Nov. 18, 2014 (Washington, DC)
Cate Brennan, executive director of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, and nine members of the Partnership for Medicaid met today with White House health policy advisors to express concerns about the future of Medicaid program. Jeanne Lambrew, deputy assistant to the president for health policy, and two other White House advisors discussed how NAPNAP and the 22 other members of the partnership can work with the administration to protect and enhance the Medicaid program in the 114th Congress.
“The administration is as concerned as we are that children continue to have access to high quality health care providers and services through Medicaid and CHIP, and we thank them for their support,” said Brennan. “We emphasized that Medicaid is working well for children, adults and disabled persons and is actually cost effective. With 40 million children on Medicaid and 8 million on CHIP, it is critical that these programs are fully funded to ensure access to pediatric nurse practitioners, children’s and other hospitals and appropriate insurance plans.” It is estimated that more than 50 percent of children in the U.S. receive health care services from either Medicaid or CHIP.
Medicaid and CHIP continue to be the primary health care systems for children because less than half of the states are operating state insurance exchanges or have expanded their Medicaid coverage. It isn’t realistic that the children on Medicaid and CHIP can automatically or even easily transition to private insurance plans or states and federal insurance exchanges. Brennan encouraged Lambrew to push for CHIP reauthorization in the lame duck session of congress. CHIP expires in 2015 if Congress doesn’t reauthorize the program.