When enough people in a population are vaccinated against an infectious disease, “community immunity” protects the entire population. Community immunity helps protect those who cannot get vaccinated because they are too young, have weakened immune systems, or are part of the small portion of the population on whom vaccines are ineffective.
The facts are simple: Vaccines are safe. They are highly effective. They are supported by every major American medical society and government agency and are a routine part of pediatric care. Yet the growing number of VPD outbreaks suggest more must be done to support immunization and halt the spread of serious—and potentially deadly—diseases.
CDF joined other national organizations to submit comments on the Request for Information from the CMS, HHS and DOTR related to Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act. We called for the Departments to rescind the newly released guidance and, instead, retain the 2015 guidance that aligns with federal law in order to ensure the guardrails are maintained and strengthened, rather than eroded.
Letter in Support of Vaccine Awareness Campaign to Champion Immunization Nationally and Enhance Safety (VACCINES) Act of 2019
CDF joined other leading organizations to share our support for the Vaccine Awareness Campaign to Champion Immunization Nationally and Enhance Safety (VACCINES) Act of 2019 (H.R. 2862), which is a critical step in combating vaccine hesitancy and misinformation and ensuring that there is continued public awareness of the importance of vaccinations.
Leading Children’s Health and Medical Groups React to Staggering Decline in Children’s Enrollment in Public Health Insurance Coverage
CDF joined other leading children's health and medical organizations in sounding the alarm; new data show that the number of children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) nationwide fell by about 840,000 in 2018.
After years of progress improving children's coverage, new data show that the number of children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) fell by 840,000 in 2018.
CDF joined other national organizations to submit comments in response to the CMS Request for Information regarding patient protection and increasing consumer choice through the sale of individual health insurance coverage across states through Health Care Choice Compacts (HCCCs). We expressed our concern that the implementation of Section 1333 of the ACA could impede, rather than improve, access to timely, affordable and necessary services for children and pregnant women.
CDF submitted commented on the USDA's proposed rule on requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in order to express our serious concerns about any policies that would restrict access to SNAP for those who are hungry, given the critical role SNAP plays for children and families in communities across the country.
CDF joined other national organizations to express our concern about the possibility of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMW) approving pending section 1115 waiver requests to impose work-reporting requirements on very low-income parents and caregivers covered by Medicaid. Approval of these requests would be extremely harmful to very vulnerable children and their families and would directly contradict the objectives of the Medicaid program.
Medicaid is a powerful anti-poverty tool that helps struggling parents get ahead by providing access to health coverage that can help them provide and care for their families. It ensures coverage to 37 million low-income children and children with disabilities. Nearly half of all births are covered by Medicaid. Despite Medicaid’s success, the growing number of never-before allowed waivers allowing states to require recipients to work will harm children as parents and caregivers lose the health coverage they need to work and care for their children.