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- July 21, 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

Modifications to the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs for 2014 (Association Comment Letter)- July 18, 2014
In May the Centers for the Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a proposed rule that would change the meaningful use stage timeline and definition of certified electronic health record technology for 2014. The Children’s Hospital Association submitted a comment letter expressing appreciation for the additional flexibility and outlining a few outstanding questions.

Washington Update- July 18, 2014
The Association continues to ask member hospitals to reach out to their congressional delegations and urge cosponsorship of H.R. 4930, the ACE Kids Act of 2014. On the regulatory front, the timing of the 340B drug pricing “mega reg” remains unclear, and HRSA’s CHGME funding opportunity deadline is delayed. Restricted

Children’s Hospitals Applaud CMMI for Awarding $79 Million in Grant Funding to Children’s Health- July 15, 2014
The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) announced the final recipients of round two of its Health Care Innovation Awards. Eight of the awards, totaling more than $79 million, are directly committed to advancing children’s health and improving the health care system, including a $23 million grant to the Association, in partnership with 10 children's hospitals, to test “Coordinating All Resources Effectively (CARE)” for children with medical complexity.

2014 Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day Highlights- July 11, 2014
The Children’s Hospital Association hosted its tenth annual Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day on June 24-25 in Washington, D.C., welcoming 29 “heroes” from children’s hospitals across the country.

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