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2012 Presidential Election: Where do the Candidates Stand on Kids?

by Caroline DeRosa, Senior Director, Policy & Advocacy

As the 2012 presidential election nears, it is critical that child advocates hold the candidates accountable for putting forth their policy positions regarding children. With 22% of U.S. kids living in poverty and millions still uninsured, one of the key areas of focus on the presidential campaign trail should certainly be children. 

Fixing the “Family Glitch” in the New Health Law

by Caroline DeRosa, Senior Director, Policy & Advocacy

This past weekend, the New York Times published an article about a piece of the new health law that could translate into many families not having access to help buying insurance. The article does a great job of highlighting a concern that for months, Children’s Health Fund (CHF) has been speaking about to policymakers in Washington.

Big Hearts and Big Buckets

Volunteers from Delta help paint a homeless shelter
by Kate Conrad

I’ve worked in the nonprofit world for the majority of my career. I think I’m drawn to this industry because the impact of your work is felt more strongly. As a new member to the team (I joined Children’s Health Fund (CHF) two months ago) I’m learning more and more about what this great organization is made up of.  At CHF’s core, they are about ensuring every kid in America has a healthy start at life. And, how do they do that?

Speak Up for Kids! Help 5.3 Million More Kids Get Insured!

by Caroline DeRosa, Senior Director, Policy & Advocacy

Speak Up For Kids!On July 26, 2012, the non-partisan Government Accountability Office released an eye-opening report about the many opportunities that exist for children to gain health insurance coverage under the new health care reform law.

ITG Volunteers Make a Difference for Homeless Children

ITG employees outside one of CHF’s mobile medical clinics

We would like to thank the employees of ITG for volunteering their time and energy painting apartments at a family homeless shelter in the South Bronx last week.  Children's Health Fund’s New York Children’s Health Project visits the shelter on a weekly basis to provide much needed health care services to the children and family members who live there.   The hard work and enthusiasm put forth by the volunteers will certainly help brighten the lives of the children and families who are experiencing such a difficult transition, and we are so thankful.

Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me

Sesame Street's Abby Cadabby visits Children's Health Fund's NY mobile dental clinic

Dr. Manali Kanitkar, a pediatric dentist at our New York program, recently had a special guest visit her on our mobile dental clinic – Abby Cadabby from Sesame Street.  Abby stopped by for a check-up and to share some important news about a great resource for children and parents called Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me.

Supreme Court and Health Law: What’s at Stake for Kids

by Caroline DeRosa, Senior Director, Policy & Advocacy

In the coming months, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide on the constitutionality of the Affordability Care Act (ACA).  Provisions being looked at include the law’s expansion of Medicaid and the “individual mandate” that requires that everyone, including all children, have insurance coverage. The court will also consider whether striking a key provision of the law, in turn means that the whole law must be repealed or re-written.

Speak Up for Kids: Why the Affordable Care Act Matters

Speak Up for Kids:  Why the Affordable Care Act Matters
by Caroline DeRosa, Senior Director, Policy & Advocacy

March 23, 2012 marked the second anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), we are encouraged that millions of children have already benefitted from this historic health reform law. And, millions more will be helped as additional benefits take effect in 2014.

As a result of the ACA:

The President's Budget: What Does it Mean for Children's Health Care?

by Caroline DeRosa, Sr. Director, Policy & Advocacy

President Obama's FY2013 budget proposal to Congress includes both cuts and increases to programs that support children’s health.

There are many positive highlights such as the investment of an additional $300 million to create 25 new health centers nationwide; additional incentives for 2,800 new primary care providers who practice in areas where there is an existing shortage of doctors and high poverty rates; and retaining the majority of funding for the implementation of national health reform.

Kids Get a Jump on Healthier Lifestyles


Molina Medicaid Solutions in Louisiana recently donated jump ropes, healthy recipe cards, and books to our Baton Rouge Children’s Health Project, totaling more than $1,000 in donated items. The Baton Rouge program distributed the gifts to the children of Delmont Elementary School who also got to meet Dr. Cleo, Molina Healthcare's mascot.

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