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Children's Health Insurance Program

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) addresses a critical gap in health coverage for children and pregnant women who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but not enough to be able to afford private insurance. CHIP provides affordable, comprehensive health coverage to over 8 million children and 370,000 pregnant women. Congress passed a two year CHIP extension bill on April 14, 2015, and the President signed it into law two days later!

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Research and Data

For more than 75 years, the March of Dimes has been committed to bringing science into service for people by not only advocating for research, but also conducting it. Each year, the March of Dimes funds studies examining key maternal and child health policy issues and generating the evidence necessary for policymakers to pursue informed decisions. Learn more.


Newborn Screening

Nearly all of the more than 4 million infants born in the U.S. each year undergo newborn screening. The Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act extends federal programs that provide assistance to states to improve and expand their newborn screening programs, support parent and provider education, and ensure laboratory quality for newborn screening programs. On December 18, 2014, the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act became law!

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State Advocacy

The March of Dimes advocates through legislation and regulations on state health policies impacting maternal and child in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Learn more.

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Federal Advocacy

The March of Dimes lobbies Congress and the Administration on a host of issues important to pregnant women, infants, children and families. Learn more.

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