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Health care reform: ‘This is the time to act’

Boston Children's Hospital helps families understand the AHCA.
Sandra L. Fenwick, Boston Children’s Hospital President and CEO, far right, joins patients, families and staff at Family Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., June 2016.

Since the new year began, we’ve been working hard to educate everyone — our employees, staff, volunteers, patients, families and friends — about what the conversation about health care in Washington D.C., means for children. We have very serious concerns about the possible impact that the efforts to quickly repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could have on our patients and their families.

Many of you share our concerns and have demonstrated this to us time and again. Maybe you came to our Special Grand Rounds held on May 31, shared The Hill op-ed authored by our President and CEO, Sandra L. Fenwick, with your social media networks or participated in our Facebook Live discussion about the legislation.

The Facebook Live discussion actually took place just as the Senate Republican leadership released its version of a health care reform bill, known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act. We wanted to provide a brief update to our community, particularly as we approach a critical window of activity in Congress.

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Video: Senator Kennedy at Family Advocacy Day

The following videos were filmed at the June 14, 2006 Family Advocacy Day, an annual event held in Washington, DC by the National Association of Children’s Hospitals where families from around the country come together to speak with Congressional lawmakers in support of children’s hospitals. For the past several years, families from around New England have traveled to DC to participate in the event and advocate on behalf of Children’s Hospital Boston.

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Insurance coverage for alternative therapies

24710045.thbAlternative medical practices, such as acupuncture and dietary supplements, have often been relegated to the fringe of established medicine. But some senators are pushing forward an amendment that could get alternative therapies covered by insurance.

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