The Affordable Care Act (ACA) protects and strengthens Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). In 2011 more than 1.5 million children gained health coverage through Medicaid and CHIP, bringing the number of uninsured children in America to the lowest on record. Under the ACA, in 2014 Medicaid will see the largest expansion since its creation in 1965, and Americans with incomes below 133% of the federal poverty level will be eligible for Medicaid coverage. This is crucial for children like Jane who have health conditions that require surgery and hospitalization. In addition, thanks to the ACA Jane will not have to worry that insurance companies in the future will deny her coverage because of a pre-existing condition.
Let's celebrate the second anniversary of the ACA and important health care gains for children and young adults.
Insurance companies used to refuse to cover children with pre-existing conditions. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) prohibited that and has already helped millions of families. For Malcolm and his family it has brought tremendous relief. His parents' insurance company can no longer deny him healthcare, limit his medicine and medical care or set lifetime caps on coverage. Let's celebrate the second anniversary of the ACA and important health care gains for children and young adults.
Young Atticus sings the ACA song. Let's stand with our children and celebrate the second anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that will provide access to health coverage for more than 95 percent of America's children and strengthen America's health care system for everyone.
An adorable Maeve sings the A-C-A Song. Let's stand with our children and celebrate the second anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that will provide access to health coverage for more than 95 percent of America's children and strengthen America's health care system for everyone.
When 16.4 million children are poor, 8.3 million children do not have healthcare, and a majority of children cannot read or compute at grade level in the fourth, eighth and 12th grades--we have a growing national crisis that demands an urgent response in these politically volatile and polarized times. To register visit http://www.childrensdefense.org/conference
The CDF Freedom Schools program provides summer and after-school enrichment that helps children fall in love with reading, increases their self-esteem, and generates more positive attitudes toward learning. Since 1995 over 90,000 children have had a CDF Freedom Schools experience.
CDF-Southern Regional Office Director Oleta Fitzgerald tells Young Advocate Leadership Training (YALT®) participants about what their role is in responding to children's needs and how they are at the nexus of decision making in this country. The training took place in October 2011 and focused on training leaders on historically black college and university (HBCU) campuses and on majority campuses in being organizers for justice and to save all children, but especially those left behind, from dead-end lives.
Student leader at Stanford University Michael Tubbs from Stockton, CA, addresses historically black college and university (HBCU) student government leaders and students from various black student leadership networks from majority colleges and universities during the Young Advocate Leadership Training (YALT®) program in October 2011 at CDF Haley Farm. Tubbs asks the question, "What lessons can we apply that we learned from the biblical story of David and Goliath against the giants of homelessness, poverty, racism, violence, and so many more evils that threaten our children today?"
CDF President Marian Wright Edelman addresses student leaders of color about the absolute necessity for them to lead an effort to dismantle the cradle to prison pipeline that is leading so many young Black children to dead-end lives and mass incarceration. This call to action concluded the Young Advocate Leadership training (YALT®) program in October 2011 at CDF Haley Farm in Clinton, Tennessee.
Ambassador Andrew Young discusses his relationship with Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the differences in their background and tactics in achieving their goals during the civil rights movement during the Children's Defense Fund's Young Advocate Leadership Training (YALT®) program.