congressman pitts and the lipsman family The Lipsman family (patient advocates) with U.S. Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA16). This month, U.S. Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA) toured CHOP’s Exton Specialty Care and Surgery Center to learn more about our efforts to care for children in their own communities. He was joined by members of the CHOP Government Affairs team, John Knapp of the Children’s Hospital Association, and the Lipsman family (patient advocates for CHOP who have traveled to Washington, DC, with us in the past).

In addition to providing a tour of CHOP's Exton location, we spoke with Pitts about the impact of providing community-based care and discussed the newly introduced ACE Kids Act. (H.R. 4930).

CHOP continues to work alongside the Children's Hospital Association and numerous other children's hospitals to further the “Advancing Care for Exceptional Kids Act of 2014,” also known as the ACE Kids Act.

U.S. Reps. Joe Barton (R-TX) and Kathy Castor (D-FL) introduced the ACE Kids Act on June 20, 2014. The Act aims to improve quality of care for children covered by Medicaid with multiple, life-threatening disabilities. Specifically, this legislation allows healthcare providers to form networks across state lines to create a coordinated care system. It will relieve families of the burdens associated with state-by-state barriers to their child’s care and assure that children are able to visit the right provider at the right time, regardless of where the child lives or where the provider works.

You can learn more about the bill here.