Family Voices responds to Rick Santorum statements
As an organization dedicated to ensuring the best health care for families of children with special health care needs, Family Voices commends Mr. Santorum for raising the awareness of the needs of children with special health care needs. We also appreciate the unique perspective Mr. Santorum brings to these issues as a parent of a child with special needs. However, we strongly believe that the federal government plays a critical role in providing this vulnerable population with the services and care that they require. The Affordable Care Act includes several provisions that will alter the health insurance and health care delivery system for children with special health care needs in a way that will fundamentally improve their lives. For example, many of the ACA's earliest provisions including the pre-existing condition exclusion, life-time caps and the ability to keep young adults on parents plan have already altered the financial and emotional complexities many of these families must face. Family Voices stands behind the Affordable Care Act as the best path to helping children with special needs access the care they need to stay healthy and lead independent lives. We look forward to working with Mr. Santorum on ways to maximize his personal experience and expertise in this area in creating policies and programs that better support these children and families.