Millions of Children Could Lose Health Coverage Starting Next Month.

Lawmakers have yet to renew funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which insures nearly 9 million children in low-income families. Lawmakers have yet to renew federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, also known as CHIP, which insures nearly nine million children in low-income families. Most states will run out of money in the next few months if Congress does not act.

CBT, Pharmacotherapy Both Safe, Effective for Childhood Anxiety.

The combination of sertraline and CBT significantly improved clinician-reported primary anxiety symptoms and treatment response.

A meta-analysis published in JAMA Pediatricsshowed that both cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and pharmacotherapy are effective treatments for anxiety disorders in children and adolescents younger than 18. Read more at

One in five American children live with hunger.

The United States has one of the worst rates of child hunger among high-income countries. A recent UNICEF analysis puts it in perspective: About 20% of American children live in food-insecure households, meaning they lack access to safe and nutritious foods.

The big picture: Child hunger is a worldwide problem, with some of the world’s poorest countries in Africa reporting rates upwards of 70%. But among wealthy nations as defined by the World Bank, the United States has the fourth worst child hunger problem, followed only by Lithuania, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay.

The United States has one of the worst rates of child hunger among high-income countries.


Nearly half of American children experience some adverse childhood experience. Sesame Street wants to help them cope.

Give yourself a hug. Zach Hyman/Sesame Workshop

Cookie Monster is all wound up. The Count has him hold up his furry blue fingers, count them (of course), and blow on each one in turn as if he were blowing out a birthday candle. Afterward, Cookie declares, in his familiar growly voice, that he feels much better. “Hey! Me feel terrific! Me calm. Me relaxed.” You won’t be catching this scene on HBO or PBS. It’s part of a special initiative called Sesame Street in Communities. Free materials, including videos, books and games, will be released today to help parents and caregivers, in turn, help young children cope with traumatic experiences. The science of adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs for short, is beginning to transform education and social services. ACEs include poverty, abuse and neglect, domestic violence, divorce, and mental illness or substance abuse on the part of a caregiver. Rad more at

Advocacy groups that support the Affordable Care Act are taking matters into their own hands.

Affordable Care Act

ObamaCare groups: If Trump won’t, we will.

ObamaCare groups are launching a massive campaign to enroll Americans without health insurance after President Trump slashed the budget for enrollment promotion by 90 percent and cut the enrollment period in half.Advocacy groups that support the Affordable Care Act are taking matters into their own hands. With the Trump administration cutting back on advertising and outreach, outside groups are mobilizing for a massive, nationwide campaign for the next ObamaCare enrollment period. They say it’s up to them to get the word out. “Going into this year, whichever way you look at it, you don’t have the support of the administration and, frankly, it’s one that’s actively trying to sabotage the efforts and make sure people don’t get health insurance,” said Katie Keith, steering committee member of Out2Enroll, a national group that launched in 2013 to help LGBTQ people enroll in ObamaCare. Read more at

Lapse In Federal Funding Imperils Children’s Health Coverage.

CHIP covers 9 million children nationwide. But until Congress renews the program, states are cut off from additional federal funding, which lapsed Sept. 30. Congress finally seems ready to take action on the Children’s Health Insurance Program after funding lapsed Sept. 30. Before the deadline, lawmakers were busy grappling with the failed repeal of the Affordable Care Act. CHIP covers 9 million children nationwide. But until Congress renews CHIP, states are cut off from additional federal funding that helps lower- and middle-income families. CHIP, which has enjoyed broad bipartisan support, helps lower- and middle-income families that otherwise earn too much to be eligible for Medicaid. Besides children, it covers 370,000 pregnant women a year. Like Medicaid, CHIP is traditionally paid for by state and federal funding, but the federal government covers most of the cost. Read more at