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The Stoltzes go to Washington

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In late June, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota patient Katie Stoltz and her family traveled to Washington, D.C. on a mission. The Stoltzes joined with families from all across the country to take Capitol Hill by storm and talk with U.S. senators and representatives about the critical difference children’s hospitals make caring for kids with special health needs. Family Advocacy Day 2013 was a huge success, and the Stoltzes, whose daughter Katie weighed only one pound when she was born three months early, did us proud!


Surviving the unexpected: The Stoltz family story

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On June 19-20, the Children's Hospital Association will be holding its ninth annual Family Advocacy Day in Washington, DC. The Stoltz family will be attending on behalf of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

Imagine yourself boarding an airplane, excited for the destination that lies ahead. Despite what promises to be a simple trip, during the course of the flight things start to go wrong.

An engine fails, a fire breaks out, a wing falls off and you have intermittent guidance from the control tower. You cling to your seat and hope against hope that somehow you’ll make it to the ground safely. You are filled with anxiety and paralyzing fear. Your well-being is in jeopardy and you are virtually powerless to do anything about it.


Faces of Medicaid: The Champe family story

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Medical Assistance, Minnesota's Medicaid program, provides essential care for a broad range of families in Minnesota and nearly half of the program's beneficiaries are children. "Faces of Medicaid" is a year-long series that will highlight stories from some of the patient families at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota who have benefitted from this safety net program. Protecting Medicaid is a high priority for Children's. Read more about why Medicaid matters to Children's.

My daughter Ava Marie Anna was born weighing less than a pound of butter. She was 14.5 ounces and 12 inches in length. Ava was born fighting for her life and she continues to work hard every day to make her place in our world.


Children’s at the Capitol: Kids’ health protected in 2013

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After a whirlwind of activity over the past five months, the 2013 state legislative session came to a close on Monday, May 20. Following a game-changing election that resulted in the democrats winning control of the Minnesota House and the Senate, the legislative session offered plenty of surprises and controversy. This ranged from passage of a $2 billion tax bill that included a $1.60 increase in the tobacco tax, to legalizing same-sex marriage and dedicating funds for all-day kindergarten.


Children's at the Capitol: Pediatric health care in the state budget

As the conference committee begins its work to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the HHS budget, it’s an important time to reach out to legislators and ask them to protect Children’s hospitals and health care for kids! Act now to protect pediatric health care.

State lege process

With the end of the Minnesota legislative session fast approaching, policymakers are getting down to brass tacks in passing a balanced budget for the next two years. A big part of that budget is dedicated to Health and Human Services (HHS), and many of the programs that kids and families who receive care at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota rely on are funded through that pot of money.