Washington Update

This weekly publication provides member hospitals with important news on federal legislative affairs and regulatory actions.

Recent Issues

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Washington Update - February 15, 2019
February 15, 2019

Yesterday, the U.S. House introduced the ACE Kids Act of 2019 (H.R. 1226). This bill follows the Senate version (S. 317) introduced last week.

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Washington Update - February 2, 2019
February 8, 2019

The U.S. Senate introduced the ACE Kids Act of 2019. The bill — S. 317 — was introduced by lead co-sponsors Sens. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Michael Bennet, D-Colo.

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Washington Update - February 1, 2019
February 1, 2019

Congressional staff have informed us that reintroduction of the ACE Kids Act may occur as soon as early next week; we will provide additional updates on timing as they become available.

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Washington Update - January 25, 2019
January 25, 2019

Government relations (GRs) professionals now have a way to share information and ask questions among themselves related to state health policy challenges, opportunities and strategies in our new web-based State Health Policy Discussion Group.

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Washington Update - January 18, 2019
January 18, 2019

Over the coming weeks, we look to work with the champions of the ACE Kids Act — Sens. Grassley and Bennet, and Rep. Castor — along with committee staff to identify next steps on the legislation in the new Congress.

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Washington Update - January 11, 2019
January 11, 2019

Over the coming weeks, we will look to work with the champions of the ACE Kids Act — Sens. Grassley and Bennet, and Rep. Castor — along with committee staff to identify next steps on the legislation in the new Congress.

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Washington Update - January 4, 2019
January 4, 2019

115th Congress concludes without Senate passing ACE Kids Act.

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Washington Update - December 21, 2018
December 21, 2018

As of midday Friday, the Senate had not passed H.R. 7217, the IMPROVE Act, which includes the ACE Kids Act..

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Washington Update - December 14, 2018
December 14, 2018

On Tuesday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 7217, the IMPROVE Act, which incorporates the ACE Kids Act and several other health care bills, by a bipartisan vote of 400-11.

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Washington Update - December 7, 2018
December 7, 2018

The ACE Kids Act will be on the floor next week as part of a package of bipartisan health bills! Please reach out to your House members now and ask them to vote for H.R. 7217, which includes the ACE Kids Act.

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Washington Update - November 30, 2018
November 30, 2018

Please continue to ask both House and Senate members to tell leadership in their respective chambers to enact the ACE Kids Act this year.

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Washington Update - November 16, 2018
November 16, 2018

The Tricare for Kids Coalition — which includes CHA — publicly released a report titled “America’s Military Readiness and the Essential Role of Medicaid,” highlighting Medicaid’s coverage of 3.6 million children in military families, including 3.4 million children of veterans and 200,000 children of those on active duty.

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Washington Update - November 9, 2018
November 9, 2018

This week’s midterm elections have resulted in a divided Congress for 2019-2020, with Republicans retaining the majority in the Senate and Democrats capturing the House.

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Washington Update - November 2, 2018
November 2, 2018

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) released a proposed rule that would change the effective date of the 340B Drug Pricing Program Ceiling Price and Manufacturer Civil Monetary Penalties Regulation.

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Washington Update - October 26, 2018
October 26, 2018

On Oct. 23, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Center announced the Maternal Opioid Misuse (MOM) model, which focuses on the alignment and coordination of care for pregnant and postpartum women with an opioid use disorder (OUD) covered by Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

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Washington Update - October 19, 2018
October 19, 2018

The ACE Kids Act currently has 130 co-sponsors in the House and 39 in the Senate.

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Washington Update - October 12, 2018
October 12, 2018

Please continue to urge representatives and senators to co-sponsor the ACE Kids Act (H.R. 3325/S. 428). The ACE Kids Act currently has 128 co-sponsors in the House and 39 in the Senate.

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Washington Update - October 5, 2018
October 5, 2018

Continue to urge legislators to cosponsor the ACE Kids Act while they are home on recess.

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Washington Update - September 28, 2018
September 28, 2018

The ACE Kids Act (H.R. 3325) was not among the bills considered by the House of Representatives this week. With the House now in recess, the earliest we could see floor action is after members return to D.C. post-election.

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Washington Update - September 21, 2018
September 21, 2018

On Tuesday, President Trump signed H.R. 5385 into law, reauthorizing the Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) program for five years. This passage reflects a huge victory for children’s health.

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Washington Update - September 14, 2018
September 14, 2018

President Trump is expected to sign the Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) reauthorization bill, H.R. 5385, early next week — possibly as soon as Monday.

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Washington Update - September 7, 2018
September 7, 2018

Friday, the House Energy and Commerce (E&C) Subcommittee on Health advanced H.R. 3325 (the ACE Kids Act). During the markup session, Rep. Barton offered an amendment in the nature of a substitute to the bill language which was approved by the subcommittee.

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Washington Update - August 31, 2018
August 31, 2018

House Energy and Commerce Committee announces Sept. 5 hearing for H.R. 3325, the ACE Kids Act.

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Washington Update - August 24, 2018
August 24, 2018

In the House, co-sponsors of H.R. 3325 continue to push for an early September hearing and markup of the bill in the Energy and Commerce (E&C) Committee for the ACE Kids Act.

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Washington Update - August 17, 2018
August 17, 2018

The Senate and House champions are hopeful for committee action on the ACE Kids Act this fall and have stressed the importance of a strong show of support for the bills.

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