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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

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

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

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

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

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