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One Year Later – Are Children’s Provisions at Risk?

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

A year ago today, Children's Health Fund (CHF) and many other child advocacy organizations applauded passage of the health care reform law signed by President Obama. In a newly released white paper entitled Children Under Siege: Safeguarding Provisions for Children in the New Health Law, CHF details how the health care reform law will improve the lives of millions of children.

Provisions in the law will lead to more children having health insurance and improved access to care. The law also includes efforts to increase the numbers of primary care physicians and community health centers. More school based health centers will get the funding they need, as will efforts to prevent chronic illness that are already underway, including initiatives to curb obesity and tobacco use.

Moving this law forward is an investment in our nation’s future that needs our support   Instead, the health care reform law is under siege on a number of fronts including attempts in Congress to de-fund and weaken the law.It is critical that advocates for children speak out to prevent the roll-back of these important provisions.  Tell your lawmakers you support the health care reform law because it will greatly improve the lives of millions of children.