Posts for Children's Health

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

The Affordable Care Act is Keeping Young Adults Healthy for the Holidays

Thanks to a key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), 2.5 million young adults will be healthy for the holidays this year. As we’ve blogged about previously, the ACA allows most young adults under 26 to remain on their parents’ health plans if they

Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program Buffer the Impact of the Recession on Children

In most respects, children have not been exempt from the impacts of the current economic downturn. The number of children living in poverty in the United States rose to 15.7 million in 2010—a 19 percent increase from 2008. Despite this bleak picture, a ne

New Steps in the Fight Against Childhood Obesity

In the United States, childhood obesity is an epidemic. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that 17 percent of children between ages 2 to 19 are obese. CDC data also show that since 1980 the prevalence of obesity among

Check Health Care Off Your Back-to-Campus List

For students heading to college, fall is a season full of the excitement and distraction of a new environment, new friends and new classes. With all of the activity, it can be easy to let signing up for health care slip through the cracks. However, health

How the Affordable Care Act Helps Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

Mandatory Medicaid coverage for former foster care youth who have aged out of the foster care system but are in care as of their eighteenth birthday—an important provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that isn’t as widely known as it should be—is fina