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The Washington, DC office of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has been the Academy’s voice on federal issues impacting children and pediatricians for more than four decades. The Washington Office houses the Department of Federal Affairs  which works with AAP members to advance key health priorities through lobbying Congress, building coalitions and raising public awareness. Visit the Federal Advocacy page for more information on how the AAP works to prioritize children’s health on the national policy agenda.

American Academy of Pediatrics Comments on the American Health Care Act (AHCA)

On March 8, 2017, AAP president Fernando Stein, MD, FAAP addressed a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives' Committees on Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce concerning the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Citing gains in the number of children covered by health insurance - currently at an historic high of 95 percent - the Academy urged lawmakers to ensure that the health and well being of children be brought to the center of policy discussions.

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American Academy of Pediatrics, Wisconsin Chapter among 400 organizations to sign on to "Do No Harm to Children's Health Care" letter 

The Children Defense Fund delivered delivered a letter on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 to U.S. House of Representatives leaders calling for them to adopt a "do no harm" standard for children as they consider any changes to the nation's health care system. The appeal is endorsed by more than 400 signatures from national, state and local organizations from all fifty states and the District of Columbia.

Federal Advocacy Issues
Use caution in considering change to current law, groups say
Federal advocacy and policy resources
Medicaid, CHIP and implementation to the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

AAP’s Blueprint for Children: How the next president can build a foundation for a healthy future