Children’s Hospitals Serve Children from All Across Texas


What’s Happening in the Legislature?

There are about seven million children in Texas, and the state faces enormous challenges addressing the health, safety and education requirements of this fast-growing population. Children’s hospitals serve as the pediatric safety net, providing specialized medical care to children without regard to income or health insurance status. State funding decisions have a significant impact on our ability to serve all children who need the high-quality services that these hospitals provide.

The Texas Senate Finance Committee has made important restorations of funding for foster care, Child Protective Services, children’s mental health services, Medicaid physician and dental payment rates and Medicaid inpatient hospital payment rates for children’s hospitals. Although there are some funding needs that are not addressed, the Senate bill is a great step forward in preserving essential services for the most vulnerable of our children. The progress that the Senate has made stands in contrast to the House Appropriations bill, which seriously impacts funding for children’s healthcare.

The profound proposed cuts to Medicaid funding still in the House Appropriations bill will harm the ability of children’s hospitals to provide clinical care, to train and recruit the specialized pediatric clinicians that children need, and to advance the quality of pediatric care through research and innovations in service delivery.



Children’s Hospitals Serve Children from

All Across Texas

Children’s hospitals are regional centers that serve children from all over Texas. In 2008, children from 243 of the 254 counties in Texas were patients at children’s hospitals, and only 6,000 children live in the other 11 counties.

On behalf of children all across Texas, we urge you to share this newsletter and educate your co-workers, colleagues, and other business and personal contacts in rural districts who do not have a children’s hospital, about the importance of children’s hospitals in their communities.

For information about how many children in your area have been patients at children’s hospitals visit www.childhealthtx.org.



On Behalf of Children’s Hospitals in Texas,

CHAT Has Asked the Texas Legislature to:


  • Preserve funding for inpatient care at children’s hospitals to protect the mission and ability of children’s hospitals to care for all children, irrespective of how sick or injured a child may be.
  • Continue state funding for the children’s UPL program. If it is not possible to continue the state-funded UPL programs, include children’s hospitals in UPL programs funded with local public funds.
     
  • Support funding to maintain access to primary care and pediatric subspecialty services for children in Medicaid and CHIP, including funding for outpatient children’s hospital services.


Legislative Budget and Medicaid in the News

The following news stories provide a more in-depth look at how cuts to Medicaid would affect children in Texas.

“Texas House budget deals blow to Harris County Analysis: More than $2 billion in Medicaid funding would be lost,” Houston Chronicle, April 5, 2011.

“Senate Finance chief: Real budget woe ignored,” San Antonio Express-News, April 7, 2011.




How Can You Help?

Contact your legislators about the importance of preserving funding for children’s hospitals.

To write a personal letter, find the contact information for your legislators here.

OR

Easily send an electronic message to your legislators here.



Become a CHATvocate!

There is strength in numbers! Please click on the link below and become involved. We will continue to keep you informed about these important issues throughout the legislative session. You can also help spread the word about the coalition among your co-workers, colleagues, and other business and personal contacts. Educate them about children’s healthcare issues and encourage them to get involved. You CAN make a difference!

Click on the link below to become an advocate for Texas children’s hospitals:

http://capwiz.com/childtx/mlm/signup/?ignore_cookie=1



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