A few weeks back, more than 60 pediatricians gathered in Washington, D.C., for an Advocacy Day. They told Congress about the need to renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the message they got back was: This won’t be easy.

As a result of last November’s midterm elections, the Academy — and our nation’s children — lost a number of longtime allies and advocates in the House and Senate. With so many federal priorities up for consideration in 2015, there is a danger that critical children’s programs may be adversely affected and that Congress may:

In short, this new Congress is skeptical, and we’ve got our work cut out for us!

Given this new reality, the Academy needs to articulate our Agenda for Children more clearly and powerfully in a way that is easy to remember and get behind. We’re going to have to convince policymakers at the state and...

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