January 9, 2018

Congress Must Act Immediately to Pass Long-Term Funding for CHIP

Jane Sheehan

Senior Government Affairs Manager

Yesterday marked the 100th day since Congress let funding lapse for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), a critical source of health coverage for many families. Covering 9 million children nationwide, CHIP offers affordable insurance with services particularly geared to the unique health and developmental needs of children.

December 4, 2017

Children's Health Can't Wait: Congressional CHIP Briefing

On December 1, Families USA partnered with First Focus to give congressional staff the opportunity to hear how states are handling the unprecedented delay in funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program. 

Briefing Speakers:

Joan Alker - Executive Director, Georgetown Center for Children and Families

Maureen Hensley-Quinn - Senior Program Director, NASHP

Moderator: Frederick Isasi - Executive Director, Families USA

October 29, 2015

Historic Drop in Rate of Uninsured Children Linked to the Affordable Care Act

Shannon Attanasio

Senior Director of Government Affairs

Great news out of Georgetown’s Center for Children and Families about how the Affordable Care Act is affecting health insurance for children. Based on analysis of data from 50 states, they found that the rate of children without health insurance has plummeted to a new record low.

As their Executive Director Joan Alker explained in her blog, the new report attributes this historic drop in the rate of uninsured children in large part to the ACA, “which for kids was building on more than a decade of success by Medicaid and CHIP working together.”

April 15, 2015

Senate Passes CHIP Funding Bill, Continuing Vital Program for 8 Million Children

Shannon Attanasio

Senior Director of Government Affairs

Last night, the Senate voted to approve a bill extending funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 passed by a 92-8 vote, after the House passed it in a show of overwhelming bipartisanship last month. President Obama is expected to sign this bipartisan legislation into law. 

March 19, 2015

Budget Proposals Set the Stage for Cutting Access to Health Care. Again.

Ben D'Avanzo

Special Projects Manager

This week, leaders in Congress released their budget plans for FY 2016. The budget plans put forward by Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyoming) and Rep. Tom Price (R-Georgia) (the Senate and House budget chairmen) include massive cuts to the health care safety net and, in that respect, are similar to previous budget proposals advanced by former House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin).

March 18, 2015

Six Ideas in GOP Plans to Replace the ACA That Will Erode Health Coverage

Shannon Attanasio

Senior Director of Government Affairs

In recent weeks, Republicans have released several proposals for replacing the Affordable Care Act. Ranging from op-eds to white papers to full-fledged bills, these plans share many ideas in common for how to replace the historic health reform law. The takeaway? Republican proposals would reverse the ACA’s extraordinary progress in helping millions of consumers gain access to affordable, comprehensive, high-quality health coverage. Here are six damaging ideas from the proposals we’ve seen to date.


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