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Childrens Health Insurance Program

CHIP Works: Will Congress Protect It For Millions of Children?

Bruce Lesley | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

Seventeen years later, how has CHIP fared? First and foremost, as a federal-state and public-private health care partnership, CHIP is an American success story that last year provided health coverage to 8.4 million children across the country.

One Issue Both Parties Can Agree On: Give Every Child a Healthy Start

Wendy Lazarus | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Wendy Lazarus

Now that campaigns for midterm elections are behind us, Congress can turn back to the important business of governing. There is one pressing issue that offers our elected officials the opportunity to show they can solve problems in a bipartisan manner -- keeping our children healthy.

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.

Children Need Champions Now More Than Ever

Bruce Lesley | Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

While some might argue that declining investments in kids is the price we need to pay to reduce the federal deficit, the fact is that the American people disagree and believe it to be a false choice.

To Protect Our Kids, We Must Extend the Children's Health Insurance Program

Sen. Jay Rockefeller | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Sen. Jay Rockefeller

When I arrived in West Virginia as a VISTA worker, there were countless children in the community who'd never seen a doctor or a dentist. Their family just couldn't afford it. To get them the care they needed, I packed my Jeep with kids and drove them to their first dental appointment at a clinic in Charleston.

Congress Should Protect and Not Gamble with Health of Children

Bruce Lesley | Posted 10.20.2014 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

In 1997, facing a crisis where 1 in 7 children had no health insurance coverage in the United States, a Republican-led Congress worked with President ...

CHIP: Don't Mess With Success

Bruce Lesley | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

Although the children's groups are pretty much unanimous in support of the continuation of CHIP, there are surprisingly some in Washington, D.C. who are considering other options.

In the Name of Protecting Children, the Poor, and the States, the Ryan Budget Does the Opposite

Bruce Lesley | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan released his fiscal year 2015 budget proposal last week, but the rhetoric in the document and out of the Committee often seem at odds with the budget choices that are being made.

Those Pesky Facts in the War on Poverty

Bruce Lesley | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and his staff have reviewed whether President Johnson's "War on Poverty" has been effective over the last 50 years. There are at least five major problems with the report and the subsequent conclusions that are reached.

Invest in Kids: Restoring the American Dream

Bruce Lesley | Posted 05.03.2014 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

The American dream is in crisis. According to a recent nationwide poll by American Viewpoint, by overwhelming margins, American voters believe that the lives of children have gotten worse rather than better over the past decade.

Money Matters for Both Senior Citizens and Their Grandkids

Bruce Lesley | Posted 04.20.2014 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

Although there are deniers of this fact when it comes to children, such as those who insist the vast inequities in school funding somehow do not matter, the facts overwhelmingly point to just how very important it is.

Jeffrey Young

So Much For The Obamacare Apocalypse

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

The first days of Obamacare enrollment were a mess. The first days of Obamacare benefits, on the other hand, went quietly. The health care industry ex...

Jeffrey Young

Obamacare Enrollments Surpass 1 Million

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 12.12.2013 | Business

WASHINGTON -- More than two months after Obamacare's ugly debut, the number of Americans using the system is starting to grow: Nearly 1.2 million peop...

Jeffrey Young

Seven Ways To Skip Obamacare's Terrible Website

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 10.16.2013 | Business

Obamacare's glitch-riddled website doesn't have to stop you from buying health insurance. There are alternatives to HealthCare.gov, the federal web...

I Want to Make a Difference

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.27.2013 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Jaime, Katie, and La'Mont are three young servant leaders whose stories we are celebrating as part of our 40th anniversary celebration. They are a reminder that we must never ever give up on any child.

Don't Gamble With Our Children's Health

Bruce Lesley | Posted 11.25.2013 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

No one believes that children should be sick, live in pain, or go without preventive care like vaccinations and annual check-ups just because their parents have lost their job or simply can't afford health insurance.

Laura Bassett

GOP Bill Would Gut Children's Health Insurance Program

HuffingtonPost.com | Laura Bassett | Posted 09.19.2013 | Politics

A House Republican proposal to defund the Affordable Care Act would also devastate a program that insured over 8 million moderate-income children this...

Truth, Justice and the American Way for Immigrant Kids

Sanjeev K. Sriram | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
Sanjeev K. Sriram

Justice is lacking for immigrant children because of the social and policy barriers they face when trying to access programs for health insurance, nutrition, and early childhood education.

Protecting Child Health by Embracing Its Success

Bruce Lesley | Posted 05.19.2013 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

One of the biggest mistakes that advocates make is their failure to embrace and publicize success. After making the case for change and building the political will to pass legislation, advocates sometimes forget to circle back to celebrate wins and reinforce success.

Immigration Reformers Eye Obamacare

Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.30.2013 | Business
Jeffrey Young

Could immigration reform expand the scope and cost of President Barack Obama's health care reform law? If advocates for immigrants have their way, it ...

Renewing Our Vision for America's Children

Bruce Lesley | Posted 03.30.2013 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

What is needed is a new and fresh vision for change from our nation's leaders -- at all levels. And child advocates across this country must redouble their efforts to demand change and progress at the local, state, and national levels.

Senate Losing Progressive Voice For Health Care Reform

Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.13.2013 | Business
Jeffrey Young

West Virginia Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller's decision not to seek a sixth term doesn't just mean the end of a political dynasty or an opportunity f...

Sean's Ear Infection

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 02.25.2013 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

When a child gets sick, a family's schedule gets upended. Parents debate who's in a better position to miss a day of work. Under the best of circumstances, it won't be a great day. I'd like to take you through what that day is like for a low-income family.

Let's Give Our Children a More Certain Future This Holiday Season

Bruce Lesley | Posted 02.21.2013 | Politics
Bruce Lesley

The budget and impending sequestration clearly do not align with our children's needs, and what voters want. Kids and their families deserve better. Let's hold our lawmakers accountable. Contact your representative and tell them to keep kids off the table.

Women: Champions and Defenders of Our Nation's Children

Bruce Lesley | Posted 12.04.2012 | Impact
Bruce Lesley

When it comes to public policy issues of importance to our nation's children, female policymakers and women are more often supportive and active on children's issues than men.