Connecticut Children’s Medical Center’s main campus is located at 282 Washington Street in Hartford, Connecticut

Policy Priorities

With the support of our pediatric experts and our patients and their families, we are striving to make children in Connecticut and the region the healthiest in the nation. Our advocacy work brings the voice of children to elected officials and agency leaders working in Washington, D.C. and Hartford, Connecticut. The promotion and preservation of children’s optimal healthy development requires our constant focus and innovative solutions. Our advocacy agenda is designed to ensure we are proactively pursuing legislative and regulatory changes that will protect and enhance the physical and mental well-being of all children.

Access to Adequate and Affordable Care

  • Strengthen Connecticut’s Medicaid program through maintenance of coverage for children, parents, and pregnant women and expansion to some levels to ensure all children have access to appropriate care.
  • Promote the implementation of reimbursement mechanisms that incentivize keeping children healthy by encouraging innovative payment models in Medicaid and private insurance.
  • Remove barriers for health care network optimization which fosters better patient care, brings patients closer to their homes and reduces health care costs.
  • Identify opportunities on the state and federal levels to support the needs of children with complex medical conditions such as through the implementation of the ACE Kids Act and comprehensive home care.
  • Protect federal support of Medicaid by promoting sustained funding levels and supplemental payments for innovative pilots and projects.
  • Improve access to critical prescription drugs and treatments by defending programs like the 340B drug pricing program and addressing high-cost drugs.

Keeping Children Healthy and Safe

  • Promote education, research, and public policies that reduce unintentional injury and violence among children and families. Issue areas include gun violence and firearm safety, family violence prevention, and safety among teen drivers and child passengers.
  • Support development of assessment tools for pediatric providers to screen for, track and address risk factors related to the social factors that impact a child’s health and development.
  • Strengthen community building policies recognizing the impact that healthy homes and neighborhoods have on the health and well-being of children and families.
  • Pursue funding for the Pediatric Quality Measures Program (PQMP) to help standardize and implement pediatric quality measures throughout the country.

Improving the Emotional Health of Children and their Families

  • Advance innovative policies and practices that support a comprehensive and integrative behavioral health system for all children throughout their lives.
  • Support broad access to and reimbursement parity for professional telehealth services provided in Connecticut across all payers, including the elimination of closed networks.

Promoting Innovation in Children’s Health and Wellness

 

 

Download a printable version of our 2020 State and Federal Legislative & Regulatory Priorities

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