Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Senate did not pass the Health Care Freedom Act, referred to as the ‘skinny repeal' legislation. The Children’s Hospital Association thanks those lawmakers who spoke up for kids in this process and ultimately helped protect the nation’s children. As this legislative chapter closes, children’s hospitals remain eager to work with Congress and the administration in a bipartisan fashion to strengthen coverage and care for children across the country, and continuing to improve Medicaid
is a crucial part of that process. Our children represent our future and advancing their health must be our top priority.
Medicaid covers more than 30 million children in the U.S. All of these kids rely on the program for fundamental preventative care such as vaccines and check-ups, as well as more complex care when a child requires surgery or complex and ongoing treatments. Children’s coverage, benefits and access to care under the Medicaid program are critical.
Standing on the shoulders of Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program
(CHIP) covers another 6 million children. States and families must be assured that CHIP will continue into the future. CHIP funding is set to expire at the end of September, and Congress should act quickly to fund this critical program.
Children’s hospitals across the country, on behalf of the millions of patients and families they serve, are ready to work with Congress to develop bipartisan solutions that advance care for children. Ensuring that this generation grows up healthy and strong is our responsibility, and the Medicaid and CHIP programs are critical parts of that mission.