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Congress Averts the Fiscal Cliff but Looming Budget Cuts Still Threaten Vulnerable Children

by Caroline DeRosa, Senior Director, Policy & Advocacy

Happy New Year! Although it almost wasn’t a very positive start to the year as the country teetered on the fiscal cliff.

The Fiscal Cliff: What Does it Mean for Children?


The elections are behind us, but Congress still has important work to finish this year.  Unless lawmakers act, the country will face what is being referred to as the "fiscal cliff", an unprecedented combination of across-the-board tax increases and major budget cuts. Over the next several weeks, difficult decisions will have to be made regarding federal budget priorities in order to enact a more moderate substitute plan to replace the severe, automatic cuts currently scheduled to take place at the start of the year.

September is National Preparedness Month: Pledge to Prepare!

by Caroline DeRosa, Senior Director, Policy & Advocacy

As September is National Preparedness Month, it is important for schools, parents, child caregivers, school administrators, and everyday citizens to know what they can do to be prepared when a disaster strikes. Children are especially vulnerable in the wake of a disaster and depend on the adults in their life to have a plan to ensure their safety.

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.

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.

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.

Take Action! Make Kids a National Priority!

By Caroline DeRosa,Senior Director, Policy and Advocacy, Children's Health Fund

When President Obama delivered his State of the Union address naturally the economy was a key point. We heard the President's plans and proposals to remedy the economic struggles we are facing as a nation. We know first-hand that the economy has been particularly harsh on children and their families and recovery efforts are a very important step in the right direction. We commend the president for his leadership on that front.

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