage [September 9, 2011]
  10. Medicaid Block Grants are Bad for Kids [September 7, 2011]
  11. Medicaid Works: A Review of How Public Insurance Protects the Health and Finances of Children and Other Vulnerable Populations [June 12, 2011]
  12. Net Effects of the Affordable Care Act on State Budgets [December 1, 2010]
  13. Net Effects of the Affordable Care Act on [December 1, 2010]
  14. The Effect of the Recession on Child Well-Being [November 14, 2010]
  15. Nine in Ten: Using the Tax System to Enroll Eligible, Uninsured Children into Medicaid and SCHIP [March 26, 2010]
  16. A Brief Analysis of the Bush Administration’s Tax Proposals in the Context of SCHIP Reauthorization [March 26, 2010]
  17. Does Congress’ bipartisan SCHIP bill move towards a federal government take-over of the country’s health care system? [March 23, 2010]
  18. The Impact of the Health Americans Act on Children's Health Coverage [March 15, 2010]
  19. Children in Health Reform: Comparing CHIP to the Exchange Plans [March 15, 2010]
  20. Implications of Health Care Reform for Children Currently Enrolled in CHIP Programs [March 15, 2010]
  21. Psychotropic Medication Use in Children on Medicaid [March 15, 2010]
  22. Addressing the Health Care Needs of Foster Care Children [March 15, 2010]
  23. CMS Medicaid Regulations: Implications for Children with Special Health Care Needs [March 15, 2010]
  24. Children with Special Health Care Needs Bear the Brunt of the Administration's Proposed Actions to Limit the Scope of Medicaid [March 15, 2010]
  25. Kids without Coverage: State-by-State Trends, 2004-2006 [March 15, 2010]
  26. Parental Health Insurance Coverage as Child Health Policy: Evidence from the Literature [March 15, 2010]
  27. Administration Policy Change Threatens Health Care Coverage for Poor Infants [March 15, 2010]

Library Items: Fact Sheets

  1. Eliminating Red-Tape Barriers to Coverage is Good for Children’s Health [April 3, 2014]
  2. Why CHIP is Still Critical for Kids [February 4, 2014]
  3. Children's Health in the President's 2014 Budget [April 19, 2013]
  4. Republican Budget Redux [March 13, 2013]
  5. Medicaid Keeps Children Healthy [February 22, 2013]
  6. Affordable Care Act (ACA) Coverage for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care [January 17, 2013]
  7. Medicaid Block Grants are Bad for Kids [October 25, 2012]
  8. 10 Reasons Why Extending Medicaid Coverage is Important for Kids [September 12, 2012]
  9. Supreme Court Affordable Care Act Ruling a Major Win for America’s Children [June 28, 2012]
  10. Energy and Commerce Reconciliation Package Targets CHIP and Medicaid, Risks the Health of America's Children [May 2, 2012]
  11. The Affordable Care Act: A Major Win for Children's Health [March 20, 2012]
  12. Impact of the Debt Ceiling Agreement on Child Health Programs [September 15, 2011]
  13. Medicaid Works- Key Findings from the Report [June 13, 2011]
  14. Chairman Ryan's Proposed FY 2012 Budget Resolution Risks the Health and Future of Our Nation's Children [April 7, 2011]
  15. Fast Facts: Children's Health Coverage [February 3, 2011]
  16. 10 Reasons Why Repealing Health Reform Would Harm Children [January 11, 2011]
  17. Medicaid Savings from Health Reform Will Exceed Costs to State Budgets by a Significant Margin [December 2, 2010]
  18. Join the Secretary's "Connecting Kids to Coverage" Challenge [August 31, 2010]
  19. What the Passage of Health Reform Means for Children [April 29, 2010]
  20. Summary of the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act [March 25, 2010]
  21. Health Reform for Children [March 18, 2010]
  22. Children's Health Insurance Program [March 18, 2010]
  23. Children Currently Enrolled in CHIP will Face Higher Costs if Moved into Exchange [March 17, 2010]

Library Items: Legislative Comparisons

  1. Immigration Reform and the Implications for Children [April 25, 2013]
  2. State Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Side-By-Side [March 25, 2010]
  3. Congressional Health Reform Proposals: How Do Children Fare? [March 23, 2010]
  4. State Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Side-By-Side [March 23, 2010]

Library Items: Polling and Opinion Research

  1. National Survey Key Findings: Protecting Children's Programs in the Federal Budget [April 26, 2011]
  2. Poll Results: Protecting Children's Programs in the Federal Budget [April 26, 2011]
  3. New Poll Shows Widespread Support for Healthcare for Every Child [March 25, 2010]
  4. First Focus/Fabrizio McLaughlin & Associates Poll Shows Republican Voters want a Strong Children’s Health Bill [March 25, 2010]
  5. First Focus/Luntz, Maslansky Poll Indicates Overwhelming National Support for Covering All Children [March 25, 2010]

Library Items: Congressional Testimony

  1. Covering Uninsured Kids: Missed Opportunities for Moving Forward [March 17, 2010]

Library Items: Advertisements

  1. Off to a Good Start [March 17, 2010]
  2. Lost in the Shuffle [March 17, 2010]
  3. Fix What's Broken [March 17, 2010]
  4. How Much Longer Will We Make Them Wait? [March 17, 2010]
  5. But We Can [March 17, 2010]
  6. Health Reform Starts with Children [March 15, 2010]

Library Items: Letters and Correspondence

  1. Advocates Letter Urging Action to Protect CHIP [February 19, 2014]
  2. Fiscal Cliff "Plan B" Letter to House Members [December 20, 2012]
  3. Letter to Secretary Sebelius on Medicaid Exchange Rules [May 8, 2012]
  4. Comments Submitted to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on the Proposed Rules to the Affordable Care Act on Establishment of Exchanges and Qualified Health Plan Comments [November 3, 2011]
  5. Comments Submitted to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Proposed Rules to the Affordable Care Act on Exchange Functions [November 3, 2011]
  6. Comments Submitted to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Proposed Rules to the Affordable Care Act on Medicaid Eligibility [November 3, 2011]
  7. Comments Submitted to the Treasury Department on Proposed Rules to the Affordable Care Act [November 3, 2011]
  8. Comments Submitted to the Treasury Department and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for Proposed Rules to the Affordable Care Act [November 2, 2011]
  9. April 13, 2011: Letter to Speaker Boehner, Minority Leader Pelosi, Chairman Ryan and Ranking Member Van Hollen [April 14, 2011]
  10. April 7, 2011: Letter to Chairman Ryan and Ranking Member Van Hollen [April 8, 2011]
  11. August 4, 2010: Letter to HHS Providing Comment on Dependent Coverage of Children [August 5, 2010]
  12. June 16: Letter to Senate Leadership in Support of Dr. Berwick's Nomination to Lead CMS [June 16, 2010]
  13. January 28, 2009: Letter to the U.S. Senate [March 23, 2010]
  14. May 20, 2008: Letter to President Bush and DHS Secretary Leavitt [March 23, 2010]
  15. May 15, 2008: Letter to House and Senate Leadership [March 23, 2010]
  16. April 7, 2008: Letter to House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee [March 23, 2010]
  17. September 27, 2007: Letter to First Lady Laura Bush [March 23, 2010]
  18. September 18, 2007: Letter to the President [March 23, 2010]

Library Items: Messaging Resources

  1. ACA Messaging Recommendations - 1/2012 Memo to State Partners [January 25, 2012]

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