Please join us for a lunch briefing entitled “Medicaid and Kids 101.” Whether you are new to Capitol Hill or a health policy expert, it is important to remember that children are not just little adults. Their continual physical and mental development means that their health care services must be tailored to meet their unique needs. Medicaid plays a large role in providing children with the care that they need by covering more than 1 in 3 children in the United States.

This briefing is intended to give all congressional staff a 101 understanding of Medicaid’s basic structure including who the program serves, what types of services it provides, and how it is financed. Additionally, the panelists will give a primer on the Affordable Care Act’s changes to Medicaid eligibility to give staff a foundation from which to make positive policy decisions going forward. The panelists will each give a short presentation and leave time to answer any questions you have.

Moderator: Cynthia Pellegrini, Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Government Affairs, March of Dimes


  • Stan Dorn, JD, Senior Fellow, Health Policy Center, Urban Institute
  • Andrew H. Urbach, MD, Medical Director, Clinical Excellence and Service, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
  • Joan Alker, MPhil, Co-Executive Director, Georgetown Center for Children and Families
  • Jana Monaco, Board of Directors, Organic Acidemia Association

This briefing is the first in a four-part series dedicated to exploring how Medicaid matters to kids’ health. Medicaid Matters for Kids features national pediatric policy experts addressing topics such as the basics of Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as well as more advanced topics such as cutting- edge, cost-saving innovations in delivery system improvement. For more details on upcoming briefings, visit the Children’s Hospital Association website.

This briefing is sponsored by Children’s Hospital Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, Family Voices, First Focus, Georgetown Center for Children and Families, and March of Dimes.