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Joan Alker
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Joan Alker is co-executive director at the Center for Children and Families and a senior researcher at the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute. Her work focuses on health coverage for low-income children and families and those with special health care needs.

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Children's Coverage on the Eve of the Affordable Care Act

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2013 | 6:01 PM

Here's a good news story on health coverage that the public is largely unaware of. The number of uninsured children continues to decline to historic lows - a remarkable accomplishment given the high childhood poverty rate and tough economic times. Yet a majority of Americans are unaware of this achievement.

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If Reducing the Uninsured Rate is the Goal, Why All the Fuss About Medicaid Enrollment?

(167) Comments | Posted November 3, 2013 | 7:01 PM

I was going to write this blog earlier in the week but got waylaid by meetings, meetings and more meetings! Today I wake up and see a front-page story in the Washington Post: Medicaid Tops Private Plans in Tallies of New Sign-Ups.

It's not very often that you...

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Children in the Dawn and Shadows of Life Should Be a Top Priority in Budget Talks

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2011 | 12:34 PM

Our nation's leaders are facing a watershed moment as they try to build a consensus on how to best address the long-term deficit. The path our government takes at this pivotal point in history will define our society. Probably no other group has more at stake in this debate than...

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