Written testimony submitted to the Joint Committee on Revenue

Dear Chairman Brady, Chairman Kaufman, and Members of the Joint Committee on Revenue Thank you for this opportunity to provide testimony on the impact of federal tax reform on Massachusetts and its hard-working families. While it is still too early to have a complete picture of the full impact federal tax reform will have on […]

Children’s HealthWatch submits response to USDA’s proposed rule on school meals standard

On Monday, January 29th, 2018, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a comment in response to the USDA’s proposed rule, “Child Nutrition Programs: Flexibilities for Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium Requirements” (7 CFR 210, 215, 220, 226). The proposed rule alters school meal standards so that they are inconsistent with the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and harms our nation’s […]

It’s time for Congress to act on CHIP, DACA

January 12, 2018 Honorable Members of the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate, As a nonpartisan network of pediatricians, public health researchers, and children’s health and policy experts, we know that public policies, even when well intentioned, can put young children’s health at risk. We write today urging you to ensure that […]

Children’s HealthWatch Signs On To Letter Addressing Changes to MassHealth

On October 20th, 2017, Children’s HealthWatch signed on to a letter from Health Care to All addressing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In the letter, the undersigned organizations offered their comments on the MassHealth Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver Amendment. This amendment reduces MassHealth eligibility, and move those who are affected by the […]

Statement on House Budget Proposal

As pediatricians, public health researchers, and child health and policy experts with the non-partisan organization Children’s HealthWatch, we urge members of Congress to ensure sufficient federal funding for programs that provide families necessary resources for becoming and staying healthy. Our research shows that access to food, stable homes, home energy, and affordable health care is […]

Children’s HealthWatch’s letter to Senator Hatch and Senator Wyden

On September 25, 2017, Children’s HealthWatch wrote a letter to Chairman Hatch and Ranking Member Wyden of the Senate Committee on Finance urging them to oppose the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson proposal and abandon the cuts and structural changes it proposes.

Allison Bovell-Ammon testimony before the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development

On September 19, 2017, Allison Bovell-Ammon, Children’s HealthWatch Deputy Director of Policy Strategy, submitted testimony to the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development in support of House Bill 2365 and Senate Bill 1004, which will raise the minimum wage in Massachusetts to $15 an hour by 2021.

Allison Bovell-Ammon testimony before the Joint Committee on Housing

On August 22, 2017, Allison Bovell-Ammon, Children’s HealthWatch Deputy Director of Policy Strategy, testified before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Housing in support of Senate Bills 719 (An Act Relative to the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program) and 724 (An Act Relative to the economic mobility and stability program) and House Bills 2245 (An Act to interagency efforts […]

Allison Bovell-Ammon testimony before the Joint Committee on Revenue

On July 11, 2017, Allison Bovell-Ammon, Children’s HealthWatch Deputy Director of Policy Strategy, testified before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Revenue in support of Senate Bill 1675 and House Bill 2587, “An Act to support Voluntary Income Tax Assistance Sites and expand access to the Earned Income Tax Credit.”

John Cook testimony before the Joint Committee on Revenue

On July 11, 2017, John Cook, Children’s HealthWatch Research Scientist and Principal Investigator, testified before the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Revenue in support of Senate Bill 1675 and House Bill 2587, “An Act to support Voluntary Income Tax Assistance Sites and expand access to the Earned Income Tax Credit.” These bills provide funding to Voluntary Income Tax […]