WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) this week reintroduced their bipartisan bill to improve health outcomes and care coordination for children with complex medical conditions on Medicaid.
“When children have specialized health needs, they need specialized care – often times that means crossing state lines, which can be confusing for patients,” Brown said. “Many of these children are battling serious illness – they shouldn’t have to jump through hoops to get the care they need. By allowing willing providers to help provide the care coordination for their own patients, we can ensure children receive the highest quality of care regardless of where they live.”
“This is a commonsense bill that will help to ensure sick kids have better access to quality care,” Portman said. “By improving coordination among pediatric providers, we will begin to make life easier for these children and their families.”
The Advancing Care for Exceptional (ACE) Kids Act would make it possible for health care providers to coordinate care, lower costs, and improve quality outcomes for children with complex medical conditions on Medicaid who require specialized care.
About two-thirds of the three million children with complex medical conditions are covered by Medicaid, representing nearly 40 percent of Medicaid costs for children. These children have illnesses and conditions including cancer, congenital heart disease, cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, and chronic health challenges from premature birth, which often require them to travel to another state to find treatment.
This bill would help hospitals coordinate and standardize care across state lines, ensuring our nation’s most vulnerable children receive seamless treatment. It would also ease the burden of government bureaucracy on families, establishing case managers to help them navigate the complicated, and often expensive, healthcare system.