WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee voted to advance the bipartisan Advancing Care for Exceptional Kids Act of 2017 (ACE Kids Act, H.R. 3325), co-sponsored by Reps. Barton, R-Texas, and Castor, D-Fla., to the Energy and Commerce Committee for consideration. This legislative progress represents an important step for children, and children’s hospitals — on behalf of the patients and families we serve — thank Subcommittee Chairman Michael Burgess, R-Texas, and Ranking Member Gene Green, D-Texas, for their leadership on this critical issue.
The ACE Kids Act would support better coordination of care for children with the most medically complex conditions who rely on Medicaid as their insurance or to supplement their employer-sponsored plan. It would also reduce spending by supporting care closest to the child’s home and community, reducing unnecessary hospitalizations, and providing more seamless access to needed care across state lines. More than 20 national health organizations added their support to the Children’s Hospital Association’s advocacy for this important legislation.
On behalf of our nation's children's hospitals, we look forward to working with the Energy and Commerce Committee to move this legislation — and children’s health care in our country — forward.