The voice of children’s hospitals was strengthened at the federal level in 2016, as leaders converged frequently in Washington, D.C. and in home districts to advocate for:
- Children having access to the benefits and care they need through Medicaid
- Solutions in Medicaid to improve children’s health, health outcomes and the cost of care
- Awareness of the important role the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) plays in the health of our nation’s children
- Continued and improved funding for the training of pediatricians and pediatric specialists
Notable progress and achievement for children’s hospitals and child health include:
- Medicaid: While maintaining funding for the program despite a changing political climate, children's hospitals advanced solutions for longer-term changes to Medicaid through the Advancing Care for Exceptional Kids Act (ACE Kids). While this bill, which would improve care for children with complex medical conditions, was not passed, it was the focus of a successful committee hearing, attracted strong bipartisan support (43 senators and 228 representatives), and received a favorable independent analysis. That success led to a reintroduction of the bill in 2017.
- CHIP: Children’s hospitals joined other children’s health groups to support an extension of CHIP ahead of its expiration at the end of September 2017.
Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education (CHGME): Annualized rate of $295 million through April 28, 2017, preserving the increases secured in 2015.
Raising public awareness
Public awareness was raised in many ways, amplifying the voice for the nation’s children’s hospitals and our collective advocacy efforts: