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100+ Organizations to Congress: Protect Kids from Overmedication

April 24, 2014

Washington – More than 100 organizations today sent a letter urging U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to support a budget initiative aimed at reducing unwarranted overmedication of children in foster care.

Lujan Grisham Bill Would Restore Children’s Health Care

March 13, 2014

Washington — Legislation introduced today by Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) would restore health care access for children. Specifically, the Health Equity & Access under the Law for Immigrant Women & Families Act of 2014 would ensure that lawfully present immigrant children eligible for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid can get the care they need, without an arbitrary five year waiting period.

Lujan Grisham Bill Would Restore Children’s Health Care

March 13, 2014

Washington – Legislation introduced today by Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) would restore health care access for children. Specifically, the Health Equity & Access under the Law for Immigrant Women & Families Act of 2014 would ensure that lawfully present immigrant children eligible for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid can get the care they need, without an arbitrary five year waiting period.

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Children Are Watching

April 11, 2014

Children Are WatchingCapitol Hill was blanketed this Spring with ads urging Congress to protect Medicare HMOs. Our web ad uses humor to remind Congress that children's health faces real threats too. It ran on The Hill's Healthwatch blog in mid-April 2014.

Champions for Children 2013

December 11, 2013

Champions for Children 2013The First Focus Campaign for Children recognized the 2013 Champions for Children and Defenders of Children on Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 in The Hill newspaper.

Little DREAMers Have Big Dreams

June 5, 2013

Little DREAMers Have Big DreamsThis ad appeared in the special children's issues insert of The Hill's June 5, 2013, edition. On the eve of Senate floor consideration of comprehensive immigration reform legislation, it urges support for an amendment to give all children access to a five-year citizenship path.

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America’s Report Card 2012 Series: Conclusion

November 2, 2012
By Kayla Klein, First Focus Intern Associate

Five issue areas that affect the well-being of children are graded in America’s Report Card 2012: Children in the U.S.: Economic Security, Early Childhood, K-12 Education, Permanency & Stability, and Health & Safety. To conclude this blog series we need to think about what we can do to raise these grades.

America’s Report Card 2012 Series: Health & Safety

October 31, 2012
By Kayla Klein, First Focus Intern Associate

In America’s Report Card 2012: Children in the U.S., report by First Focus and Save the Children to assess the state of children in the United States, America scores its highest grade with a C+ for Health & Safety.

America’s Report Card 2012 Series: Permanency & Stability

October 26, 2012
By Kayla Klein, First Focus Intern Associate

The presence of caring adults and stable and nurturing homes is critical to promoting healthy development in children.