Stephen Turkovich, MD, chief medical officer at Oishei Children's Hospital, and nearly 50 pediatric patients and their families from across the country, including the Marchetta family from Oishei Children's Hospital traveled to Washington, DC, on Tuesday, June 26 and Wednesday, June 27 to speak to the importance of prioritizing children’s health at the national level. The annual event, Speak Now for Kids Family Advocacy Day, is an opportunity for patient families to meet with their members of Congress on issues that directly impact their child's care.
Dr. Turkovich and the Marchetta family urged congressional members to safeguard Medicaid and improve it for children with complex medical conditions by passing the bipartisan Advancing Care for Exceptional Kids (ACE Kids) Act and support the training of children’s doctors by reauthorizing the bipartisan Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) program.
Roughly six percent of children enrolled in Medicaid have complex medical conditions requiring specialized care from a variety of doctors, often in multiple states. While they make up a small part of the overall pediatric population, they represent a large share of Medicaid spending on children—approximately 40 percent.