Children’s Hospitals Applaud U.S. House Introduction of Bipartisan ACE Kids Act of 2019

Children’s Hospital Association

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The bipartisan Advancing Care for Exceptional (ACE) Kids Act of 2019 (H.R. 1226) was introduced in the U.S. House by lead co-sponsors Reps. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., and Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash. Children’s hospitals applaud these leaders for prioritizing children’s health by championing legislation to help our nation’s sickest children.

The ACE Kids Act supports better coordination of care for children with complex medical conditions in Medicaid, reducing the burden on families. It enables care closest to the families’ homes and communities, reduces unnecessary hospitalizations, and provides more seamless access to specialized care the child may need across state lines. This legislative effort follows the ACE Kids Act of 2017, which achieved strong bipartisan support in both the House and Senate, passing the House late last year by an overwhelming majority.

The Senate introduced their own version of the ACE Kids Act (S. 317) last week. Children’s hospitals look forward to working with lawmakers to advance this critical bipartisan legislation on behalf of children and families across the country.

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