May 02

Time For a Budget Update

A quick (and simplified) refresher on how the federal budget process is supposed to work:

Mar 28

Braelyn's Story

LaKeesha Hines and her son, Braelyn, represented St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Tampa, FL, at our 2010 Family Advocacy Day. Braelyn, who was born healthy but contracted bacterial meningitis as an infant, had been under St. Joseph’s Children’s care nearly his entire life at the time he attended Family Advocacy Day. Medicaid has covered a significant portion of the intensive care he requires. LaKeesha graciously shares what Medicaid has meant to Braelyn’s recovery and well-being.

Mar 19

Medicaid Matters for Kids Briefing Series Begins on the Hill

On Feb. 22, the Children’s Hospital Association kicked-off its four-part Medicaid Matters for Kids briefing series with Medicaid and Kids 101. The briefing gave congressional staff a “101,” or basic understanding, of Medicaid’s structure, including: who the program serves, what types of services it provides, and how it is financed. 

Mar 13

Medicaid Matters for Kids - Simone's Story

Simone spent more than a year in the hospital after her birth and has had many more visits since due to various illnesses and for surgeries due to craniosynostosis, a skull deformity; tracheomalasia, a floppy airway; and cystic fibrosis (CF), a chronic lung disease.  Because of her fragile lung status, she has a tracheostomy (a surgically created opening in the neck leading directly to the trachea) and requires oxygen and mechanical ventilation at night. Last January, Simone suffered a severe stroke during surgery and was paralyzed on her right side. With the help of therapists at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, Simone has regained most of what she lost. We were honored to have her join us for Family Advocacy Day in 2012, and recently reached out to her mother, Shannon, for an update as part of our Medicaid Matters for Kids Month

Mar 01

Medicaid Matters for Kids Month

It’s likely that if you’re reading this blog, you already understand the importance of Medicaid to our nation’s children. We like to toss around numbers and statistics when we talk about the program – such as the fact that more than one in three children in the United States is covered by Medicaid – but eventually numbers start to lose meaning. In June of 2011, over 27 million non-disabled children were enrolled in Medicaid. When you add in disabled children, the number of children enrolled in Medicaid is 32 million.

Feb 14

What the President DIDN'T Say in the State of the Union

Every news outlet has some variation on “top five takeaways from the State of the Union,” mostly dealing with the President’s main points of economic recovery, education, immigration, and tightening of gun laws. He made some great points: saying he will work “with states to make high-quality preschool available to every child in America,” the idea of a “college scorecard” to determine the cost-to-value ratio for colleges, and of course “what I’ve said tonight matters little if we don’t come together to protect our most precious resource – our children.”

Feb 04

There IS A Doctor in the House - 17, in Fact

Members of Congress come from all sorts of backgrounds. Many have “day jobs” you might expect (there are 128 lawyers in the House of Representatives, and nearly half of all Senators – 45 – cite lawyer as a profession) but others have jobs that may come as a surprise. There are youth camp supervisors, carpenters, a mill supervisor, and 15 farmers.

Jan 25

CHGME and Pediatric Research Bills Pass Committee

The 113th Congress is off to a busy start, taking swift action on a couple of kid-friendly bills.

Jan 16

Bill to Reauthrorize CHGME and Promote Pediatric Research Introduced in House

The 113th Congress got off to a promising start as Representatives Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Joe Pitts (R-PA) introduced legislation to reauthorize the Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education program (CHGME). This early start is great news for children’s hospitals and the future pediatric specialists who train there.

Jan 09

Budget Season Begins Again In Washington

On January 3, a new Congress (the 113th) was sworn in, and any unfinished work by the previous Congress was left on the table. Unfortunately, one of the many things left undone was reauthorization of the Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) program. This means that CHGME continues to be an “unauthorized” program, but at the same time continues to be funded. Wait, you’re thinking – how can Congress provide money to an unauthorized program?

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