Posts for Children's Health

It’s Time to Reauthorize Funding to Train Pediatricians (and Use Funding to Train Other Physicians More Effectively)

It’s hard to imagine how children can stay healthy if there aren’t enough pediatricians to take care of them. And this is precisely the issue at stake as Congress decides whether to reauthorize the Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Payment P

Solving the Specialty Care Issues for Medicaid and CHIP Children

The New York Times ran an article last week on the results of a new study published in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) on access to outpatient specialty care for children on Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The study

Cross-Post: Got Coverage? 1,479 More Kids in MA Do Now!

Massachusetts health advocacy organization Health Care for All (HCFA) sponsored a month-long campaign to enroll as many uninsured children in health coverage as possible. HCFA enlisted 66 organizations across the state to participate in its Statewide Enro

The Complexity of Covering Children

Positive trends in children’s coverage made the news last week, with the Urban Institute reporting that 1.1 million children gained health coverage through Medicaid and CHIP between 2007 and 2009. While these coverage gains are quite impressive, they may

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
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