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.

House Hearing on Early Childhood Education - Statement for the Record

By Kevin Lindsey

House Hearing on Early Childhood Education - Statement for the RecordHigh quality early childhood education and care are essential for children’s ability to fulfill their potential later in life, yet too many young children in America today can’t access high quality early education and care. This statement briefly summarizes the volumes of research that show the long term positive impact of early education and goes on to explain that the high cost of private preschool and the limited availability of existing publicly funded early education initiatives means that many children are left out.

Protect the Child Tax Credit

By Wendy Cervantes

Protect the Child Tax CreditA recent proposal by Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) would deny the refundable portion of the Child Tax Credit, known as the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC), to children who lack a Social Security number, the majority of whom live in low-income immigrant families. This change could harm little DREAMers who are growing up in the U.S., being educated in American schools, and comprise a critical segment of the future
U.S. workforce.

Census Releases Latest 2012 Data on Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage

By Kevin Lindsey

Census Releases Latest 2012 Data on Income, Poverty and Health Insurance CoverageEvery September the U.S. Census Bureau releases new data on the latest poverty and health insurance coverage rates. In recent years these releases have come with few surprises when it comes to America's children. Consistent with last year's Census report, child poverty remains high while more children have health insurance thanks to Medicaid and CHIP. This fact sheet highlights important data from the report.