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Government Affairs, Community Relations and Advocacy

Trenton, NJ - Identifying Budget, Legislative and Regulatory Priorities

The future of New Jersey’s children and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia are interconnected. At CHOP, we care for more sick children than any other provider in New Jersey. Approximately one quarter of children hospitalized at CHOP come from New Jersey. CHOP is committed to providing world class health services and improving the health of New Jersey’s children. Our strategy is to serve children through exceptional care in a cost effective setting, providing the best possible clinical outcomes as well as value and convenience to families.

The office of Government Affairs, Community Relations & Advocacy continually works to identify budget, legislative and regulatory initiatives relevant to our patients’ health. The following document will give you an overview of CHOP’s commitment in New Jersey.


In New Jersey, Medicaid provides health insurance to parents/caretakers and dependent children, pregnant women, and people who are aged, blind or disabled. It pays for hospital services, doctor visits, prescriptions, nursing home care and other healthcare needs. NJ FamilyCare is a Medicaid program for uninsured children whose family income is too high for them to qualify for "traditional" Medicaid but not high enough to afford to pay for private health insurance. As of 2011, 26 percent of New Jersey children were enrolled in Medicaid and many of these children are seen at CHOP’s Main Campus or at one of our many New Jersey locations.

Scholastic Student-Athlete Safety Act

On September 24, 2012, CHOP's Dr. Victoria Vetter, a Pediatric Cardiologist and Medical Director of Youth Heart Watch, testified before the New Jersey Senate Education Committee. She spoke in support of the Scholastic Student-Athlete Safety Act, Senate bill 1912, which emphasizes the importance of a pre-participation physical examination for early identification of conditions that cause sudden cardiac arrest. Unfortunately, not all children have warning signs and symptoms, but knowing the right questions to ask and the meaning of the answers is essential.

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