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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.

Closeup On a Worthy Cause

Video courtesy of WeTopia

Recently WeTopia Correspondent Will Miller Jr. boarded our New York Mobile Clinic to give the citizens of WeTopia (the new Facebook game) a close-up look at the children we serve and the people who care for them. The video features the kind-hearted Dr. Paula Pollard-Thomas and Senior Driver Steve Diaz. Steve is the quintessential New Yorker: No non-sense, all heart. “The buck stops here”.

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.

Bring the Gift of Health Care to Kids Across the US

Karen Redlener, Executive Director, Children's Health Fund

Imagine what it would be like if your child was sick, and he couldn't get the care he needed.  That is exactly what Patricia* faced for weeks, as her two-year-old son, Sam*, wheezed and coughed in her arms.  Patricia, a single mom, had just moved with Sam into a homeless shelter. 

Thank You Katy Perry & Tickets-for-Charity!

Katy Perry & Tickets for Charity check presentation
By Carol Sumkin, Senior VP of Development, Children's Health Fund

I had the honor and fun of accepting a check for $43,459 from pop star extraordinaire, Katy Perry!   She chose Children’s Health Fund to be one of the charities to benefit from ticket sales from her California Dreams tour.  Katy made special tickets available for sale for her US tour through Tickets-for-Charity, and fans could purchase some of the best seats in the house while also supporting charities, including CHF.  Not only did I get to go to her fantastic concert (and there were real in-door fireworks), but I hand-delivered a thank you note and drawing from on

Play the Fun New Game that Benefits CHF’s Kids!

Wetopia, a fun new social game where you can "Play for Good"

Last week, WeTopia, a fun new social game that you play with friends to help real children in the real world, launched on Facebook. We’re thrilled to announce that Children’s Health Fund (CHF) was chosen as one of Sojo Studio’s partner organizations, which means that our programs will directly benefit from playing WeTopia.

Charity: An Expression of Gratitude

Charity and Thanks

In accordance with the Thanksgiving holiday, profiled five worthy nonprofit organizations to give to this holiday season. Children's Heath Fund was selected as the health care charity to donate to because of our four star rating from Charity Navigator. Your gift (of any amount) can help CHF programs bring quality health care directly to children in need. Please consider donating today.

No Deal by Super Committee: What Does Sequestration Mean for Kids?

By Caroline DeRosa,Senior Director, Policy and Advocacy, CHF

As you are probably aware, the Super Committee has failed to complete what they were tasked to do: reach agreement on trillions of dollars in deficit reductions in order to get the country on a sound fiscal track.  The result of this failure is that $1.2 trillion in automatic across-the-board budget cuts will go into effect starting in January 2013.

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