Medicaid Matters for Kids Briefing Series

Medicaid Matters for Kids is a four-part briefing series being held in collaboration with the bipartisan Congressional Children's Health Care Caucus. The series is dedicated to exploring how Medicaid matters to kids' health. Medicaid Matters for Kids features national pediatric policy experts addressing topics such as the basics of Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as well as more advanced topics such as cutting-edge, cost-saving innovations in delivery system improvement.

The briefings will feature national pediatric experts from the Children’s Hospital Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, Family Voices, First Focus, Georgetown University Health Policy Institute Center on Children and Families and the March of Dimes. Experts will answer your questions and discuss topics including the fundamentals of how Medicaid works for kids, cost-saving innovations and payment models, children's mental health initiatives and more.

2013 Medicaid Briefings

  • Medicaid and Kids 101 - Friday, Feb. 22, Capitol Visitor's Center, HVC-201
  • CHIP 101: Past, Present and Future - Thursday, May 2, Capitol Visitor's Center, HVC-201
  • Medicaid Innovations - Friday, July 12, 2168 Rayburn House Office Building
  • Thursday, September 26

Medicaid is essential for kids. Half of all Medicaid enrollees are children. Join us as we discuss how federal policy affects these millions of children every day and how we can make it better.

Medicaid and Kids 101

Whether you are new to Capitol Hill or a health policy expert, it is important to remember that children are not just little adults. Their continual physical and mental development means that their health care services must be tailored to meet their unique needs. Medicaid plays a large role in providing children with the care that they need by covering more than 1 in 3 children in the United States.

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. Additionally, the panelists gave a primer on the Affordable Care Act's changes to Medicaid eligibility to give staff a foundation from which to make positive policy decisions going forward.


CHIP 101: Past, Present and Future

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.



For more information on this briefing series, contact Jenny Rudisill, Assistant Director of Federal Affairs, at 703-797-6040. For press inquiries, contact Norida Torriente, Associate Director of Public Relations, at 703-797-6059.