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Children’s HealthWatch Statement on ARPA and Public Charge

Children’s HealthWatch applauds the recent passage of the American Rescue Plan Act and celebrates the withdrawal of federal appeals and subsequent vacatur of the harmful Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 2019 public charge rule. Together, these actions ensure families have resources necessary to afford basic needs and signal a strong commitment to expanding and restoring […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Statement on Recent Attacks on the AAPI Community

Children’s HealthWatch strongly condemns attacks on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders – including the recent tragic killings of eight people, six of them Asian women, in Atlanta.  These recent attacks on Asian Americans and immigrants serve as yet another grim reminder of the pervasiveness of white supremacy and structural racism. Xenophobic and racially charged rhetoric […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Statement on Biden’s Recent Executive Orders

Children’s HealthWatch, a pediatric research and policy network on the frontlines of pediatric care, applauds recent actions from the Biden-Harris Administration. With over 20 years of research investigating the health impact of economic conditions and inequities, we anticipate that these measures will improve the health and well-being of children and their families, in particular among […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Statement on the January 6th Capitol Hill Attack

The deeply disturbing January 6th domestic terrorist attack on the nation’s Capitol defies moral and legal principles and threatens the health of our democracy, and we condemn it in the strongest possible terms. As we grapple with COVID-19’s decimation of lives across the country–especially in Black, indigenous, people of color, immigrant, and low-income communities–the terrorist […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Submits a Comment in Opposition to a Proposed Federal Rule That Would Rollback Nutrition Standards of School Meals

On December 23rd, Children HealthWatch submitted a comment in response to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Proposed Rule, “Restoration of Milk, Whole Grains, and Sodium Flexibilities” published in the Federal Register on November 25th. At a time of unprecedented food insecurity rates and health disparities, our nation’s children […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Submits a Letter to the Massachusetts Legislature Conference Committee on FY21 Budget Negotiations

On November 23rd, Children HealthWatch submitted a letter to Massachusetts legislators, Representative Aaron Michelwitz, Senator Michael J. Rodrigues, Representative Denise Garlick, Senator Cindy Friedman, Representative Todd Smola, and Senator Patrick M͘ O͛ Connor. We urged them to include several provisions in the FY21 budget that are critical to promoting the health and well-being of children […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Statement in Response To Recent Discriminatory Rules

In the midst of a pandemic and economic crisis that has exacerbated and exposed inequities across our nation, the Trump Administration has finalized two discriminatory and racist rules that will further harm communities of color and our nation’s immigrants. These rules – which include changes to the Fair Housing Act’s disparate impact standard, and resumed […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Submits a Comment in Opposition of a Proposed Federal Rule That Would Change the Affidavit of Support Policy

On November 11th, Children HealthWatch submitted a comment in response to the proposed rulemaking that would change the Affidavit of Support policy. The proposed change would disregard immigrant sponsors’ incomes and require them to have a joint sponsor if they or a member of their household member have used public benefits – including Medicaid, CHIP, […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Submits Testimony on MA’s Economic Development Bill Negotiations

On August 19th, Children HealthWatch submitted testimony to the MA Legislature Conference Committee working on the Economic Development bill. As the Conference Committee considers the reconciliation of H.4887 and S.2874, “An Act enabling partnerships for growth”, Children’s HealthWatch urged them to include several provisions that are critical to promoting family health through creating and preserving […]