Public Policy

Public policies are critical to the ability of children’s hospitals to care for all children, through clinical care, training, research and public health advocacy. As health care policies are debated at the state and federal levels, The Children's Hospital Association and its member hospitals work with policymakers to ensure children’s unique health care needs are not overlooked and that every child has access to high quality, cost effective primary, preventive and specialty care services tailored to meet their needs. Find out more about the Children's Hospital Association.

Key Issues

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



Latest Resources
Association Public Policy Update Conference Calls- October 20, 2014
The Children's Hospital Association invites government relations and other member hospital professionals to participate in weekly, half-hour conference calls on the latest news from Washington. Restricted

Washington Update- October 17, 2014
The Association encourages hospitals to continue to reach out to members of Congress on ACE Kids and also support extending CHIP funding through working with governors and participating in a sign-on letter. On the regulatory front, the Association continues to work to ensure critical pediatric services are included within the essential health benefits package.

Recommendations to HHS to Improve Essential Health Benefits for Children- October 16, 2014
The Children’s Hospital Association joined 25 children’s health organizations to provide recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regarding revisions to the essential health benefits (EHBs) requirements for 2016.

Chart of Administrative Actions- October 15, 2014
Pending regulations and other guidance shown on this chart allows children’s hospitals to track administrative actions throughout the regulatory process.

Washington Update- October 10, 2014
The Association encourages hospitals to continue to reach out to members of Congress on ACE Kids and sign on to a letter of support for extending CHIP funding. On the regulatory front, the GAO reaches out to the Association for input on benefits, cost sharing in CHIP and the exchanges. Restricted

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