Where are the Children??? A Letter to Congress and the White House from the Nation’s Children’s Hospital

Reprinted from April 23rd’s Sunday NY Times because it is just that important.

The health care debates for the past decade have focused on adults – their coverage, their benefits and how to pay for it. Medicaid, providing health care for over 70 million Americans, has been front and center of the Affordable Care Act and American Health Care Act debates. The fact that 30 million children receive their health care through Medicaid is almost never discussed. We are dismayed and alarmed national policy debates over Medicaid continue without the needs of nearly half of our country’s children considered first and foremost.
Children represent the future of the United States.

Where are kids in these discussions? Do Congress and the White House see safeguarding children’s health care as a national priority?  The reality is although children are 25 percent of the population, we spend less than 10 percent of the federal budget on them. And, kids can’t vote.

As the debate about health care for adults continues, the risk of collateral damage to children through inadvertent budget cuts is high and unrecognized. Our nation’s leaders should be protecting children, and the decisions you make now will impact their lifetime health. A child today has on average 60 or more years of productive life ahead if we choose wisely.

A stronger future for the United States depends on the health and well-being of today’s children. On behalf of the millions of children and families we serve, we call on Congress and the White House to make children the strong bipartisan priority they must become for our nation to have a brighter future.

Sincerely,
The Presidents, CEOs and Executive Directors of the nation’s children’s hospitals

Craig T. Albanese, M.D. NewYork-Presbyterian
Steve Allen, M.D. Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Michael R. Anderson, M.D. UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals
Meri B. Armour Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital
Michael D. Aubin Wolfson Children’s Hospital  of Jacksonville
Richard G. Azizkhan, M.D. Children’s Hospital &  Medical Center
David J. Bailey, M.D. Nemours Children’s Health System
Madeline Bell The Children’s Hospital  of Philadelphia
John Bishop Earl and Lorraine Miller Children’s Hospital
Robert I. Bonar, Dr. H.A. Children’s Minnesota
Patrick J. Cawley, M.D. Medical University of South Carolina Health and Children’s Hospital
Bob Connors, M.D. Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
William H. Considine Akron Children’s Hospital
Kimberly Chavalas Cripe CHOC Children’s
James D. Dahling Children’s Hospital  of The King’s Daughters
Christopher G. Dawes Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and Stanford Children’s Health
Susan Distefano Children’s Memorial  Hermann Hospital
Marcy Doderer Arkansas Children’s Hospital
Jonathan M. Ellen, M.D. Johns Hopkins  All Children’s Hospital
Luanne M. Thomas Ewald Children’s Hospital of Michigan
Mike Farrell Advocate Children’s Hospital
Deborah Feldman Dayton Children’s Hospital
Sandra L. Fenwick Boston Children’s Hospital
Michael Fisher Cincinnati Children’s Hospital  Medical Center
Christopher A. Gessner Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh  of UPMC
Guy Giesecke Children’s of Mississippi University of Mississippi  Medical Center
Keith D. Goodwin East Tennessee Children’s Hospital
Luke Gregory Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt
Kimberly Guy St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital
Jena Hausmann Children’s Hospital Colorado
Donna Hyland Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Barbara Walczyk Joers Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare Minnesota
Paul A. King University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital
Narendra Kini, M.D. Miami Children’s Health System
Thomas D. Kmetz Norton Children’s Hospital
Larry Levine Blythedale Children’s Hospital
Patrick M. Magoon Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Joan Magruder St. Louis Children’s Hospital
Rick W. Merrill Cook Children’s Health Care System
Robert L. Meyer Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Donald Mueller Children’s Hospital at Erlanger
John D. Nash Franciscan Children’s
Elias J. Neujahr The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio
Kurt Newman, M.D. Children’s National Health System
Randall L. O’Donnell, Ph.D. Children’s Mercy Hospital  and Clinics Kansas City
Giovanni Piedimonte, M.D. Cleveland Clinic Children’s Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital for Rehabilitation
Jeff Poltawsky UW Health American Family Children’s Hospital
David L. Reich, M.D. The Mount Sinai Hospital/Kravis Children’s Hospital
Charles L. Schleien, M.D. Cohen Children’s Medical Center
Mark Shen, M.D. Dell Children’s Health
James E. Shmerling, DHA Connecticut Children’s  Medical Center
Edwin Simpser, M.D. St. Mary’s Healthcare System  for Children
Martha B. Smith Kapi’olani Medical Center  for Women and Children
Cynthia N. Sparer Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital
Jeff Sperring, M.D. Seattle Children’s
Johnese Spisso UCLA Health UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital
Sheldon Stein Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital
Todd A. Suntrapak Valley Children’s Healthcare
Peggy Troy, RN Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Paul S. Viviano Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Mike Wagner, M.D. Floating Hospital for Children  at Tufts Medical Center
Mark A. Wallace Texas Children’s Hospital
William Michael Warren, Jr. Children’s of Alabama
Steve Woerner Driscoll Children’s Hospital
Brenda J. Wolf La Rabida Children’s Hospital
Mark Wietecha Children’s Hospital Association

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