The majority of the chamber now supports the bill to improve care for the sickest children in Medicaid.
The Advancing Care for Exceptional Kids Act of 2015 (ACE Kids Act, H.R. 546/S.298) reached a new milestone on its journey to passage and enactment. A majority of the U.S. House of Representatives—218—has cosponsored the legislation, signaling the depth and breadth of bipartisan support for improving care for children with complex medical conditions. The milestone comes on the heels of a hearing before the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health that occurred in July.
In late September, children’s hospital CEOs from across the country will meet with members of Congress prior to the congressional fall recess in an effort to advance the bill. Two working drafts of the bill, one in the House and one in the Senate, have emerged based on feedback members of the House and Senate received from children’s hospitals, families, state Medicaid directors and others. While the chambers continue to work to produce comparable bills, children’s hospitals and their patient families continue to encourage Congress to act this year.
“Providing for the future of our children—the future of our nation—is a core American value,” says Mark Wietecha, president and CEO of Children’s Hospital Association. “The ACE Kids Act unites and improves care, not only to reduce costs, but most importantly to better serve our nation’s most vulnerable children and provide them with the brightest possible future. Working together, Congress can ensure the ACE Kids Act becomes law in 2016.”
The ACE Kids Act is a proposal to improve how care is delivered to America’s children with complex medical conditions in Medicaid.