ACE Kids Act Passes and Improves Care for Children with Medically Complex Conditions in Connecticut

For Immediate Release: April 4, 2019
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Monica Buchanan, Director of Community and Media Relations
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HARTFORD, Conn. – On Tuesday, the U.S. Congress passed the bipartisan Advancing Care for Exceptional Kids Act of 2019 (ACE Kids Act). The ACE Kids Act, included in a package of Medicaid-related bills (H.R. 1839), will improve care for children with medically complex conditions who rely on Medicaid for health care coverage; its next stop is the president’s desk.

“Passage of the bipartisan ACE Kids Act by the House and Senate is a hard-won victory for our nation’s sickest children,” said Kurt Newman, M.D., president and CEO of Children’s National Health System and chair of the Board of Trustees for the Children’s Hospital Association. We at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center want to give a special thank you to Connecticut’s Congressional delegation for their continued support of this bill.

The ACE Kids Act will enable care closest to patient families’ homes and communities, reduce unnecessary hospitalizations, and provide more coordinated access to specialized services a child with medical complexity may need across state lines. More than 30 national health organizations support making the ACE Kids Act law.

President and CEO of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center Jim Shmerling added: “The ACE Kids Act will improve care for a special population of kids who rely on Connecticut’s HUSKY program. On behalf of everyone at Connecticut Children’s, we are grateful for this week’s Congressional action.”

About Connecticut Children’s Medical Center:
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is the only hospital in Connecticut dedicated exclusively to the care of children and is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best children’s hospitals in the nation. With a medical staff of more than 1,000, Connecticut Children’s provides comprehensive, world-class health care in more than 30 pediatric specialties and subspecialties. Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is a not-for-profit organization, which serves as the primary pediatric teaching hospital for the UConn School of Medicine, has a teaching partnership with the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University and is a research partner of The Jackson Laboratory. Connecticut Children’s Office for Community Child Health is a national leader in community-based prevention and wellness programs.

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