Posts for Children's Health

Recent Polls Find Strong Support for Taxing Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

Childhood obesity is truly an epidemic. More than one in six children in the United States are obese, a rate that has tripled in the past 30 years. Childhood obesity is linked to a number of debilitating and costly diseases, including cardiovascular disea

On This Mother's Day, the Affordable Care Act Keeps Working for Our Children

Having celebrated Mother’s Day with my mom this past weekend, I know that despite leaving home over a decade ago, she’s still always looking out for me. And she is not alone. Moms (and dads, too) across the country are making sure their young adult childr

Ryan's Plan CHIP-ing Away at Children's Coverage

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s Federal Fiscal Year 2012 budget blueprint, dubiously titled The Path to Prosperity, has damaging implications for children’s health. The Republican budget plan would dramatically cut funding for Medicaid and the

$25 Million to Tackle Childhood Obesity in Medicaid, CHIP, and Beyond

Many of you may recall that the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA) authorized childhood obesity demonstration grants aimed at developing an effective model for reducing obesity in children. Thanks to the Affordable Ca

Happy Second Anniversary, CHIPRA!

While the uninsurance rate for adults has risen in recent years, the opposite is true for children: fewer and fewer children are going without health care coverage. This steady decline in uninsured children is due in part to the fact that children’s publi

Taking Care of Business… and Children’s Health

Here at the New England Alliance for Children’s Health (NEACH), an initiative of Community Catalyst, we have long focused on regional coalition-building. It’s been our experience, since NEACH began back in 2006, that fostering new relationships within and

New Medicaid/CHIP Report Finds Program Eligibility Maintained Despite Economic Downturn

Despite difficult economic times, forty-nine states maintained or invested in expansions or improvements in their eligibility and enrollment policies for their Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs (CHIP) in 2010. That’s the headline coming ou

New Year, New CHIPRA Performance Bonuses

The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day was not a quiet one in the world of children’s health. On December 27, 2010, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announced that she had awarded 15 states 2010 Children’s Health Insurance P

Near-Universal Kids Coverage in Massachusetts: Lessons for the Nation

This week Massachusetts officials released the latest data from their 2010 state insurance survey. The survey provided continued good news: overall, 98.1 percent of all Massachusetts residents have health coverage. This compares to a national insurance ra
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