• Press Release
  • December 20, 2019

Enacted Spending Deal Recognizes Children’s Health

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — In supporting children’s health, the FY 2020 spending package passed by Congress and signed into law this week recognizes two important programs.

Children’s hospitals thank Congress for deferring implementation of scheduled cuts to Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) payments through May 22, 2020. With 50% of the nation’s children receiving their health care through Medicaid, any cuts to critical Medicaid DSH payment support must be carefully considered to ensure children’s health isn’t inadvertently damaged through these potential reductions. 

The budget also includes $340 million in annual funding for Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME). The CHGME hospitals train approximately 50% of the nation’s pediatricians and most of the pediatric specialists who care for children living in all 50 states. Children’s hospitals look forward to working with Congress to continue modernizing the program so it effectively serves the changing needs of children nationwide.

On behalf of patient families across the country, children’s hospitals thank Congress and the administration for their support of children’s health—the future of our nation. 


About the Children's Hospital Association

The Children’s Hospital Association is the national voice of more than 220 children’s hospitals, advancing child health through innovation in the quality, cost and delivery of care.