2020: A Year to Remember
What a year it has been yet it would have been far more challenging for children’s health and children’s hospitals without your valiant support. And for that support, we are grateful.
When the pandemic first arrived in the U.S., we were fearful of its impact on our most vulnerable populations, especially children. Thankfully, children do not generally experience severe COVID-19 symptoms even though they are susceptible to infection. However, they have been put at risk by the pandemic’s impact on pediatric providers like children’s hospitals.
Early on, children’s hospitals answered the Surgeon General’s call to defer non-urgent procedures and surgeries to create surge capacity across hospitals. As a result, patient volume in children’s hospitals declined massively and they lost billions of dollars in revenue, putting their ability to take care of kids at risk.
Thanks to you, our Speak Now for Kids advocates, and our courageous patient families from children’s hospitals that were part of this year’s Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Week, Congress worked with the administration to make sure children’s hospitals received critical provider relief funding.
You sent thousands of letters to Congress throughout the year and our patient families logged more than 150 virtual visits with these lawmakers. Your voices, your stories, your passion made a difference!
Because you spoke up for kids and the children’s hospitals devoted to their health, the pediatric health care system is surviving the threats that the pandemic has brought to their doors. But our work is not done.
To get to a thriving pediatric health care system, we must convince Congress and the new administration to prioritize children in 2021 by investing in their health care. We look forward to working with you next year to ensure all kids have the health care coverage and access to services they need to reach their full health potential.