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Senate Health Care Package Is a Step in Right Direction, Does Not Go Far Enough on Access
Date:12/21/2009

The National Association of Children’s Hospitals (N.A.C.H.) expressed support for children’s health care provisions in the Senate’s health care package unveiled over the weekend. The bill extends the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) by two years until 2015. However, children’s hospitals are concerned the bill does not go far enough in reducing cuts to supplemental Medicaid payments they receive for providing care to a disproportionate share of low income and uninsured patients.

Alexandria, VA (Vocus) December 21, 2009 -- The National Association of Children’s Hospitals (N.A.C.H.) expressed support for children’s health care provisions in the Senate’s health care package unveiled over the weekend. The bill extends the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) by two years until 2015. However, children’s hospitals are concerned the bill does not go far enough in reducing cuts to supplemental Medicaid payments they receive for providing care to a disproportionate share of low income and uninsured patients.

''The CHIP extension is a positive step and would ensure that more than 10 million children continue to benefit from health care coverage,'' said Lawrence McAndrews, president and CEO of N.A.C.H.

Also included in the extension language is a provision that would call on the Secretary of Health and Human Services to conduct a study of the benefits and cost sharing protections offered through CHIP and the proposed Exchanges.

''We support children moving into the Exchanges with appropriate benefits and cost sharing protections, but we advocate that the study include a review of reimbursement to ensure provider participation,'' said Lawrence McAndrews, p
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