Congressional Briefings

February 2015

The Children’s Hospital Association plays an active role on Capitol Hill by organizing educational briefings for congressional staff. Topics range from workforce issues to clinical care best practices to innovations in payment models and are always focused on the impact on children’s health care. Key partners include the American Academy of Pediatrics, March of Dimes, First Focus, the bi-partisian congressional Children’s Health Care Caucus and many more.

Check this page often to learn about upcoming briefings or to pick up materials and presentations from past briefings.

2015 Kids’ Coverage Briefing Series

Kids’ Coverage is a three-part series dedicated to exploring how children receive health care coverage. Regardless of whether children receive coverage through public or private sources, they need coverage that meets their unique medical and developmental needs and ensures timely access to care.

In these briefings, pediatric policy experts will address some of today’s most pressing children’s health issues: how children in the U.S. receive coverage; what that coverage looks like; and what this means for children’s access to care.

Join us for lunch at NOON on these three dates in HVC-201:

  • February 20, 2015
  • April 17, 2015
  • August 21, 2015

This briefing series is conducted in cooperation with the bipartisan Congressional Children’s Health Care Caucus.

Past Briefings

Medicaid & CHIP 101
February 20, 2015

Medicaid, along with CHIP, is the foundation of America’s commitment to providing coverage and access to care for children. Combined, the two programs provided coverage to approximately 35 million children. This briefing featured pediatric policy experts that gave congressional staff a 101 understanding of Medicaid’s basic structure including who the program serves, what types of services it provides and how it is financed. Additionally, the panelists gave a primer on the Children’s Health Insurance Program to provide staff a foundation from which to make positive policy decisions going forward.

The Future of Autism: Breakthroughs in Research, Diagnostics and Interventions
September 16, 2014

The CDC estimates that 1 in 68 children int he U.S. have been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). While federal and state policies have improved in recent years, much remains to be done to eliminate coverage gaps, improve the workforce and advance research. This briefing gave congressional staff an understanding of the basics of coverage and access issues related to ASD that remain despite recent legislation, as well as present a discussion of future challenges and opportunities in the field of ASD diagnosis, intervention and research.

Children's Mental Health: The Importance of Early Identification and Intervention
August 15, 2014

This briefing gave congressional staff an understanding of the basics of pediatric mental health, including early identification and intervention of mental health conditions, integration of primary care and mental health and challenges of the current mental health system.

Keeping Kids Healthy: The Role of Medicaid and CHIP
June 13, 2014

This briefing was intended to give congressional staff an understanding of the basics of Medicaid and CHIP, including the populations the programs serve, benefits and services offered, and the future of children's health care coverage.

Briefing on "Medically Complex" Kids for Members and Their Staff
March 13, 2014
Reps. Joe Barton (R-TX) and Kathy Castor (D-FL) of the House Energy and Commerce Committee hosted a briefing on the Association’s Medicaid proposal for children with medical complexity. All members of Congress and staff were invited to the briefing.

CHIP = Healthy Kids: Building on State Successes to Address the Health Care Needs of Children
February 20, 2014
The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is a successful federal-state partnership in which the federal government provides states resources to expand health care coverage to low-income children, improving health outcomes and access to needed care for more than 8 million children. Please join the children's advocacy community for an educational staff briefing that will explain how CHIP works, including its history and structure, and highlight state experiences in providing health coverage for millions of children. Panelists will explore how CHIP continues to play a vital coverage role under health reform as an essential source of coverage for children.

Military Kids Matter: Basic Training on TRICARE for Kids
November 19, 2013
This educational staff briefing, conducted with the Military Family Caucus, provided "basic training" on TRICARE and the children it serves. Pediatric experts discussed how TRICARE works, why children need specific services, challenges military families face accessing care especially for children with special health care needs, and a model to improve care for children with medical complexity.

Ensuring Quality in Medicaid and CHIP
September 26, 2013
The fourth part of the Medicaid Matters for Kids series highlighted recent activities to improve quality of care for children and current policy issues. Pediatric experts discussed why adult measures are inappropriate for children, the legislative history that brought about Title IV of the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, the types of initiatives being funded, and the gains and work that remain as a result of this historic funding for pediatric and perinatal quality.

Keys to Kids Care: Unlocking Ideas to Improve Care for Kids in Medicaid
July 12, 2013
The third briefing in the Medicaid Matters for Kids series focused on how Medicaid serves children with complex and chronic illnesses and highlighted innovative state efforts under way to improve health outcomes and help families better manage their children's health. Keeping kids healthy and, at the same time, reducing Medicaid costs for states is a win-win for kids, state budgets and the overall health care system. Pediatric experts discussed flexibility within the Medicaid program, such as innovation awards and demonstration projects, and innovative methods to manage care, improve quality and lower costs.

CHIP 101: Past, Present and Future
May 2, 2013
Part two of the Medicaid Matters for Kids briefing series focused on the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which was established in 1997 to provide coverage for targeted low income children in families that have income too high to qualify for Medicaid but too low to find affordable health coverage. Pediatric experts provided an introduction to the CHIP program and its successes and discussed what the future of children’s health coverage could look like without congressional action.

Childhood Obesity 101: What Works?
March 15, 2013

Childhood obesity is an epidemic in the United States.To stem this trend, physical education advocates, children’s hospitals and other stakeholders have leveraged their experience and knowledge to combat childhood obesity through prevention and intervention. At Childhood Obesity 101, congressional staff heard from experts in the field who are dedicated to reducing the number of children living with obesity and who integrate their clinical knowledge and leadership within their communities to combat this health threat to America’s youth.

Medicaid and Kids 101
February 22, 2013

Part one of the four-part Medicaid briefing series, Medicaid Matters for Kids, held in cooperation with the Children’s Health Care Caucus. This briefing was intended to give all congressional staff a 101 understanding of Medicaid’s basic structure including who the program serves, what types of services it provides, and how it is financed. Dr. Andrew Urbach, of Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, represented the Association on the panel. To view presentations and handout materials from this briefing:

Archived Briefings

View briefings held before 2013.


For more information, contact Jenny Rudisill, Assistant Director of Federal Affairs, at (202) 753-5340.  For media inquiries, contact Norida Torriente, Associate Director of Public Relations, at (202) 753-5359.