The Georgetown University Center for Children and Families (CCF) is an independent, nonpartisan policy and research center founded in 2005 with a mission to expand and improve high-quality, affordable health coverage for America’s children and families.
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February 19, 2021
We’ve been tracking the rates of uninsured children for more than a decade now, and after reaching an all time low in 2016 nationwide, the number started going in the wrong direction over the past three years. From 2016 to 2019 approximately 726,000 more children became uninsured. Children are twice as likely to be uninsured in states that have not expanded Medicaid and the gap is growing. The report we released today looks more closely at this increased concentration of uninsured children in states that have not expanded Medicaid to parents and other adults. This data was collected pre-...
MomsRising Education Fund
April 22, 2020
Many Americans have lost their jobs and their health insurance due to the COVID-19 pandemic and find themselves in immediate need of affordable health coverage. Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provide free or low-cost health coverage for children and pregnant women with low and moderate incomes. Medicaid coverage is available to low-income adults in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and is available to some low-income parents in states that have not yet expanded Medicaid. To help families in need of affordable health coverage, we answer...
March 30, 2020
As we continue to unpack the Families First Coronavirus Response Act , we thought we’d take a closer look at how the bill will impact pregnant women covered by Medicaid and CHIP. First, some important background. Eligibility. Medicaid and CHIP offer multiple coverage pathways for pregnant women, including mandatory and optional coverage groups. Medicaid requires coverage of pregnant women with incomes at or below 133% of poverty, however all but four states (ID, LA, OK, SD) have opted to cover pregnant women at higher income levels. The median income level for Medicaid coverage of pregnant...
January 27, 2020
[Nota del Editor: Anita Sackuvich, madre soltera que tiene dos hijos discapacitados y que había estado viviendo sin seguro médico, participó en la conferencia de prensa de Close the Gap Idaho el 6 de enero de 2020 para compartir la alegría que sintió al poder adquirir cobertura de salud a través de la expansión de Medicaid de Idaho. Después de enfrentar crecientes deudas médicas debido a una cirugía que le salvó la vida, Anita finalmente tiene cobertura de salud e hizo la siguiente declaración después del discurso del gobernador Brad Little.] Me llamo Anita, soy madre soltera de dos hijos que...
January 27, 2020
My name is Anita, I’m a single mother to two children with disabilities and work as a caregiver making $13 an hour in an assisted living facility. While I love my job dearly, it hasn’t provided health benefits. Last Wednesday on January 1st, that all changed when I finally got health coverage for the first time in six years through Medicaid.
November 7, 2019
This year, we released our ninth annual report tracking children’s health insurance coverage and the findings were alarming: Between 2016 and 2018, the number of uninsured children in the U.S. increased by more than 400,000, bringing the total number of uninsured children to over 4 million in the nation. What’s so alarming about this trend is that loss of coverage came during a time of strong economic growth and low unemployment – children should have been gaining coverage instead of losing it. As we highlight in our report, this serious erosion of child health coverage is due in large part...
October 28, 2019
It’s hard to keep up these days on the policies pushed by this Administration that unfairly target immigrant families, but it’s important to be aware and to hold those who are in power accountable. Over the last two years, we’ve tracked harmful policies such as “zero tolerance” at the border and changes to public charge rules that promote wealth above all else. These policies have been challenged in the courts and thankfully, the plaintiffs have had some successes worth celebrating.
June 1, 2018
Recently, the Administration announced a change in immigration policy that has resulted in at least 700 children being separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border since October 1.
May 29, 2018
Two weeks ago, the Administration revealed its budget rescission proposal – $15 billion in rescissions, almost half of which would come from CHIP.
May 9, 2018
If you’ve been following news reports about federal immigration policy, you’ve been busy – there is a lot going on.
May 8, 2018
Following the bipartisan agreement earlier this year to extend CHIP funding for ten years, it was more than a bit surprising to hear yesterday that the Trump Administration wants to cut CHIP funds.
May 3, 2018
Get sick on the weekend? Catch an injury playing a sport? Have a pre-existing condition? Need mental health treatment? As Los Angeles Times Columnist Michael Hiltzik recently reported, short-term health plans might not have you and your loved ones covered.
April 27, 2018
Recently, we shared the story of Austin Carrigg and her family, and the journey they went on together with their adopted baby girl, Melanie. When Melanie united with her mom, dad, and two brothers in 2012, the Carriggs knew the road ahead wouldn’t always be a smooth one. Melanie came into the family a medically complex child, the diagnoses including Down syndrome, congenital heart defect, and deafness. But they felt better prepared than other families and ready to lead the charge -- one of their sons was diagnosed with Mastocytosis, and they understood how to navigate the stresses of...
April 13, 2018
Written by Joan Alker , Executive Director of the Center for Children and Families The President issued an executive order yesterday titled “Reducing Poverty in America by Promoting Opportunity and Economic Mobility”. It requires the Secretaries of Treasury, Agriculture, Commerce, Labor, HHS, HUD, Transportation and Education to review all regulations and guidance to ensure they are in compliance with the executive order and submit a list of recommended regulatory and policy changes to accomplish the principles outlined in the order. So what are those principles? The Executive order states: “...
March 29, 2018
I met Charlie and Rebecca Wood of Virginia recently. We were able to help them create a short video to explain how important Medicaid is to Charlie and her family. I wrote about some amazing families like the Woods last summer and our colleague Marta Conner wrote about her daughter and the importance of Medicaid to her family as well. As always, I am in awe of the love, hard work and success of all these parents and children. They advocate for not only themselves but also work for all families who currently need Medicaid or – whether they know it or not – may need it in the future. Rebecca...
February 10, 2017
My daughter Caroline is alive because of Medicaid. The medications, the equipment and the nursing care that have helped us manage her severe disability would not be possible without the federal program’s support. Now, with Congress and the White House considering cuts and restructuring for Medicaid, it’s important to consider children like Caroline. We welcomed our little girl into the world seven years ago. We were in love the second we met her. She was sweet, bright, and observant from the very beginning. Caroline’s early infancy was easy and uneventful, and she met most of the first year...
January 17, 2017
This Q&A originally appeared on Bundoo.com . Question: From a policy point of view, it seems inevitable that the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is heading for repeal or major changes. How has the law helped children and families? Answer: Congressional leaders have made clear that repealing the Affordable Care Act is a top priority for them moving forward. So we will definitely see action, but what that action will be I think is still unclear. Talk is cheap, but governing is hard, and health policy is really hard. So it is not that easy to repeal the Affordable Care Act without...
November 20, 2013
Here’s a good news story on health coverage that the public is largely unaware of. The number of uninsured children continues to decline to historic lows – a remarkable accomplishment given the high childhood poverty rate and tough economic times. Yet a majority of Americans are unaware of this achievement. In a poll CCF commissioned by PerryUndem Research and Communications, we found only 13% of Americans realize that children are gaining coverage. In fact, a majority of Americans think the number of uninsured children is rising. That’s understandable given the slow economic recovery. Many...
October 29, 2013
At the three-week mark, it’s time to admit that the problems with Healthcare.Gov are more than opening day jitters and huge lines at the box office. On one hand, the sheer number and complexity of the business functions that Healthcare.Gov is intended to perform require extremely sophisticated and high-performing software and hardware. On the other hand, it’s really messed up. And the President owned up to that yesterday. The federal marketplace has been compared to sites such as Travelocity or Amazon, and ease of shopping is certainly an essential component of the consumer experience. But if...
May 16, 2013
Stacy Cook at Senate hearing in April More than 3 years after Congress enacted the Affordable Care Act, both the House and Senate are still holding hearings on the law, covering everything from how the Administration is working to implement the law to what it will mean for our health insurance system in 2014. Recently, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee held a hearing with the understated title of, “A New, Open Marketplace: The Effect of Guaranteed Issue and New Rating Rules.” A representative of the Administration provided an update on implementation, my colleague...
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