Dec 11

A Reason to be Thankful

Maureen Beach talks about why her and her son Colin came to DC to advocate in support of children's health care.

Nov 21

A 13 Year-Old Patient Talks About the Importance of CHGME

Child health advocate Dede Dankelson explains why her son Peter wrote to his member of Congress in support of CHGME.

Nov 07

Here's What Advocates Are Saying About CHGME

Last week we told you that the Senate has introduced legislation that would reauthorize the Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Program (CHGME), which provides vital funding for training pediatricians and pediatric specialists. As we mentioned, it’s important that this program is reauthorized as so many of our pediatricians-in-training – not to mention our kids – depend on it. But, to paraphrase Reading Rainbow’s Levar Burton, you don’t have to take our word for it. Here’s what some folks have written to their members of Congress in support of CHGME.

Oct 30

Senate Committee Passes Pediatric Training Legislation

Today a Senate committee voted unanimously to reauthorize CHGME, a program that funds training for pediatricians in children's hospital. Read more about the program, and what the next steps are to ensure it continues.

Oct 15

How Speak Now For Kids Makes A Difference

I don’t think that any parent ever imagines that the birth of their child ends up in a situation as scary as a neonatal intensive care unit or facing a lifetime of medical care, surgeries, and treatments for your medically complex child. These types of things are simply out of our control, and we simply endure and learn how to deal with the demands of a sick child, and a very fragmented health care system.

Oct 15

Welcome to Speak Now for Kids!

Welcome to Speak Now for Kids. We’re very happy you chose to visit our website and are as passionate as we are about quality health care for children. Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, physician, current or former patient – anyone concerned with ensuring our kids have access to the right care at the right time – this site is for you.

Jul 25

How Might the Budget Debates Affect Children's Health Care?

It’s July in Washington, DC, when congressional committees begin meeting to decide how much funding each government program will get next year. This is always a contentious process, but this year is shaping up to have more July fireworks than usual.

Jul 15

“Keys to Kids Care: Unlocking Ideas to Improve Care for Kids in Medicaid"

As implementation of the Affordable Care Act continues, and as Congress continues to discuss proposals to reign in health care costs, it’s important legislators take note of impactful work by hospitals, non-profits, and other groups that improves care for children in Medicaid while reducing costs – both now and in the future.

Jul 02

One More Family Advocacy Day Wrap-Up

NOTE: On June 19-20, the Children's Hospital Association held our ninth annual Family Advocacy Day in Washington, DC. Fifty-four amazing kids came to Washington to advocate for better health care for kids, including Lily Blackburn. In this post, Lily's mom Chrissie shares her thoughts on the experience. (Click here to read Chrissie's previous blog post.)

Jun 26

Family Advocacy Day Wraps Up

NOTE: On June 19-20, the Children's Hospital Association held our ninth annual Family Advocacy Day in Washington, DC. Fifty-four amazing kids came to Washington to advocate for better health care for kids. In this post, mom Carye Everett shares her thoughts on the experience. (Click here to read Carye's blog post about her daughter, Tori.)

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