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Health Reform

In 2010, Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, historic health reform legislation that changed the ballgame for children and the health care system.  Over the past year, the law has come under intense scrutiny, with efforts to repeal the law and challenges in courts across the country.

Here’s what children and families stand to lose if health care law is repealed:

  • 5 million children will remain uninsured;
  • Guaranteed coverage regardless of pre-existing conditions;
  • Affordable insurance coverage for families through new state exchanges;
  • Preventive services at no cost to families; and
  • Coverage under parents’ health plans into young adulthood.

For more information, read our white paper: Children Under Siege: Safeguarding Provisions for Children in the New Health Law.

CHF will monitor important pieces of legislation as they come before Congress. Stay informed, join our action alert list.

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The Children’s Health Fund (CHF) strongly supported health care reform. Over the last twenty years, CHF has worked to address coverage and access issues in our nation’s health care system, and stands firm in the belief that access to health care for all is a fundamental right, especially for children.


Statement by Irwin Redlener, MD, President, Children's Health Fund on President Obama's
Signing of Health Care Reform Legislation »

Statement by Irwin Redlener, MD, President and Co-Founder of Children's Health Fund, Applauds Health Reform Passage and Speaks to the Challenges Ahead »

While the legislation signed into law is a momentous step in the right direction towards guaranteeing children access to needed health care services, obstacles will still exist for many underserved children. Critical work remains to ensure that every child has access to care that is comprehensive, continuous, coordinated, compassionate, family-centered and culturally effective – what is called a “medical home.”

View CHF’s Policy Brief: Health Care and Children: What’s Next?