On Sept. 18, 2018, CHA sent a letter of support for Accelerating Kids' Access to Care Act (S. 2415/H.R. 6524) to the bills' co-sponsors in the Senate, Sens. Charles Grassley and Michael Bennet, and in the House, Reps. Joseph Kennedy III, Jaime Herrera Beutler, Ben Ray Luján and David B. McKinley.
The Accelerating Kids' Access to Care Act recognizes that children may need to receive care from providers outside of their home state and simplifies the Medicaid out-of-state provider enrollment process. Currently, if a child enrolled in Medicaid needs to see a provider outside of their home state, the out-of-state provider must first be screened and enrolled in the child's home state Medicaid program, despite already being enrolled within their own state's Medicaid program. This process consumes valuable time and resources, and could delay a child's access to care — care that the child's home-state Medicaid program has already authorized having determined the child's needs could not be met by an in-state provider.
The Accelerating Kids' Access to Care Act will create a national enrollment pathway to help alleviate the administrative burden on providers and ensure that children are able to receive out-of-state care when they need it.