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Viewpoints and analysis from the CDF Policy team on issues impacting children. CDF’s policy advocacy focuses on the whole child because children don’t come in pieces. We seek to end child poverty and give every child a healthy start, a quality early childhood experience, a level education playing field, safe families and communities free from violence—with special attention to children involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.







2020-03-03T10:20:51-05:00

The CMS Medicaid Guidance Promotes Block Grants and Dangerous Cuts to Coverage

The proposed “Healthy Adult Opportunity'' (HOA) program would offers states the option to use block grants and per capita caps for low-income adult populations -- including parents with young children. This is extremely troubling, as we know that when parents lose coverage, their children are more likely to lose coverage as well.

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2020-03-03T10:24:16-05:00

Congress Discusses Ongoing Regulatory Threats to America’s Children

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform will conduct a series of hearings focused on how various proposed regulations by the Trump Administration will negatively impact children. We are hopeful these hearings will help shine a light on that fact as they sound the alarm bell on the Trump Administration’s repeated attempts to underestimate our child poverty rate and deprive children of health care, housing, nutritious food, and clean air and water.

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2020-03-03T10:25:05-05:00

Thinking of Our Children During the State of the Union Address

Tonight President Trump will address the nation as he delivers his State of the Union remarks. Reports suggest he will present a “relentless optimism,” but our newly-released annual report—State of American’s Children 2020—offers a dramatically different picture: the current state of our children is unacceptable and must be urgently addressed.

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