Nine-month-old Amelia Cutter and her parents, Todd and Sara, joined 30 other child patients and their families traveling to the nation’s capital to help bring to life the importance of adequate funding for pediatric care as part of the Children’s Hospital Association’s Family Advocacy Day, on July 23-25, 2012. During the event the Cutter Family attended one-on-one congressional visits, a radio media tour and a celebratory dinner to honor the child patients known as Family Advocacy Day “All Stars.”
The Cutter Family and their All Star Amelia attended appointments with Senator Sherrod Brown and Representatives Mike Turner, Steve Austria, Robert Latta and Jim Jordon. They also met with their Representative and Speaker of the House, John Boehner.
During each meeting, Todd and Sara, shared their story about the importance of a children’s hospital in their lives and how two specific legislative issues greatly impact children’s access to care.
- Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME), a national program solely devoted to helping children’s hospitals train pediatricians and pediatric specialists, supports the training and development of nearly half of all pediatricians and pediatric specialists practicing in the U.S. Unfortunately, CHGME funding is far below the support needed to close the gap between demand for care and the supply of pediatric specialists. The result is a national shortage of pediatric specialists.
- Medicaid, a federal-state program that provides health coverage to one in three children faces proposals that would slash program funding. President Obama’s fiscal year 2013 budget proposes Medicaid cuts of $56 billion over a 10-year period. The House fiscal year 2013 budget proposes capping the amounts of funding states receive for Medicaid, which could negatively impact children’s health care.
Dayton Children’s thanks the Cutter Family for their willingness to share their story on behalf of all kids in our community!
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