There’s no question—the recession has made this a tough couple of years for American families. Kids have felt the economic impact too. A new study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that the official child poverty rate, which is a conservative estimate of those living in economic hardship around the country, increased 18 percent from 2000 to 2009.
Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced awards of $95 million to 278 school-based health centers across the country.
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, along with Education Secretary Arne Duncan, made the announcement, with Secretary of Education Duncan noting:
Medicaid is an essential health care program that provides nursing home and other long-term care for seniors and people with disabilities, as well as health coverage for low-income children and families. What many don’t realize is that Medicaid is also a major driver of economic growth through federal funding to state economies, stimulating business activity and generating jobs.
This blog was written by Dr. Sanjay Gupta and originally featured on CNN.
July 5, 2000, was going to be a magical day as my husband and I traveled to New York City for my scheduled C-section in great anticipation of welcoming the newest member of our family. Our 2-year-old son, Spencer, was going to be a big brother.
Two years ago, President Obama signed the Children’s Health Insurance Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA), which extended the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and provided much-needed resources to help states enroll eligible children. CHIP, along with Medicaid, provides health coverage for children in low- and moderate-income families.
Thanksgiving is a holiday where Americans gather together with their family and friends and, as the name implies, give thanks for everything they have. With the recession, it’s been difficult for many families to find the silver lining. Millions of hard-working Americans have been laid off, losing their income as well as health care benefits for themselves and their families.
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, help is on the way; and not just for families who have fallen on hard times, but also for the neediest among us who have been neglected for years.
Just last month, consumer advocates and families across the country celebrated as new provisions from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act took effect. This included one of the most popular provisions—banning insurers from denying children access to health coverage due to pre-existing conditions—which would be an enormous help to parents everywhere.
However, that celebration didn’t last long: We got word just a few weeks ago that a handful of insurance companies have decided to stop selling child-only insurance policies.
Examines what states are doing to make sure that all children (including those with pre-existing conditions) can get affordable health insurance.
This post has been written by MomsRising.
Imagine that you’re cooking dinner and all of a sudden, your two-year-old daughter has a seizure again. And worse yet, you know the next trip to the hospital will bring your daughter closer to exhausting her lifetime limits on her health insurance coverage.
This was the reality of Julie, a MomsRising member in California, until health care reform was passed.
Is it too much to ask for our kids to be healthy and receive the education they deserve? I guess for some people the answer is yes.
According to an article from The Hill, Governor Dave Heineman is backing school administrators into a corner by pitting education against health in an effort to stop Medicaid expansions.