Castor Proposal Seeks to Improve Children’s Health Care
The ACE Kids Act is designed to improve access to care for children on Medicaid who have complex medical conditions.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Reps. Kathy Castor, Gus Bilirakis, and several colleagues in the U.S. House have reintroduced Castor’s bipartisan Advancing Care for Exceptional Kids Act that aims to improve the coordination of and access to high quality care to ensure optimal outcomes for children with complex medical conditions on Medicaid.
“I wrote the ACE Kids Act with the simple but important goal of putting children with complex medical conditions and their families first. My inspiration has been the children served at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Chronic-Complex Clinic in Tampa, Fla, one of the nation’s premiere health homes for children with complex medical conditions,” said Castor, D-Tampa. “The tireless advocacy by children and their families – including explaining the importance of coordinated care to many lawmakers – inspires me. Their help is critical to turning the ACE Kids Act into law, and my colleagues and I could not ask for better partners.”
Most children with complex medical conditions receive care from multiple specialized pediatric providers who often are located at different clinics and hospitals. The ACE Kids Act will encourage the creation of more health homes for these children and their families that better coordinate care, save precious time, money and lives. Outside studies have found that, through care coordination, the ACE Kids Act will save families and the government money through a less fragmented and burdensome system of care for children and families.
Said Bilirakis, R-Tarpon Springs: “I am proud to once again join my friend and colleague, U.S. Rep. Castor, to fight on behalf of children with complex medical needs. This bipartisan bill is very important to families who are served in local children’s hospitals, such as All Children’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital. The care coordination it provides improves health outcomes and efficiency while offering greater convenience for families – it is a no brainer. I urge my colleagues to help us expedite passage of this critical legislation.”
U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-CA,, who is also co-sponsoring the legislation, said: “Children with complex medical conditions require a multi-pronged level of health services which can be expensive and difficult for families to coordinate. The ACE Kids Act aims to better coordinate this care while reducing overall Medicaid spending by creating a Medicaid care coordination program. This legislation is based on existing programs that save money by decreasing hospital visits and improving care.”
U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-WA, another co-sponsor, added, “I’ve been in the NICU and met parents who were fighting to make sure their medically-complex child received the care needed. This can be particularly challenging for those families who have hit hard times economically. With this bipartisan legislation, we’re helping families like these access life-saving care, regardless of their zip code.”
Castor said, “By creating health homes that better coordinate care for children and families through the ACE Kids Act, children with complex medical conditions and their families will truly be put first.”
The ACE Kids Act has been introduced in the U.S. Senate by Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-IA, and Michael Bennet, D-CO.
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