Louisville teen travels to D.C. to advocate for ailing children

A 17-year-old Louisville resident recently took a four-day trip to Washington, D.C., to convince federal lawmakers from Kentucky to support legislation that aims to cut health-care costs and improve care for sick children.

Kosair Children’s Hospital had tapped Anna-Maria Beck, a soon-to-be senior at Sacred Heart Academy, as a local envoy to get the legislators’ support for the Advancing Care for Exceptional Kids Act (ACE Kids Act), which would make it easier for kids with medically complex conditions to get the care they need under Medicare and Children’s Health Insurance.

About 3 million children in the United States suffer from medically complex conditions, and about 2 million are enrolled in state plans under Medicaid or CHIP.

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