This bipartisan legislation aims to improve access to care for children with cancer that are enrolled in Medicaid. The Accelerating Kids’ Access to Care Act recognizes that children may need to receive care from providers outside of their home state and simplifies the Medicaid out-of-state provider enrollment process. This legislation builds on the Advancing Care for Exceptional Kids Act that was signed into law in 2019.
Under current requirements, providers regularly spend an immense amount of time to address Medicaid/CHIP enrollment requirements when a child's medical condition requires them to obtain care from an out-of-state provider or care team. This process causes burdensome, unnecessary delays in providing time-sensitive care and can cause a child's condition to worsen. This legislation would address these delays by reducing this administrative burden and creating an alternative opt-in pathway for eligible providers of children with complex medical needs.
Use our alert to ask your Members of Congress to support this bill to help ensure that children with cancer are able to receive out-of-state care when they need it.