For kids’ sake, close the gap
For kids’ sakes
This is an instance that illustrates the vast gap in the healthcare for all Americans with special focus on children. 30% leave the children facing life threatening illness are left out of Medicaid. That isn’t right.
Rep. Moran volunteers at the Arlington Free Clinic
Knowing of your interest in health care issues, I wanted to update you on legislation I introduced this week in the House of Representatives that will improve health care for children suffering from serious illnesses.
The bill, H.R. 4147, will allow states to bypass the burdensome application process to include the Children’s Program of All-inclusive, Coordinated Care (ChiPACC) in state Medicaid programs. Based on the highly effective, collaborative model of care developed by Children’s Hospice International, ChiPACC provides each child an individual treatment plan, specifically designed to address their illness.
Sadly, though, only five states currently provide ChiPACC services through Medicaid.
The treatment for Medicaid-eligible children suffering from serious illnesses in the 45 states that do not offer ChiPACC, including Virginia, results in inconsistent care. By shifting to ChiPACC services we are eliminating the Emergency Room as the primary care facility for these sick children, reducing the cost of Medicaid services while improving outcomes.
The waiver process to include ChiPACC services can take several years to complete – time many of these children don’t have. With 30 percent of kids facing life-threatening illnesses qualifying for Medicaid, H.R. 4147 will make it easier and quicker for states to provide the best possible care.
There is nothing partisan about protecting and preserving the health of our children. I will be working hard to see that this legislation gains support from my colleagues and moves forward in Congress.
James P. Moran”