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Health Care Repeal Bill Will Impact Kids, Says Seattle Children's Hospital

Health Care Repeal Bill Will Impact Kids, Says Seattle Children's Hospital

Potentially put in the crossfire of the healthcare debate is a group that does not get a vote, but is among the most vulnerable: children. Now, as lawmakers prepare to vote on the Cassidy-Graham bill next week, Dr. Jeff Sperring, chief executive officer of Seattle Children’s, is speaking out and traveling to Washington D.C. to make a last-ditch appeal to senators about how the bill will impact Medicaid. “We want them to remember that half the kids in their states are going to be impacted if this bill goes through. Because these kids require such long-term chronic care, Medicaid becomes their safety net,” said Sperring. Medicaid covers more than 30 million children nationwide, and more than half of the kids at Seattle Children’s.

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Ranked as one of the top children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho – the largest region of any children’s hospital in the country. As one of the nation's top five pediatric research centers, Seattle Children’s Research Institute is internationally recognized for its work in neurosciences, immunology, cancer, infectious disease, injury prevention and much more. Seattle Children’s Hospital and Research Foundation works with the Seattle Children’s Guild Association, the largest all-volunteer fundraising network for any hospital in the country, to gather community support and raise funds for uncompensated care and research.

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