Senate Health Bill Threatens Kids with Asthma


June 23, 2017
Contact: Ari Goldberg (; 240.678.9102)

WASHINGTON—The Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act would jeopardize the sustainability of Medicaid coverage for our nation’s children, including the 6.3 million kids with asthma.

Asthma is the leading chronic disease in children and the top reason for missed school days. It is the third-leading cause of hospital stays for kids.

Lisa Shapiro, VP for health policy and convener of the Childhood Asthma Leadership Coalition said in a statement: 

“It is deeply disappointing that this bill would move us backwards at a time when there has been so much progress keeping children with asthma healthy and out of the hospital.

Nearly 38 million children depend on Medicaid, which this legislation is seeking to slash by more than $800 billion. For kids with asthma, Medicaid is a vital program to ensure they are able to manage their condition and avoid needless and expensive hospital visits.”


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