ACC Supports Advancing Care for Exceptional Kids Act

On April 27, the ACC submitted a letter of support for S. 298/H.R. 546, the Advancing Care for Exceptional (ACE) Kids Act of 2015, legislation that would establish the Medicaid Children's Care Coordination (MCCC) Program.  MCCC would be voluntary for states, providers and families, and would improve care for Medicaid children with medical complexity by facilitating more seamless care across state lines. The program would also enable the gathering of national level data on rare, complex conditions, in addition to coordinating, integrating and providing a full range of services to enrolled children, including pediatric care management, care coordination and health promotion. 

The ACC’s letter of support was sent to congressional leaders Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Michael Bennet (D-CO), as well as Reps. Joe Barton (R-TX) and Kathy Castor (D-FL). The House version of ACE, H.R. 546, has 115 bipartisan cosponsors, while the companion Senate bill, S. 298, has 14 bipartisan cosponsors.  The College is working with the Children’s Hospital Association to promote passage of this bill.

Clinical Topics: Congenital Heart Disease and Pediatric Cardiology, Congenital Heart Disease

Keywords: Abnormalities, Multiple, Child, Health Promotion, Hypospadias, Medicaid, Muscle Hypotonia, Heart Defects, Congenital

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