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Jaime Herrera Beutler’s ACE Kids Act to Help Low-Income, Medically-Complex Children Passes U.S. House

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Washington, D.C., March 26, 2019 | comments
U.S. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler’s bipartisan ACE Kids Act passed the U.S. House last night after being included in a broader Medicaid improvement package. Herrera Beutler’s bill, reintroduced last month with her colleagues including Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL), helps improve the coordination of and access to high quality care to ensure optimal outcomes for children with complex medical conditions on Medicaid.
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U.S. Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler’s bipartisan ACE Kids Act passed the U.S. House last night after being included in a broader Medicaid improvement package. Herrera Beutler’s bill, reintroduced last month with her colleagues including Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL), helps improve the coordination of and access to high quality care to ensure optimal outcomes for children with complex medical conditions on Medicaid.

“Children who face complex medical diagnoses shouldn’t be restricted from accessing the best available care simply because Medicaid won’t cover out-of-state expenses. I’m pleased we took a big step in the U.S. House to improve access to care for families across the nation who are struggling to afford life-saving treatment for their kids. I won’t give up on this important solution until we get it across the finish line,” Herrera Beutler said.

Most children with complex medical conditions receive care from multiple specialized pediatric providers who often are located at different clinics and hospitals, including in different states. 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 taxpayer money through a less fragmented and burdensome system of care for children and families.

Seattle Children’s Hospital also supports this bill:

“Seattle Children’s delivers superior care for medically complex children in Washington, Alaska, Montana, Idaho and Alaska - the largest region of any children’s hospital in the country. We serve many children, including those living in rural communities, whose highly specialized medical needs require them to cross state lines for care. However, children face barriers to effective care coordination because policies vary state by state. The ACE Kids Act will improve access to the full range of pediatric providers, from primary care to specialized providers like Seattle Children’s, while at the same time providing additional Medicaid data to ensure care is standardized, more reliable, and safer. This will result in a better system for our nation’s children and their families, and we are very pleased that the House is advancing this important policy,” Dr. Jeff Sperring, CEO of Seattle Children’s Hospital, said.

The ACE Kids Act has also been introduced in the U.S. Senate by U.S. Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Michael Bennet (D-CO).

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