Giving thanks: dedicated care providers and health coverage for kids

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This is the time of year when we focus on gratitude. Family, warmer-than-usual fall weather, or the chance to enjoy a hearty meal with loved ones may all be on your list. Our team at Children’s has much to be thankful for as we look at pediatric health care in our state.

Kid-focused care providers

We can’t let this time of thanks pass without recognizing the amazing health care providers who offer a special kind of care that is focused exclusively on the needs of kids. As the largest pediatric provider in the state, we take seriously our commitment to providing the best possible care for children. Thanks to our physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers and other members of the care team, we’re able to serve more than 120,000 kids every year representing every county in Minnesota. And we’re thankful for an amazing group of volunteers who spend thousands of hours with our kids each year (74,000+ at last count) providing pet therapy, sitting with families, holding babies and more.

Health care for kids

We’re also thankful to be in Minnesota, a state that is firmly committed to making sure that kids have access to health care. Minnesota’s Medicaid program, called Medical Assistance, provides health insurance coverage for low-income families and about half of the program’s enrollees are children. In 2011, 430,901 kids were able to get the health care they needed thanks to this program.

At Children’s, we provide the best care to children regardless of their ability to pay. This commitment, and our status as a statewide destination for treatment of severe medical conditions, means that approximately 42 percent of our revenue comes from Medicaid. There are challenges with Medicaid (it reimburses at a much lower rate than actual costs), but we appreciate this program because of its role in making sure that no Minnesota child goes without the care she or he needs. We will share that sense of gratitude with our state policymakers as they make decisions that impact this important program.

Thanks to you!

Finally, we’re thankful to the amazing community of supporters, patients and families that support our services. Just last week, our community came together and raised more than $100,000 to help fund our work on Give to the Max day. Thank you!

We know that families rely on us for everything from cuts and scrapes to life-saving treatments. We’re thankful that we can provide that care to our communities.

What are you thankful for this holiday season? Leave a comment to let us know, or tweet @childrenspolicy.