Call to Action on Insuring Kids

The Texas Pediatric Society leadership was in Chicago March 9-12 for the AAP Annual Leadership Forum. Time was dedicated to discussing the impact on children of the recently released American Health Care Act (AHCA) or the “GOP repeal and replace bill”.  We have great concern and need your help to protect the children of our state.

The American Health Care Act proposes drastic changes to Medicaid, and this stands to significantly impact children, especially children in our state.   Medicaid provides health coverage for more than 3 million children in Texas, yet children are not even mentioned in the proposed AHCA bill.  Although children constitute approximately 70% of individuals covered by Texas Medicaid, they account for only 30% of expenditures.   The American Health Care Act proposes drastic changes to Medicaid, including an $880 billion cut in funding over 10 years.

At 91%, we are at an all-time high of coverage for children in our state, and we cannot afford to lose ground.  We are calling TPS members to action to help bring awareness to this critical issue.  We are specifically providing 3 ways for you to help us advocate for Texas children.

  1. Please submit this letter to the editor to your local paper.
  2. Please call your U.S. Senator and Representative asking them to protect Medicaid and ensure children remain insured. (Talking points for call)
  3. Please send a letter (see example) to your U.S. Senator and Representative asking them to protect Medicaid and ensure children remain insured.

Two documents are provided by AAP for your use as background information and for sharing with your congressional representatives.

  1. AAP Federal Advocacy Medicaid Fact Sheet - Texas
  2. AAP-CCF Snapshot of Childrens Coverage - Texas Feb 2017

To find your personal congressional representatives: http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx.

Please consider advocating for our Medicaid program by doing one or all the outlined action steps.  This is vitally important to the health of children in our state and to the health of our state in the long-term.  Please act today, act now.

Gratefully,
Joyce Elizabeth Mauk, MD, TPS President
Kimberly Avila Edwards, MD, TPS Chapter Chair
Mark Ward, MD, TPS Alternative Chapter Chair
Gary Floyd, MD, AAP District VII Vice-Chair
Oscar Brown, MD, AAP National Nominating Committee