Letter Supporting Overmedication Reform Initiative


April 23, 2014
By Shadi Houshyar

Letter Supporting Overmedication Reform InitiativeThis letter, signed by 115 national and state organizations, urges congressional leadership to support President Obama’s FY15 budget proposal to allocate $750 million (over 5 years) to ACF/CMS to reduce the over-prescription of psychotropic medication to foster children. Children in foster care are four times as likely as other children to be prescribed medication to address their mental and behavioral health needs.

Children's Budget Coalition 2015 Appropriations Letter

April 15, 2014
By Jared Solomon

Children's Budget Coalition 2015 Appropriations LetterTwenty member organizations of the Children's Budget Coalition signed a letter to House and Senate Appropriators calling for the highest level of investments for children in the Fiscal Year 2015 appropriation bills. Annual appropriations for investments for children are now less than they were in 2007, prior to the Great Recession.

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.

CHIP is Critical for the Future of Children's Health

By Lisa Shapiro

CHIP is Critical for the Future of Children's HealthThe Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has played a critical role in reducing the numbers of uninsured children in America. But unless Congress acts, CHIP funding will drop by 70 percent in 2015.

This paper and discusses how CHIP fits into today's health care system, focusing on why CHIP continues to be an essential source of coverage for kids. It also underscores the consequences for children's health of the coming CHIP funding crisis and why protecting the future of children's health means continued funding for CHIP.