Children's Health Data

CDF publications relevant to Children's Health

Why The American Health Care Act Harms Children and Other Vulnerable Groups and Why It Must Be Rejected

AHCA ends Medicaid’s guarantee of comprehensive, affordable health coverage to millions of people in America, including 37 million low-income children and children with disabilities.

May 17, 2017

Keep Medicaid Strong for Children

Thanks to Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the health insurance marketplace, more than 95 percent of children in America have health coverage.

May 17, 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

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

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

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

Children's Health Groups Letter to Leadership.pdf

As organizations dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children, adolescents, and pregnant women, we urge you to keep the unique needs of children in mind as you consider the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and ensure that any changes do no harm to children. Thanks to Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the ACA, ninety-five percent of children in the United States have health coverage – an historic high. Children must not lose ground: any health reforms must build on achievements already made to further improve coverage for children. We look forward to working with you to ensure no child is worse off as changes to our health care system are contemplated, and that we can work together to make even more progress for children.

January 3, 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

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State data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on September 17, 2015 reveal that child poverty in 2014 remains at record high levels in the states. Children are the poorest age group, and the poorest are children of color and those under age six.

October 28, 2015

Child Poverty in America 2014 State Fact Sheet

State data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on September 17, 2015 reveal that child poverty in 2014 remains at record high levels in the states. Children are the poorest age group, and the poorest are children of color and those under age six.

September 22, 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

NCH Invited Written Testimony Marian Wright Edelman

July 30, 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

The State of America's Children 2014

The State of America's Children 2014

January 23, 2014

2014 SOAC_child nutrition.pdf

January 23, 0014

2014 SOAC_child health.pdf

To survive and thrive all children need access to comprehensive, affordable health coverage that is easy to get and keep. Unmet health and mental health needs can result in children falling behind developmentally and having trouble catching up, physically, emotionally, socially and academically. Thanks in large part to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the number of uninsured children today is at a historic low.

January 23, 0014

The State of America's Children® 2010 Report - Health

CDF's The State of America's Children 2010 report is a compilation of national and state-by-state data on poverty, health, child welfare, youth at risk, early childhood development, education, nutrition and housing. This section of the report contains information about children's health in America.

May 28, 0010