COVID isn’t over — we still need protections for children

As American families struggle to rebound from the health and financial impacts of the pandemic, some of the protections put in place to shield children and families will wind down when the Biden administration ends its declaration of public health emergency (PHE), currently set to expire on July 15. We will know by May 16 whether or not Health […]

Pennsylvania children risk losing health coverage unless the state acts to protect them | Opinion

The pandemic has brought no shortage of challenges to our country in the past two years. One silver lining, however, has been the uninterrupted access that children have had to health coverage through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Nearly half of all children in the United States are insured through these programs, according […]

PA Group Encourages Well-Child Doctor Visits Ahead of School Year

HARRISBURG, Pa. — As students gear up for getting back to school, Pennsylvania childrens’ advocates are asking parents to ensure kids are up-to-date on routine immunizations and annual well-child visits. Pennsylvania Partnerships For Children, with the state chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, has released guidance to keep kids safe and healthy this school year.

Pennsylvania has seen fewer child abuse reports; is abuse not being reported because children aren’t in school?

Pennsylvania has seen a sharp decline in reports of child abuse and neglect over the last year, and some advocates see that as a sign of trouble. Experts say they have no doubt child abuse is still occurring. But many children haven’t been in classrooms as often — or at all — due to the […]