• Press Release
  • October 13, 2016

Children’s Hospital Association Joins Other Advocates in Modern Medicaid Alliance

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New Initiative Highlights Benefits, Stories, and Innovations of Program

Washington, D.C. – Despite the enormous societal and economic benefits offered by Medicaid, a lack of dialogue about the true value of the program drives misperceptions relating to it and puts policymaker support for it increasingly at risk. Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) joins more than two dozen national advocacy organizations to launch the Modern Medicaid Alliance with the aim of creating a truthful conversation about the Medicaid program and its importance to the more than 70 million Americans covered by it.

CHA CEO Mark Wietecha on the reason to join MMA

From lowering health care costs to delivering better health outcomes for beneficiaries, Medicaid enables more citizens to have access to affordable, quality health care so they can care for their families and be productive in the workplace. The largest health care program in the country has also become a proven laboratory for innovation as states have sought solutions for challenging population health issues. Despite its positive impact on millions of people and America as a whole, the need for greater awareness among policymakers and the public about the value of investment in it remains high.

“Over 30 million children rely on Medicaid to cover vital health services from preventive to highly specialized care,” says Mark Wietecha, CHA president and CEO. “We know that investing in the health of young children produces returns in their future adult lives, productivity and contributions back to society. CHA has joined the alliance to ensure policymakers understand the value of Medicaid to children’s lives.”

CHA CEO Mark Wietecha on the value of Medicaid to children

About the Modern Medicaid Alliance:  The Modern Medicaid Alliance works as a collective group of organizations to educate policymakers and the public about the benefits of Medicaid to the American people and to highlight how Medicaid’s innovative solutions are positively impacting those it serves with the goal of ensuring the benefits and best practices of today’s Medicaid program can impact as many of the program’s 70 million beneficiaries as possible. View a list of the members of the Modern Medicaid Alliance.

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.