Federal Priorities

Child Health Coverage

Medicaid is the single largest health insurer for children – providing a comprehensive set of benefits to more than 40 percent of children nationwide and the majority of children with complex medical conditions. Children’s hospitals are major Medicaid providers, and the program is the largest payer of patient care in children’s hospitals. A strong Medicaid program is an important investment for children and the nation.

There are 2 million children with complex medical conditions in the U.S. They account for 6 percent of children on Medicaid and 40 percent of Medicaid costs. Under Medicaid, families of children with medical complexity struggle to coordinate their complex, multi-state care. Boston Children’s Hospital is working closely with other children’s hospitals to advance federal Medicaid legislation to ease these burdens, improve care and reduce costs by organizing coordinated networks of providers focused on children with medical complexity.

Children’s Hospital Graduate Medical Education Program

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.

Boston Children’s Hospital and others urge Congress to fully fund the Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) program at a authorized level of $400 million in FY2020.

Investments in Pediatric Research

Boston Children’s Hospital is represented on the steering committee of the Coalition for Pediatric Medical Research (CPMR), a collaboration of our nation’s leading children’s hospitals and related research institutions. Together with the CPMR, we are engaged in legislative and regulatory efforts to increase and better coordinate the NIH funds that are dedicated to pediatric research and to strengthen the next generation of pediatric researchers.

If you are interested in getting more information on any of the following federal initiatives, please contact Amy DeLong, Manager of Federal Government Relations by email or at 617-919-3070.