President's Message

Celebrate Today–But Get Back to Work Tomorrow

Congratulations to all of us on defeating the damaging health bill in the Senate. We defeated this bill because people from across the nation came together and in one voice said “no!” to Medicaid cuts that would hurt children, families, people with disabilities, and seniors. We fended off devastating cuts to Medicaid because consumers, advocates,…
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The Very Real Threat to Children’s Health Coverage

Even as advocates and policymakers dive into the details of the President’s first budget, this much is clear: this proposal is devastating for children, families and communities. The President’s budget makes additional cuts to Medicaid above the deep reductions present in the American Health Care Act (AHCA) passed by the House and being discussed in…
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Tell Congress to Vote No on Health Bill

Congress is expected to vote THURSDAY on the American Health Care Act (AHCA)—the 7th birthday of the Affordable Care Act. The AHCA will cap the amount the federal government will pay New York for delivering Medicaid services.  Yes, you read that right—the ACHA contains provisions that would end the federal government’s commitment to a federal…
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Transforming Child Welfare and Children’s Lives

New York entrusts the care of its most vulnerable children—those experiencing child abuse and neglect—to the State’s child welfare system. However, preliminary data associated with a periodic federal review of the State’s child welfare system shows that the State often struggles to produce positive outcomes for those children.   The data show that children in…
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Reducing Poverty IS Economic Development

It is beyond dispute that economic development can be an effective way to fight poverty.  So, too, longstanding anti-poverty programs have been proven to stimulate local economies.  For example, researchers have established that raising the EITC has a positive effect in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty, improving health outcomes both for families directly receiving increased credits,…
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A Look Back at Session

New York’s 2016 legislative session was a mix of historic wins for New York children and families, and deeply disappointing losses. Most of the big wins came during budget, including Paid Family Leave, which will allow working families to care for newborns or ill family members without risking job loss or losing all pay, and…
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Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation

Hunger doesn’t take a vacation … So says the title of a 2015 report by the Food Research and Action Council (FRAC) on the status of the federal Summer Nutrition Program.  How jarring it is to link the joys of a carefree summer with the sobering realization that during this time, thousands of children who…
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