Medicaid Reform: Key Considerations for Children's Health Care

Eileen K. Fry-Bowers, PhD, JD, RN, CPNP; Karen G. Duderstadt, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAAN


J Pediatr Health Care. 2017;31(4):517-519. 

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Present efforts to reform Medicaid financing will result in a radical restructuring of the long-standing safety-net program, which provides essential health care services to approximately 33 million children (Paradise, 2015). Block grants or per capita caps shift costs to states, potentially undermine the standard benefits package offered to children through Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment services, and threaten comprehensive health care services vital to CSHCN. Pediatric health care providers must educate policy makers about the important role Medicaid plays in providing access to health care for children and the potential impact that reform will have on access to care for children living in low-income families. The health and well-being of the nation's children depends on it.