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Pediatric Issues

Federal Legislative Efforts

Children’s Health Insurance Program

The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is a joint federal and state program that provides health coverage to uninsured children who come from low-income families. The CHIP program currently provides coverage to more than 8 million children in the United States and ensures these children have access to care and can seek out preventative treatment options in a timely manner.

  • As a result of the Bipartisan Budget Agreement (H.R. 1892) and the Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 1625), CHIP has been funded through 2027.
  • The American College of Surgeons advocated for support of CHIP funding through:
    • Letters to legislative leadership and committees of jurisdiction
    • Coalition letters and advocacy efforts
    • Action alerts through SurgeonsVoice

Childhood Cancer STAR Act

The Childhood Cancer STAR Act (Public Law 115-180) will help to advance pediatric cancer research and child-focused cancer treatments, while also improving childhood cancer surveillance and providing resources for survivors of childhood cancer. This American College of Surgeons supported legislation was signed into law in June 2018.

ACS Letter of Support for S. 292, the Childhood Cancer STAR Act

Emergency Medical Services for Children

The Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program has made landmark improvements to the emergency care delivered to children all across the nation. As the only federal program dedicated to improving emergency care for children, EMSC has brought vital attention and resources to an otherwise neglected population.

  • The American College of Surgeons supports the EMSC program though our coalition advocacy efforts.
  • Funding for fiscal year EMSC is awaiting action by the House of Representatives and Senate.
    • ACS signed-on to a letter in support of funding through 2024.

ACS Letter of Support for S. 3482, the Emergency Medical Services for Children Program Reauthorization Act

ACE Kids Act

The Advancing Care for Exceptional (ACE) Kids Act is American College of Surgeons supported legislation that would create an organized health care delivery system for the more than two million children in the United States with complex medical needs. Overall, this legislation will play a large role in coordinating care and ensuring optimal outcomes for children with complex medical conditions within the Medicaid system.

ACS Letter of Support for H.R. 3325, the Advancing Care for Exceptional Kids Act