image alt text
Photo: Christy Steadman, Niswonger Children’s Hospital; Johnson City, Tennessee

Medicaid covers millions of children across the U.S., providing them with the coverage and services they need to become healthy and productive adults. A strong Medicaid program is an important investment for children and the country.

COVID-19 Update: our resource hub for children’s hospitals tracks policy-related resources helpful to your work during the COVID-19 crisis.



COVID-19: Policy Resources for Children's Hospitals
November 20, 2020

This resource hub is designed to help you track policy-related resources helpful to your work during the COVID-19 crisis.

Analysis or Summary
Securing Updated and Necessary Statutory Evaluations Timely (SUNSET) Proposed Rule Summary
November 13, 2020

The SUNSET proposed rule would set expiration dates for certain HHS regulations.

Letter or Testimony
ACE Kids Act Federal Policy Recommendations
November 11, 2020

We have been working to inform CMS guidance on implementation of the ACE Kids Act.

Analysis or Summary
Chart of Section 1135 Waivers for State Medicaid/CHIP COVID-19 Response
November 6, 2020

This chart summarizes approved state 1135 waivers of Medicaid and CHIP requirements and will be updated as CMS approves additional states' requests.

RICH Data: Resource for Interactive Child Health (RICH) Data
November 5, 2020

Explore child health data at the state level to support your advocacy to state and federal policymakers.

Letter or Testimony
Federal Lawmakers Advocate for Children's Hospitals' COVID-19 Needs
October 30, 2020

Lawmakers sent letters to congressional leadership and HHS asking that additional funding and resources be allotted to children's hospitals during COVID-19.

Talking Points
Urge Congress to Pass Relief from Pending DSH Cuts and Address Third Party Payment Issue
October 28, 2020

Children's hospitals urge Congress to prevent Medicaid DSH cuts from going into effect and enact the MACPAC recommendation on third-party payment.

Analysis or Summary
Congressional Relief Legislation and Children's Hospitals Requests in Response to COVID-19
October 23, 2020

Three congressional packages and one supplemental for COVID-19 relief have passed to date. Read more about them here.

Analysis or Summary
Implications for Children of ACA Constitutionality Case
October 22, 2020

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the ACA's individual mandate and the entire law is unconstitutional.

Analysis or Summary
COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Timeline
October 9, 2020

President Trump issued a national emergency declaration that allows HHS to declare a public health emergency.

Summary of State Medicaid Director Letter on Value-Based Care Opportunities in Medicaid
October 8, 2020

CMS released a State Medicaid Director letter on advancing value-based care with an emphasis on Medicaid populations.

Analysis or Summary
CHA Submits Comments to CMS on CY 2021 PFS Proposed Rule
October 6, 2020

We submitted comments to CMS on the CY 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule proposed rule.

Talking Points
Co-sponsor the Accelerating Kids' Access to Care Act
October 2, 2020

Senators and members of Congress are encouraged to co-sponsor S. 4717/H.R. 5900, the Accelerating Kids' Access to Care Act..

Press Release
Children's Hospitals Applaud Legislation to Improve Children's Health Care
September 25, 2020

Children's hospitals applaud the introduction of the Accelerating Kids' Access to Care Act in the Senate.

Analysis or Summary
FY 2021 Medicare IPPS Final Rule Summary
September 17, 2020

CMS' released the FY 2021 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) final rule.

Analysis or Summary
State Actions to Allow Patient Care Reengagement During the COVID-19 Crisis
August 28, 2020

This chart provides a general snapshot of state officials’ authorizations to permit health care providers to return to full patient care operations.

Analysis or Summary
Section 1557 Final Rule Summary Highlights Roll Back of Nondiscrimination Protections; Impact of Recent Court Actions
August 28, 2020

HHS released a final rule to roll back key aspects of a former rule that implemented the ACA's non-discrimination provisions, known as Section 1557.

Talking Points
Advocacy Efforts for Children's Hospitals' COVID-19 Relief Funding
August 25, 2020

Mitigating the financial impact of COVID-19 on children's hospitals and the pediatric health care system for our nation's children is critical.

Analysis or Summary
CY 2021 Medicare OPPS Proposed Rule Summary
August 21, 2020

CMS released the CY 2021 Medicare OPPS proposed rule.

Press Release
Children’s Hospitals’ Statement on Essential COVID-19 Relief
August 20, 2020

Children’s hospitals thank the administration and Congress for broadening their recognition of the pandemic’s impact on children and its financial impact on children’s hospitals.

Talking Points
Support Children's Health and Children's Hospitals in COVID-19 Emergency Relief
August 10, 2020

Children's hospitals ask Congress to provide COVID-19 relief funding to children's hospitals and block cuts and changes to Medicaid that could harm children's health care.

Analysis or Summary
CHA Summary of Interoperability, Pediatric HIT, Information Blocking and Price Transparency Final Rules
June 19, 2020

CHA developed a summary of proposed rules to implement provisions in the 21st Century Cures Act related to interoperability, electronic health records (EHR) certification, and information blocking.

Press Release
HHS Distribution of CARES Act to Date Has Overlooked Our Nation's Children's Hospitals
June 10, 2020

Children's hospitals ask the Administration and HHS to provide immediate COVID-19 financial relief.

Press Release
Children's Hospitals Address National Surge Capacity
April 3, 2020

CHA releases pediatric guidance informing local coordinator of hospital beds, staff and supplies for COVID-19 patients.

Letter or Testimony
CHA Sends Letter to Senate Finance Committee on Solutions to Improve Maternal Health
April 3, 2020

We submitted a letter in response to the Senate Finance Committee's RFI on maternal mortality and morbidity.


More on COVID-19

Beyond public policy, COVID-19 is affecting every area of children’s hospitals’ work. Learn more about other important resources.

Advocacy Alert

Federal action is needed to support children’s hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Urge your lawmakers to take action now.

Policy Update Calls

Members receive the latest updates and suggest ways to best influence policy issues that impact children's health and children's hospitals in a weekly conference call.