One of the Academy's top advocacy priorities is ensuring children have access to high-quality, affordable health care that meets their unique needs.
The expandable list below includes state fact sheets, highlighting how Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Affordable Care Act (ACA) protections work to support and improve children's health.
AAP members are encouraged to use these documents as advocacy tools to explain the importance of these programs, such as during meetings with legislators, when drafting an opinion piece to a newspaper or preparing for a presentation:
- State Medicaid and CHIP Snapshots, 2019: Underscores importance of Medicaid in providing coverage for children to help them grow up healthy and thrive (in partnership with Georgetown University Policy Institute Center for Children and Families)
- Medicaid Fact Sheets: Explains the importance of Medicaid for children in each state (in partnership with the Children's Hospital Association)
- EPSDT State Profiles: Provides detailed information on each state Medicaid program's Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit and how this compares to AAP/Bright Futures guidelines and recommendations (supported by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), Health Resources and Services Administration). Each state profile compares the state’s 2018 Medicaid EPSDT benefit with the Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents, 4th Edition, and the Bright Futures/AAP Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care (Periodicity Schedule) published in Pediatrics in April 2017.
Learn more about this document in Using Your State EPSDT Profile, and read the EPSDT National Report for a look at the use of Bright Futures in Medicaid’s EPSDT benefit across the country.