Children's Health Legislative Update
from the Children’s Hospital Association of Texas (CHAT)
As federal lawmakers discuss extensive reform of the Medicaid program, CHAT wants to remind you of the vital role Medicaid plays in keeping Texas children healthy.
More than three million Texas children are enrolled in Medicaid, which provides coverage for basic preventive services as well as for highly specialized care for children with complex medical conditions. Children with access to Medicaid are more likely to attend school, graduate from high school, and go to college, becoming healthier adults who will earn higher wages and pay more in taxes than children who do not have appropriate health care.
We hope particular attention is paid to the following topics:
- Improving medical care for children in state conservatorship;
- Appropriate funding for health care services for children; and
- Ensuring that Medicaid continues to provide developmentally and age-appropriate care for children to help them become healthy and productive adults.