Key Issues

Select a key issue below to learn more about these issues, and find tools you can use to improve health policy for all children at the local, state and national levels.

CHGME/Workforce Medicaid Reform
CHIP Pediatric Research
Childhood Obesity Pharmaceutical Access
Community Benefit Reporting Private Coverage
Health Care Reform Quality





The Children's Hospital Association focuses on several key issues related to children's health and children's hospitals, including:  

  • Health Coverage - Medicaid, which pays for the health care of one-fifth of all children and more than 40 percent of patient care in children's hospitals; the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for low-income uninsured children not eligible for Medicaid; and the availability and affordability of private health insurance, including regulation of managed care to meet children's unique health care needs

  • Training - federal funding to train graduate medical students in pediatrics in children's teaching hospitals

  • Research - federal funding for biomedical and health services research, focusing on children's unique illnesses and conditions

  • Public Health - federal public health protections addressing children's unique needs, including child abuse prevention and treatment, anti-smoking initiatives, firearms safety, poison control center funding and more