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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 […]

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Children’s HealthWatch Statement on HUD’s Termination of AFFH

On July 23, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced the ultimate termination of the currently suspended 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) regulation, a critical tool for addressing systemic racism and segregation in communities across our nation. As pediatricians, public health researchers, and child health and policy experts, we are deeply concerned […]

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The High Cost of Undercounting

On July 21, the President issued a memorandum that calls for an unprecedented exclusion of undocumented immigrants from the decennial census data used for congressional apportionment, which determines how many seats in Congress each state is allocated. This memorandum marks the second attempt to erase undocumented residents from the census, and is the latest in […]

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Children’s HealthWatch’s Letter On COVID-19 Federal Response Negotiations

On July 30th, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a letter on COVID-19 federal response negotiations to Speaker Pelosi, Minority Leader McCarthy, Majority Leader McConnell, and Minority Leader Schumer. As those who care for the health of America’s children, we understand the vitally important role public policies and programs play for the health of children, particularly the youngest. […]

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Children’s HealthWatch’s Testimony To Support Massachusetts Bill H.4878/S.2831: “An Act To Guarantee Housing Stability During The COVID-19 Emergency And Recovery”

On July 28th, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a written testimony to strongly support Massachusetts Bill H.4878/S.2831: “An Act to guarantee housing stability during the COVID-19 emergency and recovery”. This unprecedented crisis requires strong action to protect residents, safeguard the health and well-being of families with children, and set the stage for a strong and equitable economic […]

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Children’s HealthWatch’s Testimony To Support Massachusetts Bill: “Lift Kids Out of Deep Poverty (House 102, Senate 36)”

On July 21st, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a written testimony to strongly support Massachusetts Bill: “Lift Kids Out of Deep Poverty (House 102, Senate 36)”. House 102 and Senate 36 would raise grants by 10% each year until they reach Deep Poverty – half of the federal poverty level. We must do at least this for our […]

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Allison Bovell-Ammon’s Testimony To The House Ways And Means Committee On Tax Relief to Support Workers and Families During The COVID-19 Recession

On June 18th, Allison Bovell-Ammon, Director of Policy Strategy, testified virtually to the House of Representative’s Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures, on how the current recession is exacerbating health disparities and pushing families deeper into poverty. Children and families struggling to afford basic needs cannot continue to wait. Using the […]

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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 […]