The Children's Hospital Association plays an active role on Capitol Hill by organizing educational briefings for congressional staff. Topics range from workforce issues to clinical care best practices to innovations in payment models, and are always focused on the impact on children’s health care.  

Key partners include the American Academy of Pediatrics, March of Dimes, First Focus, the bipartisan congressional Children's Health Care Caucus and many more.

Check this page to learn about upcoming briefings or to access materials and presentations from past briefings.

Upcoming briefings

Enhancing Disaster Preparedness for Children: ASPR Pediatric Disaster Care Centers of Excellence
Feb. 25, 2020

CHA will co-host an educational briefing with the American Academy of Pediatrics on disaster preparedness for children. In June 2019, the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) announced two Pediatric Disaster Care Centers of Excellence that aim to ensure that a national system is available to care for children in the wake of a disaster. Join us to learn more about these two Pediatric Centers of Excellence and what you can do to support pediatric disaster preparedness.  

Past briefings

Healthy Coverage, Healthy Kids
Nov. 18, 2019

In partnership with the Children's Health Care Caucus and allied children's groups, CHA hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill to discuss the recent coverage losses for kids and the critical importance of Medicaid and CHIP. The panel included speakers from Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, Children's National Hospital, Children's Choice Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, and CHA.

TRICARE for Kids: Basic Training
April 2, 2019

This event provided an educational briefing on the TRICARE program and how children rely on the program. Attendees learned about how TRICARE works, why children have unique health needs as compared to adults, the ways families access and utilize the system for their children with special health care needs, and the interaction between military connected families and Medicaid/CHIP.

Protecting America's Moms and Their New Babies
May 24, 2018

Attendees at this educational briefing gained insight into the issue of maternal and infant mortality in the United States. Experts provided an overview of where we are as a nation, and shared what health care providers and community organizations are doing to make sure moms are supported during their pregnancies and babies are born healthy. Panelists identified the policy levers working to keep moms and babies safe, as well as efforts within communities to improve care and support families.

CHIP 101: Why the Children's Health Insurance Program Matters for Kids
May 16, 2017

This briefing equipped attendees with a core understanding of CHIP’s basic structure, including who the program serves, what types of services it provides and how it is financed.

Kids' Coverage: Why Medicaid Matters to Kids 
Feb. 2, 2017

This briefing equipped attendees with a core understanding of Medicaid’s basic structure including who the program serves, what types of services it provides and how it is financed. During the event, speakers explored the importance of Medicaid for various populations of children, including children with special health care needs.

The ABCs of Kids' Coverage Briefing Series - Part 2

The ABCs of Kids' Coverage was a two-part discussion of some of today's most pressing children's health issues and explored how children receive health care coverage. Presenters discussed key policy issues in children's health that every policymaker should know, such as what type of benefits kids need, how federal policy can impact children's access to care, and how kids' health needs differ from that of adults.

Where We Live: The Connection Between Environmental Stressors and Kids' Health
June 10, 2016

Too often, children cannot access the health care and critical services they need due to social and environmental factors that impact where they live, learn, and play. These factors are important to recognize as they often lead to fragmented and crisis-oriented care, and affect a child's quality of life.

As research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation suggests, a person's zip code is often one of the strongest predictors of health. In response to this research, and in recognition of the range of determinants of health, child health organizations are working toward creating healthier environments for children and their families. Where We Live highlights the work of some of these health care organizations and provide insight into national and community efforts aimed at improving child health and creating healthy environments. 

The ABCs of Kids' Coverage Briefing Series - Part 1

Healthy Coverage, Healthy Kids: Exploring How Children Fit Into the Changing Health Coverage Landscape
March 18, 2016
The briefing provided insight into the dynamic world of kids' health. Child health experts shared how coverage for children works, including covered pediatric benefits, out-of-pocket costs for families and key acronyms that are used within the field. According to new research, children have health insurance coverage in higher numbers than ever before. Panelists identified the policy levers working to keep kids insured, discussed ways to maintain and improve children's coverage, and helped attendees understand the array of coverage options for kids along with the populations they serve, with an eye toward the future. 

Training Tomorrow's Pediatricians: CHGME
February 25, 2016

This educational briefing highlighted the importance of the Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) program. CHGME supports the training of pediatric residents in independent children's hospitals and helps ensure that general pediatricians and pediatric specialists are trained to care for children in communities across the country, covering everything from well-child visits to the most complex cardiac surgeries. This briefing was sponsored by the Children's Hospital Association with honorary co-hosts Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif., Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.

Building Healthy Futures: The Importance of Medicaid for Children's Long-term Health and Success
August 21, 2015

This briefing featured child health experts who provided an introduction to Medicaid and an overview of the long-term impact the program has on kids. Additionally, a summary of new longitudinal research compiled by Georgetown Center for Children and Families highlighted how Medicaid impacts more than 30 million child enrollees in ways that go beyond positive health outcomes, from improving education achievements as children to increasing income as adults.

Rep. Charlie Dent (PA) gives remarks at a 2016 briefing

Children’s Hospitals: Looking Beyond the Walls of the Clinic to Keep Children Healthy
June 9, 2015

At this event, speakers discussed how their respective children’s health systems have developed innovative approaches that go beyond the clinical setting to promote health in the places where children live, learn and play. A common thread in these initiatives is the role that public-private partnerships have played in catalyzing important work to improve child health and well-being.

Kids’ Coverage: A Pediatric Perspective on Commercial Insurance
April 17, 2015

During this briefing, child health experts provided a basic introduction to how private coverage for children works, including covered pediatric benefits, out-of-pocket costs for enrolled families, and other key design issues.

Rep. Lucille Roybal Allard (CA) gives remarks at a 2016 briefing

Medicaid & CHIP 101
February 20, 2015

Medicaid, along with CHIP, is the foundation of America’s commitment to providing coverage and access to care for children. Combined, the two programs provided coverage to approximately 35 million children at the time of this briefing—though the number is greater today. During the event, pediatric policy experts gave congressional staff a 101 understanding of Medicaid’s basic structure including who the program serves, what types of services it provides and how it is financed.

Amy Mansue represents Children's Specialized Hospital

The Future of Autism: Breakthroughs in Research, Diagnostics and Interventions
September 16, 2014 

At the time of this briefing, the CDC estimated that 1 in 68 children in the U.S. have been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). While federal and state policies have improved in recent years, much remains to be done to eliminate coverage gaps, improve the workforce and advance research. This briefing gave congressional staff an understanding of the basics of coverage and access issues related to ASD that remain despite recent legislation, as well as present a discussion of future challenges and opportunities in the field of ASD diagnosis, intervention and research.

Children's Mental Health: The Importance of Early Identification and Intervention
August 15, 2014

This briefing gave congressional staff an understanding of the basics of pediatric mental health, including early identification and intervention of mental health conditions, integration of primary care and mental health and challenges of the current mental health system.

Keeping Kids Healthy: The Role of Medicaid and CHIP
June 13, 2014

This briefing was intended to give congressional staff an understanding of the basics of Medicaid and CHIP, including the populations the programs serve, benefits and services offered, and the future of children's health care coverage.

Briefing on "Medically Complex" Kids for Members and Their Staff
March 13, 2014

Reps. Joe Barton, R-Texas, and Kathy Castor, D-Fla., of the House Energy and Commerce Committee hosted a briefing on CHA's Medicaid proposal for children with medical complexity. All members of Congress and staff were invited to the briefing.

CHIP = Healthy Kids: Building on State Successes to Address the Health Care Needs of Children
February 20, 2014

The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is a successful federal-state partnership in which the federal government provides states resources to expand health care coverage to low-income children, improving health outcomes and access to needed care for more than 8 million children. The children's advocacy community held an educational staff briefing to explain how CHIP works—including its history and structure—and highlight state experiences in providing health coverage for millions of children. Panelists explored how CHIP continues to play a vital coverage role under health reform as an essential source of coverage for children.

Contact: Amanda Major, (202) 753-5328