ChiPACC Act Provides Better Medicaid Coverage to Children in Need
Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), introduced H.R. 6560 — the Children’s Program of All-Inclusive Coordinated Care (ChiPACC) Act. The bipartisan bill was cosponsored by the four co-chairs of the Childhood Cancer Caucus, George “G.K” Butterfield [D-NC1], Mike Kelly [R-PA3], Michael McCaul [R-TX10], and Jackie Speier [D-CA14].
HR. 6560, amends title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide States an option to cover a children’s program of all-inclusive coordinated care (ChiPACC) under the Medicaid program. It requires that the families of all children who qualify for Medicaid receive a specialized care plan covering a range of services – palliative, counseling, respite, expressive therapy and bereavement. This will provide the children and their families greater comfort and peace of mind. The bill allows states to create comprehensive care programs for the children.
Congressman Michael McCaul said, “Families with children facing life-limiting illnesses need all the support they can get, and they should be empowered to seek out that support. We owe it to these kids and their loved ones to help ensure more compassionate care in their most trying times.”
HR 6560 ChiPACC Act will need to be approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee before it can be voted on.
Cosponsors 4 (2-D,2-R):
Butterfield, George “G.K.” [D-NC1] (joined Jul 26, 2018)
Kelly, Mike [R-PA3] (joined Jul 26, 2018)
McCaul, Michael [R-TX10] (joined Jul 26, 2018)
Speier, Jackie [D-CA14] (joined Jul 26, 2018)
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