Pres. Trump signs bill to improve care for kids with complex medical conditions

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WASHINGTON (WDTN) – Thursday night, President Trump signed U.S. Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown’s ACE Kids Act into law. The bill aims to improve health outcomes and care coordination for children with complex medical conditions.

The Advancing Care for Exceptional (ACE) Kids Act would help make it possible for healthcare providers to coordinate care, lower costs, and improve quality outcomes for children with complex medical conditions on Medicaid who require specialized care.

“The ACE Kids Act gives us an exciting opportunity to give some of our nation’s most vulnerable children the support that they need to succeed,” said Portman.  “Focusing on care coordination for children with complex medical conditions is a common-sense idea that will deliver results and save lives.  I’m proud that this legislation is now the law of the land, and I look forward to seeing Ohio’s children’s hospitals, which serve as national leaders in pediatric care, paving the way on this front in the years to come.”

“When children have specialized health needs, they need specialized care – often times that means crossing state lines, which can be confusing for patients,” Brown said. “Many of these children are battling serious illness – they shouldn’t have to jump through hoops to get the care they need.”

Roughly two-thirds of the three million children with complex medical conditions are covered by Medicaid, representing nearly 40 percent of Medicaid costs for children. This bill would help hospitals coordinate and standardize care across state lines, ensuring that children receive seamless treatment.

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