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What’s at Stake for Pediatric Specialists

We’re just a few days away from our annual trip to Washington D.C. for the Children’s Hospital Association’s Family Advocacy Day.

While health reform has provided a step in the right direction for pediatric patients by ensuring health insurance coverage for dependents until age 26, and keeping insurance companies from capping needed health care services kids rely on, there is still a lot of work to be done.

Experts agree that several proposals have the potential to harm children’s access to care.

  • Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME), a national program solely devoted to helping children’s hospitals train pediatricians and pediatric specialists, supports the training and development of nearly half of all pediatricians and pediatric specialists practicing in the U.S. Unfortunately, CHGME funding is far below the support needed to close the gap between demand for care and the supply of pediatric specialists. The result is a national shortage of pediatric specialists.
  • Medicaid, a federal-state program that provides health coverage to one in three children faces proposals that would slash program funding. President Obama’s fiscal year 2013 budget proposes Medicaid cuts of $56 billion over a 10-year period. The House fiscal year 2013 budget proposes capping the amounts of funding states receive for Medicaid, which could negatively impact children’s health care.

At Dayton Children’s we know that children are not small adults. They are constantly growing and developing, and need specially trained health care providers who can meet their needs. To ensure they get the best care to grow and succeed child health programs should be protected, not cut.

This is why we are so happy The Cutter Family will be joining us in Washington D.C. to share their story of why pediatric specialists are so important.

We hope you will follow them on their journey!

Check out the Ohio News Network story on The Cutter’s and Family Advocacy Day

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