The President Proposes Important Investments for Children
President Obama’s 2011 Budget signals the President’s continued commitment to children and families even in these extraordinarily tough economic times. It reflects the President’s understanding that investing in children now will ensure a more stable economy and a healthier, more competitive workforce in the future and is consistent with the President’s assertion in his State of the Union address that “the best anti-poverty program around is a world-class education.” The President’s Budget tackles the deficit and at the same time makes important investments in children and low-income families. In education and throughout other areas of the budget, there is attention to the needs of children of all ages and recognition of the crucial need for investments in prevention and basic supports that reach across systems and focus on the whole child to help reduce the multiple risks many children now face. Learn more about how the President’s Budget impacts children’s health, education, early childhood, nutrition, the child welfare system, the juvenile justice system, supports for families and more.
Children’s Health Policy Update
Earlier this week President Obama released his proposal for health reform, “Putting Americans in Control of Their Health Care.” Drawing from health reform bills earlier approved by the House of Representatives and the Senate, the President outlined a number of policies he wants included in a final health reform bill to make health insurance more affordable for all Americans. It is very good news for children that the President is following the Senate’s lead and preserving the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through FY 2019 and extending funding for this important child health safety net for an additional year through FY 2016. The expansion of Medicaid to individuals at or below 133 percent of the federal poverty level will also make millions of additional children and parents eligible for coverage. Simplifications in the enrollment process for CHIP and Medicaid are also noted. The proposal also includes important insurance market reforms to assist children and adults, the creation of subsidies to help families purchase affordable coverage, a health insurance “exchange,” a mandate for health coverage, and other improvements to the health care delivery system.
On February 25th the leadership in the House and Senate will meet with President Obama in a televised bipartisan summit to discuss additional ideas for making our health care system work better. We cannot turn our backs on 31 million children and adults. We need health reform now! Bookmark our Health Reform Legislative Update webpage and check back in the coming days and weeks as we continue to work to ensure real health reform for children.
Effective Advertising for Children
CDF congratulates board member Pat Fallon, founder of the advertising firm Fallon Worldwide, whose life work will be recognized next month when he is inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame® by the American Advertising Federation. Fallon Worldwide has collaborated with CDF for more than two decades to produce effective and powerful advertising campaigns that educate the public on children's issues. Visit our Fallon tribute page to watch videos and view posters illustrating CDF’s and Fallon’s long-standing partnership.