CDF joined other national organizations to submit comments on the proposed rule by CMS to rescind the current Medicaid Access Rule that requires states to monitor and document Medicaid payments in fee-for-service (FFS) systems and the impact on beneficiary access to care. We urged CMS to withdraw this proposed rule as it could leave children and pregnant women, particularly those who serious, chronic or complex medical and dental needs, with reduced access to the care they need.
Statement from the Children’s Defense Fund: Reckless and immoral Public Charge rule will harm millions of children
The Children’s Defense Fund condemns in the strongest possible terms the finalized Department of Homeland Security Public Charge rule announced today.
When enough people in a population are vaccinated against an infectious disease, “community immunity” protects the entire population. Community immunity helps protect those who cannot get vaccinated because they are too young, have weakened immune systems, or are part of the small portion of the population on whom vaccines are ineffective.
The facts are simple: Vaccines are safe. They are highly effective. They are supported by every major American medical society and government agency and are a routine part of pediatric care. Yet the growing number of VPD outbreaks suggest more must be done to support immunization and halt the spread of serious—and potentially deadly—diseases.
Children's Defense Fund submitted comments to voice our strong opposition to the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) proposed rule regarding "verification of eligible status" because it threatens the health, development and well-being of children.
CDF joined other national organizations to submit comments on the Request for Information from the CMS, HHS and DOTR related to Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act. We called for the Departments to rescind the newly released guidance and, instead, retain the 2015 guidance that aligns with federal law in order to ensure the guardrails are maintained and strengthened, rather than eroded.
Letter in Support of the Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections (HELP) for Separated Children Act (H.R. 3451) and the Help Separated Families Act (H.R. 3452)
Children's Defense Fund joined other leading national organizations to express our strong support for the Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections (HELP) for Separated Children Act (H.R. 3451) and the Help Separated Families Act (H.R. 3452), which codify protections for children who may be separated from their parents by immigration enforcement actions in the interior.
Statement from the Children’s Defense Fund: Trump administration’s actions to separate immigrant families will do lasting harm to children
CDF’s response to the request for public comments from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) on amending the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) 2016 Final Rule. CDF expressed strong concern about modifications to the AFCARS 2016 Final Rule and strongly urged ACF to continue moving forward with implementation of the Final Rule without changes.