Working together on children’s healthcare

Not all healthcare policy in Washington is messy and partisan; sometimes we just need to do what’s right. Every year, I meet with courageous families in Washington and Texas who introduce me to their children who suffer from complex medical conditions. These brave children require the care of multiple pediatric providers at multiple locations, sometimes out of state. All too often these families are forced to spend hours and hours navigating bureaucratic red tape, rather than focusing on caring for their loved one.  

Medicaid, administered by individual states, plays a primary role in providing coverage for these children. For more than three years now, I have worked with children’s hospitals, primary and specialty care providers, state Medicaid directors, family advocates and our colleagues in the Senate to find common ground and improve the Medicaid program. As a result, Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) and I, along with Reps. Gene Green(D-Texas), Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), Dave Reichert (R-Wash) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) reintroduced the bipartisan Advancing Care for Exceptional Kids Act of 2017 (the ACE Kids Act).

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