First Focus

First Focus is a bipartisan advocacy organization that is committed to making children and families a priority in federal policy and budget decisions. Children's health, education, early childhood, family economics, child welfare, immigration, and child safety are the core issue areas around which First Focus is working to promote bipartisan policy solutions. First Focus’ health work includes ensuring that all children, especially low-income children, have access to affordable, accessible, and reliable coverage. See below for more information about First Focus’ recent activities, accomplishments, and advocacy work and tools!

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  • First Focus Published a Summary on How Amendments to the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act will Affect Children

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    First Focus: First Focus published a summary on the proposed amendments affecting children in Senate Bill 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. Good amendments include a provision that allows individuals to receive access to safety net programs once they have satisfied the five year Registered Provisional Immigrant (RPI) or blue card status requirements. Bad amendments include new waive restrictions on federal means-tested benefits, five year bar for ACA subsidies, new federal means-tested benefit reporting that could limit access for immigrants with mixed-legal status, and restrictions for refuges, asylees, individuals with RPI status, and other non-citizens from receiving public benefits, including CHIP.

     

    First Focus also issued a call to action requesting individuals to sign a letter to Senators urging them to stand up for children as they review the amendments and debate immigration reforum.

  • First Focus Published a Summary of Amendments to the Immigration Reform Bill that Affect Children and Families

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    First Focus: First Focus published a summary of how proposed amendments to the U.S. Senate’s Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (SB744) may positively and negatively affect children and families. Positive amendments include removing the five-year waiting period for CHIP, Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for children, pregnant women, and lawfully present individuals. Negative amendments include a new five-year waiting period for tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies under the ACA.
  • Call to Action! First Focus Urged Support for Little Dreamers Amendment

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    First Focus: First Focus issued a call to action requesting individuals to support Senator Blumenthal’s (D-CT) Little Dreamers Amendment. Senator Blumenthal filed the amendment to the current version of the DREAM Act in the Senate proposal. The Senate version of the DREAM Act currently creates a discrepancy in the treatment of children who entered the U.S. but are too young to qualify for the Act’s 5-year path to citizenship. Senator Blumenthal’s amendment would solve this discrepancy by “allowing children who meet requirements of the DREAM Act and are under the age of 18 upon completing five years of registered provisional status to be eligible to adjust to lawfully permanent resident status and be immediately eligible for citizenship.”
  • First Focus Released Analysis of U.S. Senate's Immigration Reform Proposal

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    First Focus: First Focus released an analysis of the U.S. Senate’s immigration reform proposal, highlighting how the bill will impact children and families. First Focus notes that, due to the various waiting requirements in the proposal, young children may have to wait up to 15 years to qualify for safety net programs including: non-emergency Medicaid, CHIP, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
  • First Focus Drafted Comments to HHS in Response to Interim Final Rule and Encouraged Agency to Withdraw Amendment Prohibiting DACA Eligible Youth from Coverage in PCIP as Well as Through Exchanges

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    First Focus: First focus also drafted comments to HHS in response to the interim final rule and encouraged the agency to withdraw the amendment that prohibits DACA eligible youth from accessing coverage in the PCIP, as well as through Exchanges.

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