The Accelerating Kids' Access to Care Act will speed children's access to care and reduce administrative burdens
WASHINGTON, DC — Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, Josh Hawley, R-Mo., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., introduced the Accelerating Kids' Access to Care Act (S. 4717) in the U.S. Senate. This important step follows the introduction of similar legislation in the House (H.R. 5900) earlier this year by Reps. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., and Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M. Children's hospitals, on behalf of the children and families they serve, thank these lawmakers for championing this bipartisan legislation and prioritizing children's health.
More than 36 million children rely on Medicaid for the care they need, but sometimes that care isn't available in their home state. Children who require highly specialized pediatric providers must often cross state lines. Unfortunately, this critically important care is often delayed in order for the out-of-state providers to complete duplicative paperwork necessary to enroll in that child's state Medicaid program—even though they are already enrolled Medicaid providers. The Accelerating Kids' Access to Care Act would simplify the Medicaid out-of-state provider enrollment process and remove unnecessary administrative barriers to care.
"We are incredibly grateful to this group of bipartisan lawmakers for leading the charge to remove the barriers to health care for our nation's kids," said Sandra L. Fenwick, CEO of Boston Children's Hospital and Chair of the Children's Hospital Association Public Policy Committee. "Only when our nation's policies, practices and funding reflect an unshakable commitment to the health and well-being of children and families will our future begin to feel secure."
"Congress took a huge leap forward for children last year when it passed the Advancing Care for Exceptional (ACE) Kids Act—but there is more work ahead," noted Kurt Newman, M.D., president and CEO of Children's National Hospital and Children's Hospital Association trustee. "I applaud Congress for working in a bipartisan manner on the Accelerating Kids' Access to Care Act, which will build on the important foundation laid by ACE Kids. Working together—government officials and health care providers—we can and will take better care of our children."
Children's hospitals call on Congress to prioritize children's health by swiftly passing this bipartisan legislation.