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Progress for Children's Health

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau's Current Population Survey show the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is working and helping get people health coverage. This is a welcome stark contrast to new census data showing children remain our poorest age group and the younger they are the poorer they are.

Charity Is Not a Substitute for Justice

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In many corners we hear the same old exhortation that the way to fix poverty and anything else that ails Americans is for us to become a nation of Good Samaritans. But has giving a beggar a coin ever been as effective as creating an economy that provides him or her a good education and a job?

Protecting 50 Years of Child Health Progress

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

At a time when we should be celebrating Medicaid and CHIP successes, serious threats to Medicaid, CHIP and the ACA continue to surface in Congress. So, in addition to advocating for continuing improvements in children's health coverage, we must also play defense to protect the hard-earned gains made for children as well as adults.

Healing a Child's Broken Heart

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.15.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It's always very challenging for a parent when their child has a serious health condition. It's even more challenging when their child has a serious condition but has no health insurance to cover the needed care and emergencies.

Big Winners and Big Losers in the House and Senate Republican Budgets

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.11.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

In the House and Senate budget proposals for fiscal year 2016, passed with only Republican votes at the end of March, there are big winners and big losers. The big winners are defense spending and contractors and very wealthy people and powerful special interests. The big losers are children, our poorest group in America, and struggling low- and middle-income families.

Jennifer Bendery

House Stuns Itself By Passing Bipartisan $214 Billion Medicare Package | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House passed a bill Thursday that may be its biggest legislative accomplishment of the year: a $214 billion package that fixes a mas...

Congress Could Jeopardize Health Insurance For Millions Of Kids

Pew's Stateline | Christine Vestal | Posted 03.20.2015 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

Don't Leave Children Short

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Congress must stop playing politics with children and pass four more years of funding for CHIP and MIECHV as part of the "doc fix" package if millions of children are not to be left with uncertainty and at greater risk. We need to ensure our children are healthy, supported, and strong if they are going to be able to support our growing number of seniors in the future.

Message to Congress: CHIP Matters to Our Kids

Jeffrey Caballero | Posted 05.19.2015 | Politics
Jeffrey Caballero

Healthy kids grow up to be healthy adults, and together build strong families and communities. Right now, Congress has a chance to put differences aside and extend funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for four more years.

CHIP: A Health Care Lifeline That Benefits Us All

Sen. Ron Wyden | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics
Sen. Ron Wyden

CHIP is a success and millions of kids are healthier because of it. Every state has taken advantage of CHIP and that's one reason the uninsured rate for children has dropped dramatically since its enactment. Nevertheless, funding for CHIP runs out on Sept. 30 unless Congress acts.

Push for Progress: Children Cannot Wait

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

So many children have lost ground as the trumped-up fear of excessive debt children did not cause has been used by some in Congress to cut safety net programs we know work.

New Congress Faces Crucial Leadership Test for Kids

Wendy Lazarus | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Wendy Lazarus

With congressional support and action on both sides of the aisle, states can continue to make progress towards ensuring America's health insurance system works for all our children- an outcome supported by Americans of all political stripes.

What Can Policy Makers Learn from Experiences of Arizona Children Who Lost CHIP Coverage?

Joan Alker | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Joan Alker

Keeping the successful CHIP and Medicaid programs strong for children as the health care landscape continues to evolve will help provide families with the peace of mind of knowing their children can get the health care they need to succeed.

5 Things Latinos Should Know About Getting Covered Under the Affordable Care Act

National Council of La Raza | Posted 03.16.2015 | Latino Voices
National Council of La Raza

More Latinos lack health insurance than any other group in the U.S., so it is crucial that they take the opportunity to obtain coverage under the ACA. While significant improvements have been made to the enrollment process, some Latinos still face challenges.

Fighting to Preserve CHIP for Future Generations

Roslyn M. Brock | Posted 01.12.2015 | Black Voices
Roslyn M. Brock

There is no population that we have a greater responsibility to protect than our nation's children. Standing on the sidelines while the health care coverage of millions of low income children is put in jeopardy is something that we at the NAACP just won't do.

Your Favorite Cartoon Characters Come Back From The Dead

Jim Hill | Posted 12.27.2014 | Entertainment
Jim Hill

All of the talented artists, executives and staffers who work at TVA were invited to create art pieces that would then reimagine some of the more famous Disney Television Animation characters as the undead.

Don't Mess with CHIP: 17 Years of Success

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Please join us in urging Congress to take action now in 2014 when they return to Washington for the lame duck legislative session. Ask Congress to extend funding now for Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for four more years. We must not allow children to lose ground.

Helping Children in Hidden Rural Poverty

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

When many people hear child poverty in America, the first stereotype is an inner-city child. But in a nation where over 16 million children, more than one in five, are poor, the truth is that child poverty affects children everywhere, although we know it affects urban, suburban, and rural children in some ways differently.

Express Lane Eligibility: A Common Sense Policy That Works

Wendy Lazarus | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics
Wendy Lazarus

More uninsured parents and children are getting health care coverage. That's a very good thing. But implementing policies like Express Lane Eligibility that can help get those with limited resources access to health care in a streamlined and efficient way while generating administrative savings, well, that's a great thing.

Does The Pennsylvania Democratic Gubernatorial Primary Race Signal a Paradigm Shift in Politics?

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Joan E. Dowlin

Career politicians beware. If the Pennsylvania Democratic Primary race for Governor is any indication, the normal rules for politics are a-changing. T...

Celebrating, Continuing and Building on CHIP's Success

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Although CHIP is authorized through 2019, its funding is running out and will virtually disappear by October 2015 unless Congress takes immediate action. If funding is not continued, millions of children would lose health coverage.

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

Joan Alker | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Joan Alker

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.

Representative Allyson Schwartz Is That Rare Phenomenon: A Public Servant Who Serves the Public

Joan E. Dowlin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Joan E. Dowlin

I met Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz (13th Congressional District of Pennsylvania) at a recent fundraiser at the home of a friend and County Democrati...

A Healthy Future for Immigrant Children Is a Healthy Future for the Nation

Irwin Redlener, M.D. | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
Irwin Redlener, M.D.

As Congress moves forward with efforts to reform immigration, quality health care should be made available to all kids.

President Obama's Budget: Finally Good News (Mostly) for Kids

Irwin Redlener, M.D. | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
Irwin Redlener, M.D.

President Obama's 2014 budget proposal contains a lot of good news for children and families on the rough edges of America's struggling economy, putting real teeth behind his recent calls for creating ladders of opportunity and helping to level the playing field for millions of Americans wrestling with poverty.