The Senate began debate on health care on Tuesday and the whirlwind continues. A series of bills are being voted on as the Republican Leadership tries to get something over the finish line — but all are bad. Each ultimately would end Medicaid expansion, end Medicaid as we know it with deep cuts and caps, raise premiums and deductibles and gut consumer protections. And each would cause millions of children and others to lose health coverage. Take steps now to ensure your Senators protect the millions of people in your state who now benefit from the ACA and Medicaid.

Please call your Senators today and Friday and get others from your state to call too! Tell your Senators that no tinkering can make any of these bills better. Tell your Senators to vote “NO” — to reject any modified Senate health care bill and the “skinny repeal” bill. With a “No” vote your Senators can help stop great harm to tens of millions of children, persons with disabilities, and the elderly in your state and across the nation. #Protect Medicaid and #Keep Kids Covered.

Ending Child Poverty Now

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For the first time, this report shows that by investing an additional 2 percent of the federal budget into existing programs and policies that increase employment, make work pay, and ensure children’s basic needs are met, the nation could reduce child poverty by 60 percent and lift 6.6 million children out of poverty.

The United States has the second highest child poverty rate among 35 industrialized countries despite having the largest economy in the world. A child in the United States has a 1 in 5 chance of being poor and the younger she is the poorer she is likely to be. A child of color, who will be in the majority of U.S. children in 2020, is more than twice as likely to be poor as a White child. This is unacceptable and unnecessary. Growing up poor has lifelong negative consequences, decreasing the likelihood of graduating from high school and increasing the likelihood of becoming a poor adult, suffering from poor health, and becoming involved in the criminal justice system. These impacts cost the nation at least half a trillion dollars a year in lost productivity and increased health and crime costs. Letting a fifth of our children grow up poor prevents them from having equal opportunities to succeed in life and robs the nation of their future contributions.

School-Based Health

CDF-NY has committed to expanding children’s access to health care services through school-based health care delivery mechanisms. Schools must be considered as essential to children’s health as community pediatricians, specialists and hospitals. They offer unique advantages in their ability to improve health outcomes for children. While the primary mission of schools is to educate children so they can go on and lead successful lives, that goal cannot be reached if a student’s health needs are unmet. School health services can include comprehensive health clinics adjacent to classrooms, nurses performing complex medication monitoring and management for children with diabetes and much more. To learn more about CDF-NY’s school health work, click here.

Learn more about school health in New York City with CDF-NY’s report: Health + Education = Opportunity: An Equation that Works.

Video Showroom

Having health insurance makes a huge difference for children in school. Schools can make a difference by identifying uninsured students and connecting them to health insurance.

Hear U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell and U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. speak about the importance of this work at the event highlighting the Happy, Healthy and Ready to Learn: Insure All Children! toolkit by CDF and AASA, The School Superintendents Association. Get started today!

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NY Lags in Reducing Child Poverty
September 19, 2017, Public News Service-Daily Newscast

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