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Healthy Families EITC Coalition’s Testimony To Support Massachusetts Bill S.2659 & H.4726: “An Act to Provide Equal Stimulus Checks to Immigrant Taxpayers”

On May 22nd, the Healthy Families EITC Coalition submitted a written testimony to strongly support Massachusetts Bill S.2659 & H.4726: “An Act to Provide Equal Stimulus Checks to Immigrant Taxpayers”. While the Federal CARES Act provided critical support in the form of rebates to taxpayers who have Social Security Numbers, it excluded those families in […]

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Children’s HealthWatch’s Testimony To Support Massachusetts Bill H.4622: “An Act to provide short-term relief for families in deep poverty”

On April 13th, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a written testimony to strongly support Massachusetts Bill H.4622: “An Act to provide short-term relief for families in deep poverty”. This bill will provide immediate cash payments in the amount of the maximum monthly benefit for the household size to 30,000 families with children who receive Transitional Aid to […]

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Letter to Congress on the Economic Stimulus Efforts Related to COVID-19

On March 20th, Children’s HealthWatch sent a letter to Speaker Pelosi, Minority Leader McCarthy, Majority Leader McConnell, and Minority Leader Schumer on the economic stimulus efforts related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Children’s HealthWatch commends efforts to respond to this crisis through paid family leave, expanded access to nutrition assistance, and public health funding. However, we […]

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Children’s HealthWatch’s Public Comment To Oppose HUD’s Changes To Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

On Friday, March 13, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a public comment on the Department of Housing Urban Development’s (HUD) proposed rule on “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing”. The evidence on the connection between housing and health is clear: when children live in quality, stable homes their families can afford in neighborhoods with ready access to opportunity, they […]

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Letter to Department of State on the Final Rule, “Visas: Temporary Visitors for Business or Pleasure”

On March 9th, Children’s HealthWatch sent a letter to Secretary Pompeo to express our deepest alarm with the Department of State’s (“the Department”) recent final rule, “Visas: Temporary Visitors for Business or Pleasure” published on January 24, 2020, with no opportunity for public comment. As pediatricians, public health researchers, and child health and policy experts, […]

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February 5th, 2020 – Dr. Megan Sandel Testifies Before The House Of Representative’s Committee On Oversight And Reform

On February 5th, the House of Representative’s Committee on Oversight and Reform, Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties held a hearing on “A Threat to America’s Children: The Trump Administration’s Proposal to Gut Fair Housing Accountability.” Dr. Megan Sandel, Co-Lead Principal Investigator of Children’s HealthWatch, testified to discuss how current efforts by the Department […]

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Children’s HealthWatch’s Public Comment To Oppose SSA’s NPRM on “Rules Regarding the Frequency and Notice of Continuing Disability Reviews”

On January 27th, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a public comment strongly opposing the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on “Rules Regarding the Frequency and Notice of Continuing Disability Reviews.” Social Security disability benefits are an essential support for individuals and children with disabilities in families with low incomes. If passed, the proposed […]

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Children’s Healthwatch’s Testimony In Support Of S.2453: “An Act Relative To Establishing A Food And Health Pilot Program”

On January 22nd, Children’s HealthWatch, based at Boston Medical Center, submitted a testimony to Chairwoman Comerford, Chairman Mahoney, and  members of the Joint Committee on Public Health in support of S.2453: “An Act relative to establishing a Food and Health Pilot Program”. As a nonpartisan network of pediatricians, public health researchers, and children’s health and […]

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Children’s Healthwatch’s Testimony In Support Of H.1264: “An Act Relative To Further Provide A Rental Arrearage Program”

On January 14th, Children’s HealthWatch, based at Boston Medical Center, submitted a testimony to Chairman Crighton, Chairman Honan, and members of the Joint Committee on Housing to submit testimony in support of H.1264: “An Act relative to further provide a rental arrearage program”. As a nonpartisan network of pediatricians, public health researchers, and children’s health […]

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Children’s HealthWatch’s Public Comment To Oppose DOS’ Public Charge Questionnaire

On December 23rd, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a public comment on the Department of State’s (DOS) notice of request for public comment on “60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Public Charge Questionnaire.”  The changes detailed in the DOS’ previous interim public charge rule and the subsequent DS-5540 public charge questionnaire described in this request for public […]