Children's Defense Fund

The Children's Defense Fund Leave No Child Behind® mission is to ensure every child a Healthy Start, a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start and a Moral Start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities. The national organization works on behalf of all children to ensure that every child in the U.S. receives health care coverage that is comprehensive, accessible, and affordable. See below for more information about CDF’s recent activities, accomplishments, and advocacy work and tools!

Medicaid Expansion

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  • National KidsWell Partners Sent a Letter to Congress Advocating Against Cuts to Medicaid

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    First Focus, in collaboration with various organizations including the Children’s Defense Fund and MomsRising, sent a letter to Congress urging them to prevent cuts to Medicaid or change the structure of the program as part of the deficit reduction agreement.
  • CDF Signed on to Amicus Brief to Support Medicaid Expansion

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    The Children’s Defense Fund signed on to an amicus brief filed by the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law in support of the ACA's Medicaid expansion provisions. The brief highlights arguments and precedent supporting Medicaid expansion, its benefits, and  federal funds states will receive to support the expansion. 

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