There are approximately 9 million uninsured children in the United States, and the number is increasing. Of those 9 million, 6 million are eligible for – but not enrolled in – the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) or Medicaid.
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During the ACR Board of Directors Hill visits in May, the board learned that SCHIP reauthorization, which is set to expire September 30, 2007, is a top priority of healthcare legislation, according to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) and House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Health Chairman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.).
SCHIP reauthorization is also a priority of the ACR, which supports the reauthorization recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics, including:
- Providing $12 billion in new SCHIP and Medicaid funding annually for five years;
- Offering states new options to expand coverage;
- Extending new tools and financial support to states seeking to enroll more eligible children for coverage;
- Promoting care that fosters children’s healthy development; and
- Keeping current coverage strong.
The ACR also urges Congress to:
- Revoke the changes to Medicaid made in the 2006 DRA that created barriers to children’s coverage, benefits, and care;
- Reimburse pediatric services at 100% of Medicare rates; and
- Establish a Medicaid Payment Advisory Committee to monitor and analyze Medicaid and SCHIP payment rates.
To learn more about ACR legislative priorities, visit the Political Advocacy section of www.rheumatology.org.