FACH Legislative Priorities

The Florida Association of Children’s Hospitals (FACH) member hospitals annually 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.

Florida Legislative Priorities

Increase Children's Access to Care

Increase children’s access to comprehensive health car, including full funding for KidCare, reinstatement of the full-pay options and improved outreach and enrollment efforts.

Protect Medicaid Reimbursement

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 and DSH payments. Support efforts to mitigate the impact of the reduction in federal LIP funding.

Adequately Fund Children's Services

Ensure that DRG and APRDRG outpatient reimbursement reflects cost of children’s health care services.

Seek cost-related reimbursements for blood marrow transplants, cord blood transplants and orthopedic devices. 

Support childhood cancer funding to include the “Live Like Bella” initiative.

 

Include Genetics Centers in Statewide Telemedicine Services

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

Educate Legislators

Educate state legislators regarding the Congressional proposal, ACE Kids Act, that would provide states the opportunity to opt-in to a Medicaid program that utilizes children’s hospitals to enhance access and efficiency for children’s health care services for chronic medically complex children.  The program also would support health services and provide planning and evaluation dollars for chronic complex medical home/chronic complex initiatives.