Information and Updates

2018 State Child Health Policy Trends

The Children’s Hospital Association has released the 2018 State Child Health Policy Trends Report. The report touches on Medicaid reimbursement, supplemental payments, financing mechanisms, managed care, delivery system and payment reforms, and eligibility restrictions; the private insurance market; behavioral health; and emerging issues at the state level. Read the report.

Florida's Early Childhood Tests Go Too Far in the Wrong Direction

Several respected Florida organizations are calling on the state to scrap the STAR assessment. Read more from Forbes.

Department of Justice Position on Texas Lawsuit Calling for ACA Repeal – Implications for Children’s Coverage

On June 7, the Department of Justice filed a brief in the case Texas v. Azar, which states that the department will not defend key private insurance consumer protections of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the pending case’schallenge of the law’s constitutionality. Specifically, the administration asserts that the law’s community rating and guaranteed issue requirements are unconstitutional as a result of the repeal of the individual mandate tax penalty in the 2017 tax reform bill. The Children’s Hospital Association has prepared background information about the impact of this on children’s health.

Trump Administration’s Public Charge Proposal Could Impact 2.1 Million People in the Sunshine State
The Trump Administration is proposing radical changes to the “public charge” rule that would make it more difficult for immigrants to obtain a green card if they use any of a wide range of public benefits. If finalized, the proposed “public charge” rule would result in declines in immigrant families’ access to the basics we all need to survive. By threatening immigration status when immigrants use programs to meet their family’s basic needs, the proposal would make immigrant families in Florida afraid to access programs—like health care and food assistance—that support essential needs. This fact sheet describes the potentially impacted population in the Sunshine State, including several counties facing the greatest impact.
The Georgetown University Center for Children and Families Issues Fourth in Series of Briefs on the Future of Children's Health Care Coverage

Medicaid, along with CHIP, serves four out of five young children in poverty. Yet Medicaid can do more to elevate the needs of these children. Prioritizing young children in Medicaid through cross-sector, innovative practice change has the potential to improve their lifetime trajectories, overall population health and long-run savings.

This new brief examines ways for state and federal policymakers to use Medicaid and CHIP to more effectively put young children on the best path for success in school and in life. 

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Children's Hospitals Applaud President Trump for Prioritizing Children's Health
Washington, D.C. — Last night, the president affirmed that children’s health must be a national priority by signing H.R. 5385 into law. A critical investment in our nation’s pediatric workforce, this law extends the Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) program for five years. On behalf of the patients and families we serve, children’s hospitals thank congressional champions Sens. Bob Casey and Johnny Isakson, and Reps. Gene Green and Michael C. Burgess — for their tireless leadership in reauthorizing this bipartisan, successful program – and President Trump for supporting and signing the bill.

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Florida's Uninsured, Eligible and Enrolled Children by County
FACH Pediatric Hospitalization Data 4/1/17-3/31/18
Children's Medical Services - Program Activities and Updates
Click here for slides provided for FACH Members for the 11/16/18 conference call.