Medicaid for more than 30 million children in jeopardy, children's hospitals say

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DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - - Dayton Children’s Hospital said more than half the kids who come to it rely on Medicaid.

"Building a strong foundation for kids is very important. One way to do that is to make sure they're getting all of their health care and prescriptions and anything they might need so that they're in school and contributing to society as adults," Jessica Saunders, the Director of the Center for Child Health and Wellness at Dayton Children's Hospital said.

Dayton Children's along with children's hospitals across the country are coming out against the American Health Care Act.

"Sometimes unintended or intended, kids kind of get forgotten in the process. So when we looked at the potential bill that we're looking at, we're just worried that it could negatively impact kids," Saunders said.

The AHCA would lock in a "per capita cap" model starting in 2020. That could mean less money and access to care for kids in the program.

"We want to make sure it doesn't disrupt the coverage that was in place before Obamacare was in place. We don't want the fix to be worse for kids," Saunders said. "(We want people) to know the impact that this change could have to kids and to make sure kids are part of the conversation. While kids can't vote, we need to make sure as adults we're thinking of them during this process."

We wanted to know what Congressman Mike Turner (R 10th district, Ohio) thinks about the AHCA. He told us Obamacare has to be replaced but there are problems with the AHCA proposal.

"I think this is a bill that will work through the process. I do believe that the bill needs to be amended in order for it to provide the type of coverage Americans expect and at the same time fix the problems of Obamacare," Turner said.


(WKEF/WRGT) - Dayton Children's Hospital along with children's hospitals across the country are asking people to write to their representatives in Washington regarding an effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

According to the National Association of Children's Hospitals, under the proposed bill to replace ACA, commonly referred to as Obamacare, health care benefits for more than 30 million children who rely on Medicaid would be in jeopardy. The group says more than half of children in Ohio are enrolled in Medicaid, but they account for less than 20% of the cost.

In a statement about the proposed American Health Care Act, the group has this to say:

Children’s hospitals are alarmed by the American Health Care Act’s (AHCA) potential negative impact on children based on the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis estimating theMedicaid program would be cut by $880 billion over 10 years. The AHCA leaves children in a far worse position than they were in prior to the Affordable Care Act, and with over 30 million children relying on Medicaid for coverage and benefits we cannot support the bill as currently written.
The AHCA in its current form is a setback to children’s health on a national level. A 25 percent cut to Medicaid combined with proposed changes to Medicaid’s eligibility standards would prevent children from getting the vital care they need. If just one child loses access to health care, that is one too many.
On behalf of more than 200 children’s hospitals and the millions of families they serve, Children’s Hospital Association calls on lawmakers to ensure children’s funding, coverage and benefits are protected. Our nation depends on today’s children for tomorrow’s future — we must invest in them now.

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