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Photo: John Maniaci, American Family Children’s Hospital, Madison, Wisconsin

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.


Analysis or Summary
Administrative Actions Chart
June 19, 2018

An overview of federal regulations and other administrative guidance of interest to children's hospitals.

Talking Points
Prioritize Kids' Health: Safeguard Medicaid
June 15, 2018

Congress must safeguard Medicaid for the children who depend on it to lead healthy, productive lives.

Analysis or Summary
Medicaid Access Regulation – 2018
May 23, 2018

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule to modify requirements to ensure Medicaid payment rates.

Analysis or Summary
Administration Releases Drug Price Blueprint and Request for Information
May 18, 2018

CHA prepared a high-level summary of the Blueprint to lower drug prices and reduce out-of-pocket costs. Member hospitals are encouraged to review it ...

Analysis or Summary
Medicare Inpatient Payment Proposed Rule Summary
May 11, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its FY 2019 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long-Term ...

Analysis or Summary
Key Section 1115 Medicaid Waivers
May 3, 2018

State-by-state summaries of waivers for statuatory Medicaid requirements as allowed by Section 1115 of the Social Security Act and approval of the ...

Analysis or Summary
MACPAC Reports to Congress
April 9, 2018

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) releases reports to Congress in March and June each year on different aspects of ...

Government Relations Toolkit
March 12, 2018

CHA members can view and print the latest materials for outreach to federal and state lawmakers.

Analysis or Summary
White House FY 2019 Budget Request Highlights
February 15, 2018

CHA has summarized important sections of the president's FY 2019 budget for children's hospitals, including proposals for Medicaid and CHGME.

Press Release
Bipartisan Funding Bill Supports Children's Health
February 9, 2018

Children's hospitals encourage Congress to continue recognizing our national priority to invest in children’s health.

Policy Position
Section 1115 Medicaid Waiver Principles
February 9, 2018

CHA believes waivers should maintain appropriate, affordable coverage for children while fostering innovation and improving quality.

Analysis or Summary
2017 State Child Health Policy Trends
January 19, 2018

CHA's Policy Analysis team reached out to government relations professionals to inform our understanding of the state policy issues impacting ...

Analysis or Summary
Calendar Year 2018 Updates to MACRA Quality Payment Program Rule
December 21, 2017

CMS released a Medicare proposed rule that updates the Quality Payment Program (previously referred to as MACRA) for Year 2.

Analysis or Summary
2018 Medicare OPPS and PFS Rules
December 1, 2017

The proposed Medicare rules would impact the outpatient prospective payment system and the physician fee schedule for the program in 2018.

Analysis or Summary
Medicaid DSH Third Party Payment Policy
November 27, 2017

CHA developed a summary of the final rule.

The Word on the Hill: The Health Care Debate and its Effect on Kids
November 15, 2017

Public policy decisions made in Washington, D.C. can affect the everyday operations of children's hospitals. Here's what went on so far in 2017 in ...

Press Release
Children's Hospitals Congratulate Trump Nominee Alex Azar
November 13, 2017

Alex Azar has a long-standing government career as a leader on health issues, first as HHS General Counsel, and then as HHS Deputy Secretary.

Data Examines Medicaid Underpayment in Children's Hospitals
October 27, 2017

A pediatric-focused report reveals the disparity in reimbursements.

Analysis or Summary
Medicare IPPS Rule Summary and Comment Letter
October 23, 2017

New proposed rule in the Federal Register updates payment and policies related to the Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and Long ...

Press Release
The New Importance of Children in America: A Wake-up Call for Policymakers
October 12, 2017

A new study finds massive demographic changes that will create challenges and elevate the economic role of next generations.

The New Importance of Children in America
October 12, 2017

Massive demographic changes are converging to make investing in children more important than ever. It is a strong wake-up call for policymakers.

Press Release
Children's Hospitals Eager to Work with Congress to Improve Kids' Health
September 26, 2017

The U.S. Senate did not advance the Graham-Cassidy bill, which would have made drastic cuts to Medicaid for kids.

Analysis or Summary
CHA Summary of Revised Graham-Cassidy Repeal and Replace Bill
September 26, 2017

A high level summary of Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson bill and key provisions impacting children.

Press Release
Graham-Cassidy Bill Hearing Held: Children's Hospitals Still Strongly Opposed
September 25, 2017

The legislation still fundamentally alters and cuts funding for 30 million children on Medicaid.

Health Care Reform Bill and CHIP: What You Need to Know
September 20, 2017

Here's the latest action in Congress on two issues that affect children's health care and what you can do to get involved.



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Government Relations Toolkit
CHA members can view and print the latest materials for outreach to federal and state lawmakers.

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.