In January, CHOP President and CEO Madeline Bell visited members of Congress on Capitol Hill to advocate for children. She and Peter Grollman, CHOP vice president of Government Affairs, Community Relations & Advocacy, met with U.S. Reps. Joseph Pitts (R-Kennett Square, PA), Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Langhorne, PA), Lou Barletta (R-Harrisburg, PA) and Pat Meehan (R-Springfield, PA). They discussed the Advancing Care for Exceptional (ACE) Kids Act, a bipartisan legislation to improve care and contain costs for children with medical complexity who are covered by Medicaid.
Bell also met with U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-Marlton, NJ) about ACE Kids and TRICARE, the military health plan for families. She advocated for TRICARE reform to include a true focus on children as a special population.
In recent years, CHOP has seen considerable growth in care provided to children of our nation’s military personnel covered by TRICARE. Bell also met with U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Ada, OK), chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education, about the Genomics Research and Innovation Network, a partnership created to accelerate genomic discovery, collaboration and improved clinical outcomes.
Finally, Bell was honored to be invited by Meehan to be his guest at President Obama’s last State of the Union Address on Jan. 12, 2016, where she was excited to hear about the President’s new efforts to fight cancer.