Sullivan, Carper Introduce Bipartisan, Bicameral Bill to Implement Holistic Approach to Children’s

09.29.22

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) and Senator Tom Carper (D-Del.), senior member of the Senate Finance Committee, along with Representatives Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.) and Michael Burgess (R-Texas), today introduced the Kickstarting Innovative Demonstrations Support (KIDS) Health Act of 2022 to establish a “whole child health care” model for children and youth eligible for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The legislation would authorize federal dollars for state Medicaid programs to improve coordination between mental health and community health care providers to better support children’s needs through a holistic approach. 

“We are in the midst of a heartbreaking spike in mental health challenges among young people,” said Senator Sullivan. “Worse still, our country’s bureaucratic, siloed approach to health care and social services is not serving our kids well at a time when they need support the most. Senator Carper and I have crafted legislation that

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