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Comments about ChiPACC


“The ChiPACC Program represents a bipartisan, bicameral, federal-state partnership that provides more compassionate, cost-effective care for children through Medicaid.  While Medicaid requires serious reform, the ChiPACC Program represents a positive piece of the solution.”
– Former HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson


“ChiPACC is an innovative new model of care for children, adding respite care and counseling to the package of curative and palliative care these children already receive under the Medicaid program. The new program will not require children to be in the last six months of life to receive services.  ChiPACC goes beyond traditional hospice, and it is the right thing to do for these children and their families.”
– The Honorable Michael Leavitt, Secretary, HHS,
September 8, 2005


“The diagnosis of a life-threatening condition in a child is devastating for families; the waiver allowing for ChiPACC implementation will combine medical and support services currently available in Medicaid with counseling and respite care that are also important for families with critically ill children.”
– Dr. Mark B. McClellan, Administrator, CMS,
June 30, 2005


“Secretary Thompson provided the leadership, vision, and compassion to direct CMS in the development and approval of innovative waivers such as the one approved for Florida to support the ChiPACC initiative,”
– Dennis G. Smith, Director, Medicaid / CMS / HHS,
October 12, 2005


“Children’s Hospice International Children’s Program of All-Inclusive Coordinated Care (ChiPACC®) is an example of a successful federal-state partnership that can have an immediate effect on our children in need.  I am proud to have helped shape this program during my tenure at HHS,”
– The Honorable Tommy G. Thompson, Former HHS Secretary,
October 12, 2005


“HHS’s policy decision on waivers to support ChiPACC paves the way for Colorado’s waiver which will allow our state the freedom and flexibility to develop solutions to better serve sick children and their families through The Butterfly Program (CO ChiPACC) in Denver.”
– The Honorable Bill Owens (R-CO), Governor of Colorado,
June 30, 2005


“ChiPACC allows for better, more comprehensive care for families in need, with less cost to taxpayers.”
– U.S. Senator Bob Bennett (R-UT),
June 30, 2005


“The ChiPACC Program is an example of a successful federal-state partnership that can have an immediate impact on our children in need.”
– U.S. Senator Wayne Allard (R-CO) and U.S. Senator Ken Salazar (D-CO),
September 7, 2005


ChiPACC “creates a network of resources for families affected by a serious illness of a loved one.”
– U.S. Senator John Warner (R-VA) and U.S. Senator George Allen (R-VA),
September 8, 2005


“ChiPACC was developed by Children’s Hospice International with technical assistance from CMS to provide a comprehensive continuum of care for children with life-threatening conditions and their families, from the time of diagnosis, with hope for cure, through bereavement, if needed.
– U.S. Representative Jim Moran (D-VA),
July 19, 2005


“ChiPACC can have a positive impact in every state and district, as well as potential cost-savings through Medicaid.”
– U.S. Representative Tom Davis (R-VA),
September 8, 2005


“We don’t have to wait until we are very sick and know this might be ‘it’. We can get support from the day we learn something could happen”
– Mattie J.T. Stepanek,
age 9, February 2000


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