February 5, 2018
Monica Buchanan, Director, Corporate Communications
Hartford, CT–Connecticut Children’s is proud to announce that our own physician researcher and Chief Research Officer, Glenn Flores, MD, played a direct role in drafting language for the recently passed Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) re-authorization legislation.
The legislation approved by Congress and the President included a section drafted by Dr. Flores that makes organizations using Parent Mentors eligible to receive the $120 million appropriated for CHIP outreach and enrollment for the next six years. See pages 18-20 of the legislation. This piece of the legislation was introduced by Congressman Ben Luján (D- New Mexico).
“Our research documents that Parent Mentors yield multiple benefits: more children are insured faster, children’s access to healthcare and parental satisfaction improve, quality of well-child care is enhanced, thousands of dollars are saved per child, jobs are created, disparities are eliminated, and the intervention potentially could save our nation billions of dollars. This legislation delivers exciting opportunities for Parent Mentors to be used across the country to help insure uninsured children and provide them with medical and dental homes, while furnishing families with resources and support to address poverty and other social determinants of health.”
Read here to learn more about why Parent Mentors are so crucial to kids’ health.
After allowing funding for CHIP to lapse for an unprecedented 114 days, Congress extended CHIP funding through federal fiscal year (FFY) 2023. On January 22, 2018, the President signed a continuing resolution approved by Congress that would end the 3-day government shutdown and adopt the Helping Ensure Access for Little Ones, Toddlers and Hopeful Youth by Keeping Insurance Delivery Stable Act (HEALTHY KIDS Act).
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.