WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Congress passed the bipartisan Advancing Care for Exceptional Kids Act of 2019 (ACE Kids Act). The ACE Kids Act, included in a package of Medicaid-related bills (H.R. 1839), will improve care for children with medically complex conditions who rely on Medicaid for health care coverage; its next stop is the president's desk.
"Passage of the bipartisan ACE Kids Act by the House and Senate is a hard-won victory for our nation's sickest children," said Kurt Newman, M.D., president and CEO of Children's National Health System and chair of the Board of Trustees for the Children's Hospital Association (CHA). "We thank the bill's bicameral champions, Sens. Charles Grassley and Michael Bennet and Reps. Kathy Castor, Gus Bilirakis, Anna Eshoo, and Jaime Herrera Beutler, for their leadership and unwavering commitment to children. We now urge the president to sign the bill into law."
The ACE Kids Act will enable care closest to patient families' homes and communities, reduce unnecessary hospitalizations, and provide more coordinated access to specialized services a child with medical complexity may need across state lines. More than 30 national health organizations support making the ACE Kids Act law.
President and CEO of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Patrick Magoon—a key leader advocating for the ACE Kids Act over several years—added: "To advance healthier children across the country, we must work together to support their stronger futures as adults. Congress' action places an important priority on a special population of kids. On behalf of our nation's children's hospitals, we are grateful for this bipartisan action."