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Here at Children’s Hospital Colorado, advocacy is a core part of our hospital mission to care for kids. This is why our Government Affairs team works to keep kids out of the hospital by passing laws and policies that improve kids’ health. We work with local, state and federal leaders and community partners to ensure kids grow up healthy and strong.
We have a responsibility to advocate on behalf of our patients and families, our community and all kids, not only because it’s an investment in our nation’s future, but because it’s the right thing to do.
As a nonpartisan organization, we hope to serve as a resource for voters and elected officials alike on the unique needs of children. Above all, we speak up clearly and powerfully for kids’ needs in public policy.
Key issues the Government Affairs team works on include: immunizations, pulse-oximetry screening laws, lead poisoning prevention, school health, workforce, injury prevention, tobacco control, mental health, marijuana and substance use prevention, early childhood and school discipline, state budget, home visiting, access to care and more.
We believe that no child should lose health insurance because of changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Medicaid. All eligible children should have health insurance coverage, whether through private insurance, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) or other programs.
Health insurance coverage is vital because it enables children to access the services they need to grow up healthy and strong, particularly in their prenatal and early formative years of life.