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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

d reimbursements to Medicare levels would improve access to care by encouraging community providers to participate in Medicaid and lowering inappropriate emergency room usage.

“As health reform legislation has advanced in House and Senate, our biggest concern has been and continues to be that children’s access to care be addressed alongside children’s health care coverage. Coverage without access is meaningless. While children are roughly 25 percent of the population they are 100 percent of our future. We look forward to working with Congressional leaders during the conference process to do everything we can to ensure children are able to receive the right care at the right time and in the most appropriate setting,” said McAndrews.

The National Association of Children’s Hospitals (N.A.C.H.) is the public policy affiliate of the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions. Representing more than 140 freestanding acute care children’s hospitals, freestanding children’s rehabilitation and specialty hospitals, and children’s hospitals organized within larger medical centers, N.A.C.H. addresses public policy issues affecting children’s hospitals’ missions of service to the children of their communities, including clinical care, education, research and advocacy.

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