On July 7, the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Health will conduct a hearing on the bipartisan Advancing Care for Exceptional Kids Act (ACE Kids Act) of 2015. Designed to improve care for 2 million children in Medicaid who have complex medical conditions such as cerebral palsy, heart defects and cancer, the ACE Kids Act would give states the option to establish coordinated systems of care that provide a full array of services these children need. It would also create a framework for data-driven care improvements on a national level.
“Children’s hospitals thank ACE Kids Act original cosponsors and champions Reps. Joe Barton and Kathy Castor in working with Committee Chairman Fred Upton, Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts and Ranking Member Gene Green in the House,” says Mark Wietecha, president and CEO of Children’s Hospital Association. “Advancing legislation in an election year is a challenge, but thanks to a bipartisan group of more than 200 cosponsors in the House, the ACE Kids Act has reached a critical milestone on its path toward passage and enactment.”