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  • Marian Wright Edelman 06/22/07
    Child Watch® Column: "Medicare Overpayments to Private Insurers are Hazardous to Children's Health"
    "As Congress considers the renewal of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) over the next few weeks and months, we are pushing legislators to cover all nine million uninsured children. However, Congressional leaders are only attempting to come up with enough funds to cover some of the children who are already eligible for SCHIP but are not enrolled."
  • Marian Wright Edelman 06/15/07
    Child Watch® Column: "The Enduring Mission of Freedom Schools"
    "As a civil rights lawyer in the 1960s, I saw courageous college students organizing Freedom Schools in Mississippi to prepare desperately poor, semi-literate, and disenfranchised Black people for active citizenship and to fight for the right to vote. I didn't know at the time that we'd need Freedom Schools 40 years later."
  • Marian Wright Edelman 06/08/07
    Child Watch® Column: "An Appropriate Celebration of National Child's Day"
    "In President George W. Bush's May 31st National Child's Day proclamation, he pledged to provide our children "with the care, protection and education they deserve." He also called upon "citizens to celebrate National Child's Day with the appropriate ceremonies and activities.""
  • Marian Wright Edelman 06/01/07
    Child Watch® Column: "Hard Times and Child Health Care"
    "Marc Bostic has the look of someone shaped on the football field and by years of practicing martial arts. He's a handsome, well-educated man who had been the senior executive manager for a construction company. On first impression, one wouldn't suspect that he was anything but the picture of health and success."
  • Marian Wright Edelman 05/25/07
    Child Watch® Column: "Choosing Which Children Live, Die or Suffer"
    "Health coverage in America shouldn't be like the stock market that dispassionately picks winners and losers. But insufficient funding of government health insurance programs combined with barriers limiting access to coverage has created a system where some children get health care and others don't."
  • Marian Wright Edelman 05/18/07
    Child Watch® Column: "Wanted: A 2007 Class of Heroes and Sheroes"
    "About this time each year, Hollywood releases blockbuster movies featuring superheroes—typically a man in tights and maybe a cape opposing a master villain. Fiction aside, what is needed are real world heroes with what it takes to oppose a truly daunting foe. As the members of the class of 2007, I invite you to take a heroic stand for something bigger than yourselves and join the fight for social justice."
  • Marian Wright Edelman 05/11/07
    Child Watch® Column: "Keeping a Child Healthy Shouldn't Be This Hard"
    "Children get sick occasionally. Parents expect it and always hope they never get anything more than a cold, but they want to be prepared for the worst. Part of that preparation is making sure their children have health insurance. Millions of low- and moderate-income families can't afford private insurance and are eligible for Medicaid or the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)."
  • Marian Wright Edelman 05/04/07
    Child Watch® Column: "We Must Fight for Mental Health Care Too"
    "The Children's Defense Fund is in the midst of a national campaign to convince Congress and the President to enact legislation this year to extend health care coverage of all children in America, including the nine million who currently are uninsured."
  • 04/03/07
    Keeping What They've Earned: Tax Credits for Working Families in South Carolina (March 2007)
    "Keeping What They've Earned: Tax Credits for Working Families in South Carolina," from March 2007, reports on how low-income families lose billions each year in Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) benefits to high-interest, short-term loans, tax preparation fees, and other financial products issued by commercial tax preparers. The report warns low-income families to avoid Refund Anticipation Loans whose high interest rates cause families to forfeit a significant percentage of their refunds in order to receive their money a little earlier. The report provides action items that lifts children out of poverty by helping their working families keep more of the money they've earned.
  • 03/01/07
    Keeping What They've Earned: Tax Credits for Working Families in Washington, D.C. (March 2007)
    "Keeping What They've Earned: Tax Credits for Working Families in Washington, D.C.," from March 2007, reports on how low-income families lose billions each year in Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) benefits to high-interest, short-term loans, tax preparation fees, and other financial products issued by commercial tax preparers. The report warns low-income families to avoid Refund Anticipation Loans whose high interest rates cause families to forfeit a significant percentage of their refunds in order to receive their money a little earlier. The report provides action items that lifts children out of poverty by helping their working families keep more of the money they've earned.
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