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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
August 7, 2020

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

Talking Points
Advocacy Efforts for Children's Hospitals' COVID-19 Relief Funding
August 7, 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
Chart of Section 1135 Waivers for State Medicaid/CHIP COVID-19 Response
August 7, 2020

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

Analysis or Summary
Summary Highlights Roll Backs of Nondiscrimination Protections in Section 1557 Final Rule
July 31, 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.

Analysis or Summary
COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Timeline
July 24, 2020

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

Analysis or Summary
State Actions to Allow Patient Care Reengagement During the COVID-19 Crisis
July 17, 2020

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

Letter or Testimony
Recommendation on National Approach to Identifying ACE Kids Eligible Children
July 7, 2020

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

Letter or Testimony
Federal Lawmakers Advocate for Children's Hospitals' COVID-19 Needs
July 2, 2020

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

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.

Analysis or Summary
FY 2021 Medicare IPPS Proposed Rule Summary
June 5, 2020

CHA has created a high-level summary for CMS' FY 2021 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rule.

Analysis or Summary
Congressional Relief Legislation and Children's Hospitals Requests in Response to COVID-19
May 20, 2020

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

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.

Press Release
Children’s Hospitals Thank Congress for COVID-19 Prevention and Preparation Funding
March 26, 2020

Children's hospitals thank Congress for crucial funding during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Letter or Testimony
CMS RFI on Coordinating Care from Out-of-State Providers for Children with Medically Complex Conditions
March 25, 2020

We submitted a response to the RFI on coordinating care from out-of-state providers for children with medically complex conditions.

Announcement or News
Join Every Child Counts Day to Promote the 2020 Census
March 13, 2020

Efforts are ramping up to highlight the importance of counting all kids in the 2020 Census.

Talking Points
MFAR Risks Children's Access to Care
March 12, 2020

Children's hospitals, along with a broad array of Medicaid stakeholders, urge CMS to withdraw MFAR.

Letter or Testimony
CHA Endorses Kids' Access to Primary Care Act of 2020
March 11, 2020

We joined allied kids groups in endorsing the Kids' Access to Primary Care Act of 2020.

Talking Points
Urge Congress to Pass Relief from Pending DSH Cuts and Address Third Party Payment Issue
March 4, 2020

Children's hospitals urge Congress to take further action to prevent the Medicaid DSH cuts from going into effect.

Talking Points
Co-sponsor the Accelerating Kids' Access to Care Act (H.R. 5900)
February 21, 2020

Members of Congress are encouraged to co-sponsor H.R. 5900, The Accelerating Kids' Access to Care Act of 2020.

Analysis or Summary
White House FY 2021 Budget Request Highlights
February 14, 2020

CHA has summarized important sections of the president's FY 2021 budget for children's hospitals, including proposals for Medicaid and CHGME.

Press Release
President’s Budget Risks Children’s Health
February 11, 2020

Children's hospitals call on Congress to instead strengthen our investment in children’s health.

Fact Sheet
Health Care Coverage Sources for America's Children
February 7, 2020

Children receive health care coverage through an array of programs that protects our nation's kids, and investment in that system remains critical.

Fact Sheet
Kids Rely on Medicaid
February 7, 2020

Medicaid helps our kids lead better lives and was designed with kids in mind.


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.