WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the U.S. House took an important step for children by passing the bipartisan Advancing Care for Exceptional Kids Act (ACE Kids Act) as part of a larger package of Medicaid-related bills (H.R. 1839). In supporting it, lawmakers in the House expressed their support for our nation's sickest children. Children's hospitals and the patients and families we serve thank ACE Kids Act lead co-sponsors, Reps. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., and Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., for their inspiring advocacy on behalf of children.
The ACE Kids Act supports better coordination of care for children with complex medical conditions in Medicaid, reducing the burden on families. It enables care closest to the families' homes and communities, reduces unnecessary hospitalizations, and provides more coordinated access to specialized services the child may need across state lines. More than 30 national health organizations support making the ACE Kids Act law.
H.R. 1839 now moves to the Senate for consideration, where ACE Kids Act co-sponsors Sens. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Michael Bennet, D-Colo., continue to champion this crucial legislation for kids. On behalf of our nation's children's hospitals, we look forward to working with Congress to pass the ACE Kids Act—children across the country are counting on it.
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