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FV Health Care Reform Platform

HEALTH CARE REFORM AND CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL HEALTH CARE NEEDS Family Voices is a national organization of families with children and youth with special health care needs(CYSHCN). Through our national network, we provide families with tools to make informed decisions, advocate for improved public and private health care policies, build effective partnerships between professionals and families, and serve as a trusted resource on health care. Family Voices recommends that the following policies be part of national health care reform. • Benefits must be comprehensive, flexible and continuous to address the unique and special health care needs of these children. o Medicaid, including Early, Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT), should be preserved and strengthened given its unique and critical role in providing high-quality health care coverage for CYSHCN. o The Family Opportunity Act (FOA) Medicaid Buy-In program ("wrap around") should be strengthened by eliminat