Reichert, Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Reintroduce The ACE Kids Act

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Dave Reichert (R-WA) along with Reps. Joe Barton (R-TX) and Kathy Castor (D-FL), introduced the bipartisan H.R. 3325, the Advancing Care for Exceptional Kids Act of 2017 (ACE Kids Act). The ACE Kids Act will help improve the coordination of and access to high quality care to ensure optimal outcomes for children with complex medical conditions on Medicaid, while assisting to contain costs.

Most children with complex medical conditions receive care from multiple pediatric providers at multiple locations whom they access through Medicaid. The state-by-state variability of Medicaid programs and lack of a coordinated care plan creates a care system that is often fragmented and unnecessarily burdensome for these children and families who frequently cross state lines to access specialized care.

“Children with unique medical needs often need specialized medical treatment that requires care from multiple specialists across a state or throughout the country,” said Rep. Reichert. “Under the current Medicaid system, a child’s medical information is not always shared between doctors, hospitals, or across state lines, forcing families to become their own care coordinators. This makes difficult situations even more challenging for families who are often times just trying to keep their child alive and can put children at risk of receiving improper treatment due to the lack of communication between doctors. The ACE Kids Act will give comfort to families by creating a national network of hospitals for children with complex issues as well as save taxpayer dollars by implementing a more effective, efficient system.”

Background on the ACE Kids Act:

Medicaid covers roughly 30 million children; approximately 6 percent of these children have complex medical conditions yet account for 40 percent of Medicaid spending on children.

The ACE Kids Act of 2017 is designed to improve care for medically complex children in Medicaid, while also reducing spending. Published studies show cost savings and improved quality of care for this population when enrolled in an integrated and coordinated care program.

In the 114th Congress, the ACE Kids Act was supported by 43 cosponsors in the Senate and 228 cosponsors in the House. In the 115th Congress, S. 428 has 17 bipartisan cosponsors at present. 

The ACE Kids Act is optional for states, children and families, and health care providers.