Child Health Research Data & Publications

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  • 09/17/09
    Without Improvements Health Reform Could Leave Millions of Children Worse Off
    Health reform is taking shape in a way that could leave millions of children worse–rather than better–off at the same time that insurance companies and drug companies stand to make billions in additional profits. Under the current health proposals, millions of children could face higher costs for health coverage and have fewer benefits. Health care reform is complicated, but ensuring that children have access to the health care they need to grow up healthy is not. This factsheet details the three elements that would make it simple for all children to enroll in affordable and comprehensive health coverage, no matter what type of health care system Congress decides to implement.
  • 09/17/09
    Without Improvements Health Reform Could Leave Millions of Children Worse Off
    Health reform is taking shape in a way that could leave millions of children worse–rather than better–off at the same time that insurance companies and drug companies stand to make billions in additional profits. Under the current health proposals, millions of children could face higher costs for health coverage and have fewer benefits. Health care reform is complicated, but ensuring that children have access to the health care they need to grow up healthy is not. This factsheet details the three elements that would make it simple for all children to enroll in affordable and comprehensive health coverage, no matter what type of health care system Congress decides to implement.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 08/21/09
    Child Watch® Column: "The Economic Costs of Uninsured Children"
    In June, Rice University's James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy released "The Economic Impact of Uninsured Children on America," a new report whose bottom line is that extending health insurance coverage to all children in the United States would be relatively inexpensive compared to the cost of letting children remain uninsured and would yield economic benefits that are greater than the costs.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 08/14/09
    Child Watch® Column: "Life and Death and Child Health Reform"
    As a child, Devante Johnson's future seemed to be full of promise. His mother, Tamika Scott, worked hard, managing to raise three boys while pursuing a career, buying a house and completing a college degree. But as we reported two years ago, her family's middle class security crumbled when her doctors told her she had Multiple Sclerosis and strongly urged her to leave her job because the stress of work would make her condition worse. With the dramatic loss of income and insurance, everything she was building began to slip away as she cashed in stocks and used money from her retirement fund to pay bills. Fifteen months later, her problems worsened. Her oldest son, Devante, then 10, was diagnosed with advanced kidney cancer.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 07/31/09
    Child Watch® Column: "Unfair Children's Health Disparities: More Reason for Reform"
    In all of the recent debate over who deserves access to health care in our wealthy country, one often forgotten fact is that this is one more area where Black children and other children of color have always been left behind. Of the nine million uninsured children in America, minority children are uninsured and underinsured at far greater rates than White children.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 07/24/09
    Child Watch® Column: "Eleven-year-old Ronald's Troubling Predicament"
    Eleven-year-old Ronald has just finished the fourth grade at his New Orleans elementary school. During the school year he was enrolled in an after-school Children's Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools® program, which seeks to help children fall in love with reading, increase their self-esteem, and develop more positive attitudes toward learning.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 07/17/09
    Child Watch® Column: "Children Demand Real Child Health Reform Legislation in Congress for All Children"
    As legislators on Capitol Hill make crucial decisions right now to reform America's broken health care system, thousands of children across the country raised their voices demanding health coverage for all children during the Children's Defense Fund (CDF) Freedom Schools® annual National Day of Social Action.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 07/10/09
    Child Watch® Column: "Let's Stop Playing the Lottery with Our Children's Health"
    As Congress drafts legislation to reform America's health care system, our Senators and Representatives must consider the impact of the unjust lottery of geography on children like Carlos Sanchez (not his real name). For five years, Carlos, 15, received pediatric care at the Upper Cardozo Health Center, one of the 39 sites that are a part of Unity Health Care, Inc.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 07/03/09
    Child Watch® Column: "Health Coverage: Making Too Little, Making Too Much?"
    The James family in Fort Worth, Texas, should be celebrating right now. After losing his last job due to the difficult economy, Jason James, who worked as a supervisor at a warehouse company, had been searching for new employment for months.
  • Marian Wright Edelman 06/26/09
    Child Watch® Column: "This Is Congress's Chance to Fix the Health Care System for All Children"
    On June 23, I testified before the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, Subcommittee on Health, to comment on its comprehensive health reform discussion draft. I pressed the Subcommittee on the need for health care reforms that extend affordable and accessible coverage with comprehensive benefits to all children in every state and urged them to simplify enrollment and retention, particularly in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
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