Posts for Children's Health

Ensuring Better Care and Health Outcomes for Individuals with Sickle Cell Disease

The Sickle Cell Treatment Act (SCTA) provides an important opportunity to advocate for implementing public policies that will lead to better care and health outcomes for individuals living with sickle cell disease (SCD). In 2003, Senators Jim Talent (R-MO

Something to Celebrate: Three Big Birthdays, One Short Week

Three programs vital to the health care security to millions of Americans celebrated birthdays last week. Medicaid and Medicare turned 47, and their “little sibling,” the Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP), also marked 15 years of ensuring low-income

Foster Care Children and The Affordable Care Act – New Report From CCF And Community Catalyst

In a new analysis, Georgetown’s Center for Children and Families and Community Catalyst, take a look at key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that hold the promise of improving the health and well-being of the nation’s foster care children and y

The Truth about Soda & Sugary Beverages

Recently, the Centers for Science in the Public Interest hosted the first National Soda Summit, bringing together researchers, advocates and policymakers from across the country to discuss what soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages are doing to our nat

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