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Medicaid covers millions of children across the U.S., providing them with the coverage and services they need to become healthy and productive adults. A strong Medicaid program is an important investment for children and the country.


Press Release
Children’s Hospitals Support Bipartisan Congressional Action to Delay Cuts to Supplemental Medicaid Payments
May 14, 2019

Children's hospitals commend House leaders for their support in delaying harmful DSH cuts.

How 2020 Census Data Affects Children's Health Care
April 26, 2019

The U.S. census provides data to determine funding for state and local programs that support the health and well-being of children—and helps children’s hospitals better understand and care for the populations they serve. But young kids have been undercounted in the census for decades. With the 2020 Census around the corner, here’s a look at why an accurate count of kids across the country matters.

Analysis or Summary
Implications for Children of TX ACA Court Ruling
March 28, 2019

The Texas Federal District Court issued a ruling that the ACA's individual mandate and the entire law unconstitutional.

Analysis or Summary
Interoperability Proposed Rules Summary
March 22, 2019

CMS and the Office of the National Coordinator for IT released companion proposed rules to implement provisions in the 21st Century Cures Act related to interoperability, electronic health records (EHR) certification, and information blocking.

Letter or Testimony
Allied Groups Letter to CMS on Mental Health and Substance Use Care in Schools
February 27, 2019

CHA joined 46 allied organizations in sending a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), spearheaded by Mental Health America, that details opportunities to leverage the Medicaid program to address mental health and substance use in a school setting.

Analysis or Summary
HHS Proposes Revisions to Anti-Kickback Statute Safe Harbor to Eliminate Drug Rebates for PBM’s
February 21, 2019

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register that would eliminate from safe harbor protection under the Anti-Kickback Statute rebates on prescription drugs.

Issue Brief
Medicaid DSH Payments Are Critical to Children's Hospitals
February 21, 2019

Medicaid DSH payments are critical to children’s hospitals and their ability to provide health care to all children, regardless of income.

Analysis or Summary
Administrative Actions Chart
February 21, 2019

An overview of federal regulations and other administrative guidance of interest to children's hospitals.

Issue Brief
Section 1332 State Innovation Waiver Guidance
February 14, 2019

Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows states to seek a waiver of key coverage provisions in the law and to experiment with different health coverage models.

Issue Brief
Kids Rely on Medicaid
February 14, 2019

Medicaid helps our kids lead better lives and was designed with kids in mind.

Talking Points
Delay the Medicaid DSH Cuts
February 4, 2019

Children's hospitals ask Congress to delay the Medicaid DSH cuts that became effective Oct. 1, 2019.

Analysis or Summary
2018 State Child Health Policy Trends
February 1, 2019

The complete analysis of the state child health policy trends identified through these calls is available in this new CHA report.

Commentary: Preserve and Improve Medicaid for All Children
February 1, 2019

Children's hospitals must work to continue to protect this essential health care program.

Analysis or Summary
Key Section 1115 Medicaid Waivers
January 29, 2019

State-by-state summaries of waivers for statuatory Medicaid requirements as allowed by Section 1115 of the Social Security Act and approval of the Secretary of HHS.

Analysis or Summary
2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule
January 23, 2019

We have provided a summary that highlights parts of the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed rule with potential implications for children’s hospitals.

Sharing Data, Saving Lives: The Hospital Agenda for Interoperability
January 22, 2019

The Children’s Hospital Association joined with other leading hospital associations to release a report that sets forth a national agenda for improving interoperability among health information technology (IT) systems.

Analysis or Summary
Medicaid Managed Care Proposed Rule
January 15, 2019

CMS released a proposed rule that makes changes to the 2016 Medicaid managed care final rule.

Analysis or Summary
Medicaid DSH Third Party Payment Policy
January 9, 2019

CHA developed a summary of the final rule.

Analysis or Summary
State Medicaid Director Letter on Innovative Service Delivery Systems for Adults With SMI and Children With SED
December 19, 2018

CHA summary regarding a State Medicaid Director Letter that outlines opportunities to design innovative service delivery systems for adults with a serious mental illness (SMI) and children with a serious emotional disturbance (SED).

Letter or Testimony
Summary on Public Charge Proposed Rule
December 14, 2018

The proposed rule would be problematic for children since it does not recognize the importance of Medicaid and CHIP in the coverage landscape for children, particularly those with chronic or complex conditions who qualify based on medical need.

Analysis or Summary
CHA Summary of Report to President on Policy Changes to Promote Health Care Competition
December 11, 2018

Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury and Labor released a report to the president, which makes a series of recommendations for federal and/or state policy changes to expand choice and competition in the public and private health care sectors.

Analysis or Summary
CY 2019 Medicare OPPS Final Rule Summary
November 30, 2018

CHA has prepared a summary of the CY 2019 Medicare OPPS Final Rule.

Analysis or Summary
Conditions of Participation Burden Reduction Rule
November 26, 2018

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a proposed rule intended to make changes to requirements hospitals must meet in order to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs that CMS asserts will reduce regulatory burden on hospitals.

Military-Connected Kids and Medicaid: Ensuring Military Readiness
November 21, 2018

New report shows children of active duty military members and veterans rely on Medicaid.

America's Military Readiness and the Essential Role of Medicaid
November 15, 2018

A new report details why Medicaid is crucial for 3.6 million military-connected children.


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