Congressman Joe Kennedy III today introduced a bipartisan bill to streamline the reimbursement process for care provided to children outside of the state where they are enrolled in a Medicaid program.
Cosponsored by Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) and Congressman David McKinley (R-WV), the Accelerating Kids’ Access to Care Act would create an enhanced screening and enrollment process for Medicaid’s pediatric providers and suppliers when there is a low risk for fraud, waste and abuse.
“Complex, burdensome rules and regulations should never barricade a child from the lifesaving care he or she deserves,” said Congressman Kennedy. “State borders cannot stand in the way of kids and families seeking specialized care at one of our Commonwealth’s world-renowned hospitals. By passing the Accelerating Kids’ Access to Care Act, we can ensure that young lives aren’t lost or forever altered because of a bureaucratic delay.”