FACH Florida Legislative Priorities

The Florida Association of Children’s Hospitals (FACH) member hospitals are the voice for children’s health care in Florida. Members share a common vision and embrace short- and long-term strategies leading to exemplary health care for Florida’s children. We believe that promoting children’s health is essential for improving the population’s health, and that policies to prevent and/or treat children’s health problems can be wise investments.

On an annual basis, we review legislative issues and actively advocate on the state and federal levels. Our legislative work is  coordinated with the Safety Net Hospital Alliance, Florida Hospital Association (FHA) and The Florida Chapter of the Academy of Pediatrics.

Increase Children's Access to Comprehensive Health Care

Full funding for KidCare

Full pay options

Improved outreach and enrollment efforts

Adequately Fund Health Care for Children

Protect Medicaid general revenue funding appropriated by the Legislature including the DRG base rate increase, pediatric outlier increase, trauma center add-on, and the replacement of the intergovernmental transfers reduced due to the Low-Income Pool reduction.

Ensure that DRG reimbursement reflects the cost of children’s health care services.

Seek cost-related reimbursement for bone marrow transplants, cord blood transplants, orthopedic devices, and implanted devices.

Support childhood cancer funding to include cost-effective pharmaceutical resources.

Support Critical Children's Services

Continue to build and fund statewide telemedicine services to support critical children’s services.

Increase funding, expansion, and collaboration for statewide pediatric genetics centers to reduce the backlog and respond to increased demand for testing and treatment.

Advocate for the development of a statewide strategy to address mental/behavioral health services.

Develop a statewide strategy to build and fund a system for pediatric rehabilitative services to adequately fund and coordinate care.

Educate state legislators regarding the ACE Kids Act, which provides states the opportunity to opt-in to a Medicaid program that utilizes children’s hospitals to enhance access and efficiency for health care services for chronic medically complex children. The program supports health services and provides planning and evaluation funds for chronic complex medical home/chronic complex initiatives.