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Blunt Honored with Champion for Children’s Health Award

June 26, 2019

Paul Kempinski, President and CEO of Children’s Mercy Kansas City, presents the Champion for Children’s Health Award to U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.).

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WASHINGTON – This week, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS), was honored with the Children’s Hospital Association’s (CHA) Champion for Children’s Health Award. Blunt released the following statement after the event:

“I’ve been proud to advocate for policies and programs that make a significant difference in the lives of children facing complex medical conditions,” said Blunt. “It was an honor to receive this award, and I remain committed to making sure Congress does its part to help sick children get quality care that meets their needs.”

Blunt received the award at CHA’s annual Family Advocacy Day Hill luncheon. CHA recognized Blunt for his advocacy on the Advancing Care for Exceptional (ACE) Kids Act, which was signed into law earlier this year. The legislation allows health care providers to coordinate care, lower costs, and improve quality outcomes for children with complex medical conditions on Medicaid who require specialized care.

As Labor/HHS Chair, Blunt has prioritized federal resources for life-saving National Institutes of Health (NIH) research. Under Blunt’s chairmanship, NIH funding has increased by $9 billion, or 30 percent.

The FY2019 Labor/HHS bill, which was signed into law last year, increased resources for the Children’s Hospitals Graduate Medical Education (CHGME) program, which protects children’s access to high quality medical care by providing freestanding children’s hospitals with funding to support the training of pediatric providers. Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City and St. Louis Children’s Hospital in St. Louis both receive approximately $6 million a year each in funding from this program. Under Blunt’s leadership, funding for CHGME has increased $60 million, or 23 percent, in the past four years.