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Legislative Priorities 2013-2014

Boston Children’s Hospital actively supports legislation that will help the hospital fulfill its mission to provide exceptional clinical care, research new cures, train the next generation of pediatric providers, and improve the health and well-being of children and families. We have a special interest in, and commitment to, our community health programs, and work hard to develop and sustain systemic solutions to child health concerns. As such, staff in the Office of Government Relations work in close collaboration with city, state and federal legislators to identify and advance legislation that meets this goal. Though we support many bills and initiatives, below are our top priorities.

State Priorities

If you are interested in getting more information on any of these state initatives, please don’t hesitate to contact Maria Fernandes, Government Relations Specialist, at maria.fernandes@childrens.harvard.edu or 617-919-3060.

Topic

Brief Summary

Sponsors

Bills

Physical Activity/ Physical Education

Require all schools to provide 30 min of physical activity a day, and other measures to promote wellness

Sen. McGee

Rep. Sanchez

S 246

H 478

Early Childhood Caries Pilot

MassHealth pilot to expand preventive care for high risk kids, based on BCH model

Sen. Chandler

Rep. Scibak

S 994

H 2079

PCP Assignment

Require MassHealth to assign kids to same PCP if re-enrolled w/in 18 months, and newborn sibs to same

Rep. Story  

H 1058

Telemedicine Expansion (technical)

Take language passed in chapter 224 and put it into all insurance chapters (ch 224 only wrote it into ch 175)

Sen.Montigny

Rep. Winslow

S 530

H 2114

Child Mental Health Ombudsman

To carry on the role of the Rosie D court monitor, which is due to sunset

Rep. Malia Sen.Flanagan

H 1799

Grade Retention Commission

To examine the reasons for grade retention and existing school policies, and make recommendations to help reduce grade retention

Sen. Clark

S 214

MCPAP

Require insurers to pay their share and expand from 4 to 5 days a week

Rep. Balser

H 1784

Safe and Supportive Schools

Create state-wide tool for creating safe and supportive environments

Sen. Clark

Rep. Walz

S 210

H 520

Federal Priorities

If you are interested in getting more information on any of the following federal initiatives, please don’t hesitate to contact Amy DeLong, Manager of Federal Government Relations, at amy.delong@childrens.harvard.edu or 617-919-3070.

Children's Hospital Graduate Medical Education

Congress enacted the Children's Hospital Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) program in 1999 with the goal of providing freestanding children's hospitals with the same support for training activities that other teaching hospitals receive through Medicare. This has enabled children's hospitals like Boston Children's Hospital to sustain and strengthen their teaching programs as well as continue to increase services dedicated to children's unique health care needs.


This year, we ask that Congress to support the mission of freestanding children's hospitals by:

Reauthorizing CHGME

The legislation that authorizes the CHGME program has expired and must be renewed. The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation in February 2013 to do so. The introduction of legislation in the U.S. Senate is pending.

Providing Adequate Appropriations for CHGME

Congress and the President must provide funding for the program in FY2014. We ask them to include at least level funding for the program of $266.8 million.

Investments in Pediatric Research

Investments in biomedical research by the federal government, primarily through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have led to marked improvement in the health and well-being of our nation's population. As funding pressures become increasingly challenging, the need for a strong and sustained commitment to biomedical research is critically important. This need is particularly acute in pediatrics, where investments have not kept pace with research into adult diseases. The National Pediatric Research Network Act would address the shortfall in pediatric biomedical research using a well-proven network model to foster greater collaboration, coordination, and sharing of resources. The legislation would authorize the establishment of up to 20 pediatric research consortia throughout the nation.

We support the prompt passage of the National Pediatric Research Network Act. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the bill in February 2013. The legislation (S. 424) is still pending in the U.S. Senate.

Medicaid

Medicaid is a federal-state partnership, one which is vital to children and children’s hospitals. Medicaid is the single largest health insurer for children in the United States and children represent more than half of all Medicaid recipients. Children’s hospitals provide about 45 percent of the hospital care required by children covered by Medicaid and almost all the hospital care for Medicaid-covered children with complex conditions. Medicaid is also the single largest payer of children’s hospitals’ patient care.
 

Children's Advocacy Network

Click here to learn about the Children's Advocacy Network (CAN) and how you can take action for children.

The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO
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