Posts for Children's Health

Sanders and Cummings Make the Case for a Comprehensive U.S. Dental System

Yesterday, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) announced they are filing legislation to address a national crisis in dental care. The legislation would expand comprehensive dental coverage to millions of Americans through M

Step Up to the Challenge

In February of 2010, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius issued a bold, forward looking challenge to groups who care about children’s health coverage. The Secretary’s Challenge: Connecting Kids to Coverage is a five-year campaign to

Treating Kids Pays

Last week the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) made headlines with the announcement of a proposed rule that would increase payment rates for primary care physicians serving Medicaid patients. The rule would bring Medicaid primary care service

Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

The National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health has designated May 6th-12th as national Children’s Mental Health Awareness week. The goal of this week is to help raise awareness of the special concerns of children with mental health needs

Looking at the Whole Problem, Not Just the Mouth – The Need to Systematically Improve America’s Oral Health

Often overlooked, untreated tooth decay and poor oral health have become an epidemic in the United States. In fact, tooth decay is the most common childhood disease, five times more common than asthma. On March 6th, The New York Times reported that an ala

Don’t Forget What the Affordable Care Act is Doing for Former Foster Youth

Much has been made (rightly!) of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions that have transformed health care for young Americans such as the provision that allows most young adults under 26 to remain on their parents’ health plans. As noted in a previous b

Cross Post: Is Your State Reviewing Potential EHB Benchmarks?

This blog was originally posted on “Say Ahhh!” the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families blog. HHS’s essential health benefits bulletin is less than two months old—in fact, the comment period just closed this week, click here for our comm

Recent Developments in Nutrition Policy Affecting Child Health: A Roundup

The end of 2011 and beginning of 2012 saw significant developments—mostly positive but some negative—in nutrition policy affecting children’s health. From new school meal requirements to food marketing guidelines to evidence supporting the effectiveness o

Oh so close…

While the New England states are leaders in the nation in reducing the number of uninsured children, with coverage rates from 94 to 98 percent across the region, there is one area where New England is falling woefully behind. According to a new report fro
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