Recent Publications

Statement of the Children’s Community Urging Congress to Act Quickly on a Strong, Five-Year Extension of Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program

As advocates for children and pregnant women, today we call on Congress to take immediate action to stabilize CHIP in its current form and enact a five-year extension of CHIP funding. Congress should protect the gains in children’s health coverage that have resulted in more than 95 percent of all children in America being enrolled in some form of insurance coverage. Together, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are an integral part of this success and we urge Congress to ensure that coverage for children and pregnant women provided through Medicaid and CHIP is protected and not disrupted in any upcoming legislation.

June 14, 2017

Children's Group Letter to The Honorable Bill Cassidy

As child health advocates and pediatric providers working together toward a common goal of improving access to health coverage for our nation’s children and pregnant women, we thank you for drawing attention to children’s unique health needs and for arguing in favor of a “Jimmy Kimmel test” before acting on health reform legislation. This test is one that should ensure that we protect children’s coverage.

June 12, 2017

Children's Group Letter to House: Do No Harm

March 22, 2017

The President’s FY 2018 Budget Blueprint, Part I: “Skinny” in Stature and Details, But Huge in Harms For Low-income Children and Adults

The President’s 2018 Budget Blueprint may be “skinny” in stature and by virtue of its dearth of detail, but it is huge in the harm it portends for our country’s most vulnerable children and adults — and a bad sign of what is still to come later this spring when the full budget (Part II) is presented.

March 22, 2017

Marian Wright Edelman Speaks Out Against the American Health Care Act

The Children’s Defense Fund has made giving every child a healthy start a core part of our mission for all of our 44 years. We are extremely concerned that the American Health Care Act under consideration by your committee would undo more than 50 years of progress made expanding comprehensive child-appropriate health coverage to millions of children. Today, thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicaid, and the Children’s Health insurance Program (CHIP), 95 percent of children in America have health coverage – an historic high. The American Health Care Act threatens progress at a time when we must continue to move forward, not backwards for children. We urge you not to move the act out of committee without major revisions for children.

March 7, 2017

The Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS): Final Rule

The Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) is a data collection system designed to collect uniform and reliable information across the states on the experiences and characteristics of the children in foster care and children adopted with involvement of the public agency responsible for administering funds distributed under Title IV-E of the Social Security Act.

January 6, 2017

Protect the ACA for Children and Families

Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted in 2010, 20 million people previously uninsured have gained health coverage. Under the ACA, millions of children and adults are now receiving preventive services such as immunizations at no cost, and can no longer be denied coverage because of pre-existing conditions or face lifetime limits on coverage. Women can no longer be charged more for coverage than men and states cannot cut or scale back health coverage for children. Most Americans, regardless of source of coverage, have seen significant new protections under the ACA. All of this is at risk if the ACA is repealed.

January 4, 2017

Congress Must Not Repeal the Affordable Care Act without a Replacement That Protects Children and Families

Republican congressional leaders have stated their intent to move quickly in early January to repeal as much of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as they can without enacting a full replacement plan immediately. This action would result in loss of coverage for millions who gained affordable health coverage through the ACA and would destabilize the entire individual health care market.

January 4, 2017

What Does A Medicaid Block Grant or Per Capita Cap Mean for Children and Families

Thanks to Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the health insurance marketplace, today more than 95 percent of children in America have health coverage. Medicaid is lean and efficient, serving millions of low-income children, pregnant women, children and adults with disabilities, and seniors. Children constitute 43 percent of all enrollees. Without Medicaid’s strong protections, coverage guarantee, and comprehensive, age-appropriate health and mental health coverage, many children would go uninsured or underinsured, increasing short and long term costs for states and local communities while jeopardizing children’s academic performance and their futures. Our nation’s leaders must reject structural changes and cuts to Medicaid that would undermine its critical protections, hard-earned coverage and resulting health gains for children made over more than 50 years.

January 4, 2017

Medicaid Primer

Thanks in large part to Medicaid and its partner, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), more than 95 percent of all children in American now have health insurance. Medicaid is a lean, efficient program that has historically served primarily low-income children and seniors, and children and adults with disabilities, such as Down syndrome. Forty-three percent of all Medicaid beneficiaries are children. Without Medicaid’s strong protections, coverage guarantee and comprehensive, age-appropriate health and mental health coverage, millions of children would go uninsured or underinsured, substantially increasing short and long term costs for states and local communities while jeopardizing children’s futures. Children who are insured are more likely than their uninsured counterparts to be healthy, graduate from high school, attend college and earn more/pay more taxes as adults. As our nation’s leaders make critical decisions about America’s future, Medicaid must remain exempt from structural changes or cuts that would undermine its ability to serve children and other vulnerable populations.

January 4, 2017

Child Poverty in America 2015 National FactSheet

Poverty data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on September 13, 2016 reveal child poverty declined last year to 14.5 million poor children, one million fewer than in 2014, but still higher than before the recession began in 2007.

September 13, 2016

2016 National Observance of Children's Sabbaths Welcome

August 18, 2016

2016 Planning Your Children's Sabbaths

August 18, 2016

Family First Prevention Service Act DETAILED SUMMARY

The bipartisan, bicameral Family First Prevention Services Act of 2016 (H.R. 5456, S. 3065) was introduced in the House of Representatives on June 13 and in the Senate on June 16. This legislation allows for federal child welfare dollars to be used on prevention investments and encourages the placement of children in foster care in the least restrictive, most family-like settings appropriate to their special needs.

June 21, 2016

MaryLee Allen - Public Comments ESSA Title I Regs

CDF has been advocating for more than 40 years for closing the achievement gap for poor children, Black children and other children of color, children with disabilities, and children with other special needs. CDF has expressed our extreme concerns about the diminished federal role in the new act. However, we believe it is critically important to help states now implement meaningful state accountability systems and measures to promote achievement by vulnerable subgroups of children. The Department’s remaining rulemaking and guidance authority is essential to make that happen.

January 11, 2016

2015 Protect Children, Not Guns Fact Sheet

2014 Child Gun Deaths

December 18, 2015

Summary of the Family Stability and Kinship Care Act

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, and Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Human Resources of the House Ways and Means Committee, introduced the Family Stability and Kinship Care Act (S. 1964, H.R. 3781), which provides for important new investments in a range of prevention and family services to help keep children safely with family and out of foster care.

October 1, 2015

Child Poverty in America 2014 National Fact Sheet

Poverty data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on September 16, 2015 reveal that child poverty declined slightly in 2014, from 21.5 percent in 2013 to 21.1 percent in 2014. While child poverty rates declined for Hispanic, White and Asian children, Black children saw an increase and continue to have the highest child poverty rate. Despite some decreases child poverty among all children remains at shamefully high levels. One in five children – 15.5 million – were poor in 2014, and children remain the poorest age group in the country.

September 17, 2015

Action Ideas for the 2015 Children's Sabbaths Weekend and Throughout the Year

The National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths is about more than worship — even though worship is central to the occasion. The weekend, with the insight and inspiration from the experience of worship, aims to generate powerful, faithful sustained action to improve the lives of children. The Children’s Sabbath resource manual usually offers dozens of ideas and suggestions for actions that places of worship might take on the Children’s Sabbath weekend to learn more and raise awareness, reach out and serve directly, and raise voices for justice. This year we are focusing on five key actions. We hope every place of worship will hold a “Bending the Arc Study & Action Circle” to study and act on CDF’s 2015 Ending Child Poverty Now report. Never has it been more important to prevent threatened federal budget cuts to the programs we know lift children out of poverty — ending child poverty requires more investment in these programs, not less. We hope you will also take one or more of the other actions. This focused, united action will amplify the impact of the Children’s Sabbath weekend and strengthen the connection across faith traditions as we unite to improve the lives of children throughout the year.

September 15, 2015

Ending Child Poverty Now

For the first time, this report shows that by investing an additional 2 percent of the federal budget into existing programs and policies that increase employment, make work pay, and ensure children’s basic needs are met, the nation could reduce child poverty by 60 percent and lift 6.6 million children out of poverty.

January 28, 2015

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