We must continue the push to protect Medicaid! The Senate was expected to begin debate this week on their health care bill, the misnamed Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), and bring it to a vote by the end of the week, but Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has just postponed the vote – AGAIN. We must keep the pressure on and remind the Senate just how devastating the BCRA would be for children and families. The deeply harmful, deeply unpopular BCRA would end Medicaid as we know it – a lifeline for more than 37 million children, more than 40 percent of all children with special health care needs and more than 40 percent of all births – to pay for a giant tax cut for wealthy individuals and corporations. It would rip away health coverage from at least 22 million Americans, leave millions of Americans paying more for less health care, and undermine protections for children and adults with pre-existing conditions. The Time is Now! Call your Senators and tell them to Protect Medicaid and Vote NO on the Better Care Reconciliation Act!

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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