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  Protect Children Not Guns 2019

The Children’s Defense Fund has documented the devastating toll of gun violence on children for more than two decades. This new installment of Protect Children, Not Guns reveals our gun violence epidemic is growing larger and more deadly. According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 3,410 children and teens were killed with guns in 2017—the greatest number since 1998.


  Comments on the Expansion of Expedited Removal

CDF submitted comments in opposition to the expansion of expedited removal as the use of expedited removal and detention of families is inappropriate and harms children. We requested DHS immediately halt implementation of the expansion and take steps to ameliorate the well-documented problems in the expedited removal process as it existed prior to the Rule.


  Comments on Proposed Medicaid Access Rule

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.


  Vaccines: A Guide for Parents

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.