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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.



Press Release
Children's Hospitals Congratulate President Biden, Vice President Harris
January 20, 2021

Children's hospitals extend best wishes to President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and their team.

COVID-19: Policy Resources for Children's Hospitals
January 19, 2021

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) Final Rule Summary
January 15, 2021

HHS released the SUNSET final rule.

Analysis or Summary
COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Timeline
January 8, 2021

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

Letter or Testimony
Children's Groups' Joint Comments on Annual Private Insurance Rule
January 6, 2021

Five national children's organizations joined with us in comments to CMS on the 2022 proposed Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters (NBPP).

Letter or Testimony
Children's Hospitals' Letter to Biden Transition Team
January 5, 2021

We responded to President-elect Biden's HHS transition team inquiry into immediate actions they could frame up for children.

Analysis or Summary
Congressional Relief Legislation and Children's Hospitals Requests in Response to COVID-19
December 28, 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 Support Health-related Provisions in Omnibus
December 23, 2020

Children's hospitals support the health-related provisions in the COVID-19 relief package and call for a focus on children's mental health in the next Congress.

Analysis or Summary
Chart of Section 1135 Waivers for State Medicaid/CHIP COVID-19 Response
December 21, 2020

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

2020 State Child Health Policy Trends
December 18, 2020

Our 2020 State Child Health Policy Trends Overview was informed by responses from children’s hospital GRs in 35 states.

Analysis or Summary
CMS Releases CY 2021 PFS Final Rule
December 18, 2020

CMS released the CY 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule final rule.

Analysis or Summary
CY 2021 Medicare OPPS Final Rule Summary
December 8, 2020

CMS released the CY 2021 Medicare OPPS final rule.

Letter or Testimony
Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs - Blueprint RFI Comment Letter
November 30, 2020

We submitted comments on HRSA's Blueprint RFI for children and youth with special health care needs.

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.

Letter or Testimony
Children's Hospitals Ask Congress to Prioritize Children's Health in Lame-duck
November 9, 2020

Pediatric providers call on Congress to provide relief funding and avoid policy changes that undermine the pediatric health care system.

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
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.

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.

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.


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More on COVID-19

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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.