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

Medicaid covers over 30 million children, 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
2017 State Child Health Policy Trends. CHA Analysis.
January 19, 2018

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

Talking Points
Medicaid is Vital to Children's Health
January 5, 2018

It is imperative Medicaid proposal reforms maintain a sustainable, viable Medicaid program for children.

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
Key Section 1115 Medicaid Waivers
December 15, 2017

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
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
Administrative Actions Chart
October 26, 2017

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

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.

Press Release
CHA Statement on Graham-Cassidy Repeal Bill
September 18, 2017

Children's hospitals oppose legislation that would slash Medicaid funding.

Letter or Testimony
House Dear Colleague Letter on DSH Cuts
September 15, 2017

Reps. John Culberson, R-Texas, Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., and Stephen Palazzo, R-Miss., are currently circulating a “Dear Colleague” letter asking other ...

Talking Points
Medicaid and CHIP: Essential Investments in Children
August 31, 2017

As Congress considers Medicaid and CHIP proposals, it is imperative that coverage and access for children are not jeopardized.

Issue Brief
Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital Cuts Methodology
August 30, 2017

CMS released its final rule implementing the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) cuts to the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payment program. ...

Press Release
Children's Hospitals Eager to Work with Congress to Advance Care for Kids
July 28, 2017

The U.S. Senate did not pass the Health Care Freedom Act, referred to as the ‘skinny repeal' legislation

Press Release
Children's Hospitals to Senate: Vote No on Medicaid Cuts for Kids
July 25, 2017

The U.S. Senate approved a motion to proceed to the House repeal and replace bill that allows senators to vote on various health care amendments.

Press Release
House Bipartisan ACE Kids Act of 2017 Introduced to Improve Care for Children in Medicaid
July 20, 2017

Children’s hospitals applaud House initiative that could improve Medicaid for 2 million kids.

Children's Hospital Patients Talk Health Care with Members of Congress
July 19, 2017

Patients and families from the nation's children's hospitals met with their representatives in Washington, D.C., to urge them to protect Medicaid.



The Capitol building.

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

Action Alert

Millions of kids are at risk of losing their Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage this winter. Urge Congress to extend CHIP long term!

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.