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Occasionally, issues arise at the state or national level that impact children's health care. As a Voice4AllKids advocate, you have the opportunity to help ensure that laws are passed to protect and improve the health, safety and well-being of children. You'll help us speak on behalf of kids in the public policy arena, and make sure their needs and concerns are heard when important decisions are made.

Here are two of the many reasons why your help is needed to support Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital:

Medicaid

As a stand-alone children's hospital, Johns Hopkins All Children's relies heavily on Medicaid, which reimburses at rates less than costs and less than Medicare. Changes to Medicaid at the state level can disproportionately impact our ability to provide care to children with chronic complex conditions.

Nationally, children with chronic complex conditions account for 6% of the Medicaid population and 40% of the expenses. Almost 70% of the patients at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital have Medicaid as their primary insurance.

Children's Hospital Graduate Medical Education (CHGME)

As an academic institution, Johns Hopkins All Children's membership in Johns Hopkins Medicine brings nationally recognized expertise and experience to training pediatricians. Studies show having a residency program in a hospital improves the quality of outcomes, and residents often stay in the area where they receive training.

Currently, there is a national shortage of physicians trained in pediatrics. CHGME is a federal program that helps support our efforts in training more physicians in pediatrics. Any cuts to this program limit our ability to train, retain and recruit physicians.